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April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

March 7, 2014

Says defendant:  'Our decision has nothing to do with ignorance or being bigots - it has to do with a very real understanding ... of fundamental biology'

Transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the CrossFit Games, a competition billed as the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.

Johnson filed suit after being told she would have to compete as a man in the competition which has been held annually since 2007.

Johnson underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman in the state of California where she lives. She is 5 feet, four inches tall and weighs 151 pounds.

February 14, 2014

New South Wales state police have agreed to more sensitive policing of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival after there were complaints of police brutality and over-policing at the 2013 festival and parade

The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has signed an accord with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival to ensure better outcomes from policing during the festival after there were complaints of over-policing and police brutality at last year’s festival

January 15, 2014

Football Association has told managers to 'react positively' to a soccer player coming out to them, though discussions are still happening on whether they should make themselves known to the public

British football managers are being given lessons on how to deal with gay players, it has emerged today (15 January).

The Football Association has begun teaching professionals on how they would deal with the situation of a top player coming out to them.

January 14, 2014

Premier gay shop Prowler is hooking up with Gaydar and aussieBum for a steamy swimwear show at the Gay Star News two-day birthday event. Male and female models will strut the year's hottest swim suits at the London event aimed at the LGBTI community

Models clad in aussieBum's hottest wares are sure to steal the show this weekend at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

Prowler, the UK’s leading gay lifestyle store, will be taking to the G-A-Y daytime catwalk with Gaydar models showing off aussieBum’s best in swim briefs, trunks and shorts.

January 13, 2014

The state of Tasmania will follow Victoria in becoming the second Australian state to wipe records of convictions for consensual adult gay sex from before its decriminalization

All of Australia’s major political parties have united behind a proposal to expunge the criminal records of men convicted of adult consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state of Tasmania and an apology for the state's former anti-gay laws.

Liberal leader, Will Hodgman, who polls show is likely to be state premier after the upcoming state election told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier today he supports the proposal in principle.

January 12, 2014

Men who carry convictions before gay sex was decriminalised in 1981 will now have the opportunity to have the convictions wiped

The Australian state of Victoria will be the first in the country to erase the criminal records of men who were previously convicted for having gay sex before it was decriminalised in 1981.

January 9, 2014

Openly gay ex-West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa player doubts Premier League will see gay player in near future

Retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has spoken out about the fear of negative reaction holding gay players back from coming out in the Premier League.

After coming out publicly yesterday (8 January), he said on BBC Today: 'I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time.'

The ex-Germany international revealed he chose to continue playing without coming out towards the end of his career.

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

December 24, 2013

The Way He Looks will show the relationships of a blind boy with his best friend Giovana and new neighbor Gabriel

The Berlin International Film Festival has revealed the first list of movies for its Panorama 2014.

Along with new works from big names such as Michel Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brazil’s Daniel Ribeiro will premier his first feature movie around Valentine’s Day in Berlin.

December 13, 2013

The Liberal state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria have all urged Australian Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for all MPs on gay marriage

Australian advocates for same-sex marriage have welcomed four Liberal state premiers throwing their support behind a federal Coalition conscience vote on marriage equality and hope other state and territory Liberal leaders will follow suit.

November 14, 2013

The FX TV network has announced its first show for its spin off FXX channel will be Chozen, about a white gay rapper trying to become a superstar

FX has chosen an animated comedy series about a white gay rapper trying to make it big in America as the first new show for its spin off channel FXX.

‘Chozen’ will premier January 13 next year and tells the story of a white slob who is sent to jail after he wakes up in a hotel room full of drugs, guns and passed out hookers just seconds before police raid the room.

He discovers his sexuality in the shower room during ten years in prison where he works out to get in shape.

November 12, 2013

Viral video of real gay women reacting to the Palme d’Or winner movie became popular after a controversial ten-minute sex scene reached the big screens. 

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' may have won several awards including the Palm d'Or, but it is its controversial ten-minute sex scene that has made the headlines.

The two main actresses, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, shared a passionate and intense moment in the film.

But while it was applauded by movie critics, some lesbians feel the scene was way too unrealistic and too 'straight'.

A new video from Posture Magazine filmmaker Yeni Sleidi shows a group of gay women reacting and sharing their insight views about the 'unbelievable' scene.

October 27, 2013
Mother Monster gives gay fans her first performance of 'Venus', before stripping naked on stage

Lady Gaga surprised hundreds of clubbers at G-A-Y last night (26 October) by performing an impromptu gig at the famous London gay bar.

 

The 'Born This Way' singer took to the stage and performed her latest single, 'Venus', for the first time.

 

Gaga did more than premier her newest single, as she gave onlookers a glance at her pubic hair before stripping naked at the end of her set.

October 18, 2013

Trans artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti shares photos of her former lovers and clients from 19 October to 3 November at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar

Paola Revenioti has been discussing transgender rights, a topic still highly taboo in Greece and other parts of the world, since the early 1980s.

The Greek artist, filmmaker and sex worker is making her UK premiere tonight (18 October) at 8pm in East London’s George and Dragon bar, where the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery will be showcasing photographs from her time as a sex worker in Greece in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

October 16, 2013

Premier Craig Connonier says while same-sex marriage is not on the agenda, he hints it could come up in the possible future

Gay people will have to hope a little bit longer for same-sex marriage in Bermuda, the premier has said.

Due to a recent Human Rights Act being passed, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, many gay activists have said it is time the island nation has same-sex marriage.

But while Premier Craig Connonier has said it is not on the agenda as of yet, he hinted marriage equality could be in their future plans.

September 21, 2013

Nearly all UK premier league football clubs snub Stonewall and Paddy Power's 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign

Nearly all premier league football clubs in the UK have snubbed a campaign to show support for gay footballers.

Gay rights group Stonewall UK and bookmakers Paddy Power called on footballers to wear rainbow-colored shoe laces for today's matches to show they are against homophobia in the sport.

Everton, who are an official partner of Paddy Power, was the only premier league club to publicly back the campaign. Others said it was up to individual players' choice.

August 28, 2013

New study shows homophobia in sport has undergone a generational shift, giving hope to young gay players they will receive support if they choose to go professional

The soccer stars of tomorrow are more likely to be supportive of having a gay teammate than a decade ago, according to new research.

Several British young talents were interviewed in an effort to see whether the perception of LGBT people in sport has changed in a decade.

The researchers, from the University of Kent and University of Winchester, interviewed 22 Premier League academy footballers aged 16-18.

The boys, all straight and from a working class background, said they would all welcome a gay teammate.

August 21, 2013

Gay Star News headed down to the London premiere of One Direction: This Is Us to find out what they thought of competing with the girls, 'Larry Stylinson' and feeling alienated in the fanbase community

While other boy bands played up their homoeroticism before, no other group in history has ever gone as far as One Direction.

Doing so has won the five British and Irish boys a legion of screaming teenage fans.

You might expect an average person to expect their fans to be pre-pubescent girls, all delusional, all dreaming of one day they will marry their teen idols.

Gay Star News decided to discover what is it like to be a gay, 'crazy' One Direction fan at the London premiere of their new documentary film This Is Us yesterday (20 August).

July 25, 2013

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of South Australia has failed in the Lower House despite having the support of the state’s Premier, but another bill is before the Upper House

A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage at a state level for the first time in Australia has been voted down in the South Australia State Parliament.

The bill failed despite being moved by a government backbencher and having the support of Labor Premier Jay Weatherill.

Weatherill today told the state parliament today that not allowing same-sex couples to marry was ‘a layer of discrimination that will be eventually removed.’

July 11, 2013

China’s Vice-Premier Wang Yang has joked that America and China are married in their interests – but not gay married

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang said on Wednesday that the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America is like a marriage – but not a same-sex marriage - during a press conference with US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew for the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

‘In China when we say a pair of new people, we mean a newlywed couple,' Yang said of himself and Lew according to The Guardian.

June 24, 2013

Openly lesbian Kathleen Wynne is to become the first sitting provincial premier to march in the Toronto Pride Parade – though she’s been marching as a civilian for years

Kathleen Wynne, Canada’s first openly lesbian woman to head a provincial government, is set to become the first sitting Premier to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade on June 29.

Wynne took office in February this year and is the first openly gay or lesbian Premier in Canada and the first female Premier of Ontario.

Wynne came out at age 37 after raising three children in a heterosexual marriage and now lives with long-term partner Jane Rounthwaite.