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July 28, 2014

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored as sportsperson of the year by Germany’s 11Freunde football magazine for his courage in coming out as a gay man

Recently retired professional German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored by football magazine 11Freunde as its sportsperson of the year after he made the decision to come out publicly as gay in January this year.

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Hitzlsperger’s courage at an awards ceremony held by the magazine on Saturday.

‘Thomas is a trail blazer,’ Niersbach said, presenting the award, ‘He made a very deliberate decision in going public.’

January 12, 2014

Boxing star has issued an apology for offensive remarks made in the Big Brother house, but says he still believes people choose to be gay just like people choose to smoke

Evander Holyfield has apologised for his recent anti-gay remarks made in the current UK Big Brother series, but now says ‘being gay is like smoking’.

May 21, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church is believed to be getting ready to protest the funerals of those killed by the 200mph winds

An Oklahoma tornado that has claimed the lives of up to 91 people is being blamed on Jason Collins.

Fred Phelps Jr, the son of the leader behind the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has linked homosexuality to the destructive natural disaster.

He said Oklahoma sportsman Kevin Durant offended God by saying ‘no one has the right to judge’ the first openly gay basketball player.

Phelps tweeted: ‘OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashed OK. You do the math. #GodH8sFags #FagsDoomNations #FearGod #GodH8sU’

March 25, 2013

According to several sources, a closeted National Football League player is preparing to come out as gay

A football player is preparing to come out as gay, according to reports.

According to CBS Sports Mike Freeman, a gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly in the next few months, and after doing so attempt to continue his career.

February 19, 2013

Paralympic athlete, charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will no longer be involved in the homophobic bullying campaign

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murder, was cut from the pro-gay It Gets Better campaign yesterday (18 February).

The organizers of the campaign aiming to stop homophobic bullying said it would be inappropriate for the sportsman to continue to be involved, the South Africa Times reports.

December 17, 2012

Jason Ball hopes speaking to new footballers about homophobia will have a positive impact on the sport

Gay Aussie Rules football star Jason Ball will teach new players about homophobia.

The sportsman who came out in September will speak to the rookie athletes about gay hate during their induction training by the Australian Football League Players Association in January.

Ball hopes giving new recruits the chance to meet and talk to an openly gay player will make a positive impact on the sport.

'People are able to connect with a personal story a lot better than a bunch of rules or regulations,' he told MCV. 'That’s what I can provide.'

September 13, 2012

A top Bundesliga player has spoken anonymously about being in the closet, saying there is still 'little hope' for gay athletes to be open about their sexuality

A top German footballer has secretly come out as gay but refuses to go public because of fears for his safety.

Speaking anonymously to magazine Fluter, the Bundesliga player said: 'I would no longer be safe if my sexuality was to be made public.

'I don’t know whether I will be able to take the constant tension between the model heterosexual player and the possible discovery until the end of my career.'

September 10, 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

August 27, 2012

This year’s Brisbane Pride Festival will run from August 31 until September 30 and comes just as the weather hots up in Australia’s ‘sunshine state’

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT family through September this year, beginning with a launch party on the night of August 31.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘We are family,’ which Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said was about celebrating a sense of community.

‘We want to celebrate all that is wonderful and wild about our community, and we have a fantastic array of events that reflect the interests of our diverse queer community,’ Hancock told the Gay News Network.

August 19, 2012

Documentary filmmakers looking for financing to complete project about  Olympic champion Greg Louganis

The producers of a documentary on Greg Louganis are looking for funds for their project. 

Filmmakers Cheryl Furjanic and Will Sweeney have turned to Kickstarter to get the last $3,000 of a $50,000 goal.  Their deadline is 22 August.

August 7, 2012

Only gay sportsman representing Britain in equestrian event edges Germany

Carl Hester, the only gay sportsman representing host nation Britain in the 2012 Olympics equestrian event, was part of the dressage team that won the gold medal today (7 August).

The win by Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin resulted in Britain's 20th gold medal of these Olympics. They finished in first place ahead of Germany in the competition at Greenwich Park.

It is the first medal for Hester who had gone home empty-handed at past Olympics in Athens, Sydney and Barcelona.

July 21, 2012

Football star denies meaning to cause offence after given €15000 fine from UEFA

Italian striker and soccer star Antonio Cassano has received a €15,000 ($18,400, £11,700) fine for a homophobic comment.

The sportsman stunned reporters during a press conference on 12 June when he said he hoped there were no homosexual players in the squad.

He later said his comments had been misinterpreted and denied he wanted to cause offence.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

February 28, 2012

Discrimination through a lens at Amnesty International exhibition in Croatia

Former NBA basketball player John Amaechi will open an anti-discrimination photo exhibition in Croatia.

Yes to Diversity, No to Discrimination will feature photographs celebrating diversity across Europe and is the conclusion of a Europe-wide competition by human rights group Amnesty International.