14th January 2014
York City Football Club dedicates match to battle against homophobia 4
3:17 PM — York City FC is to become the first football club to dedicate a match to an anti-homophobia campaign.
13th January 2014
Tom Daley inspires Brazilian diver to come out as gay 14
1:51 PM — Inspired by Tom Daley’s recent decision to talk about his same-sex relationship, a gay championship diver in Brazil has come out in a newspaper interview.
Foreign Secretary: ‘Watch this space’ the UK may have openly gay stars in its Sochi delegation 9
12:01 PM — In a TV interview William Hague says Britain will continue urging Russia to protect LGBT rights and has suggested that openly gay sports stars could be included in the UK’s Olympic delegation.
12th January 2014
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.
11th January 2014
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler: Being gay in football isn’t a problem now 31
4:28 PM — Former star Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler who has in the past been accused of homophobic taunting, has said he thinks it "wouldn't be a problem" for a footballer to be openly gay now.
10th January 2014
Footballer Robbie Rogers: I was left ‘scarred’ by homophobic language at school 3
4:43 PM — US footballer Robbie Rogers says he was left “scarred” hearing homophobic language at school, meaning he felt unable to be open about his sexuality until last year.
Professional Footballers’ Association predicts more gay players will be inspired to come out 4
11:56 AM — The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) predicts other gay footballers will come out following Thomas Hitzlsperger’s announcement this week.
9th January 2014
Billie Jean King warns athletes against taking part in LGBT protests at Sochi Games 14
5:46 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she now believes that athletes should think twice about protesting for LGBT rights at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics.
Former Independent editor lauds The Sun for ‘heroic’ reporting of gay former footballer 11
4:32 PM — The Sun has been applauded for its supportive front page of Thomas Hitzlsperger by ex-Independent editor Simon Kelner.
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Ed Miliband: Thomas Hitzlsperger bravely showed young people that sport is for everyone by coming out 4
10:23 PM — The leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has sent a message of support to recently out gay footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger as he came out as gay earlier today.
National Hockey League first professional league with all-team support for gay athletes 4
7:11 PM — The National Hockey League (NHL) has become the first professional league in the US to have each of its member teams represented by a team member in support of LGBT athletes and fans.
Aston Villa fan David Cameron: I admire Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 8
6:46 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated former premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out as gay.
NFL player: ‘I may have been a little too harsh’ in calling for my former coach to be sacked 2
6:45 PM — A former NFL player has said he "may have been a little too harsh originally", in calling for his former coach to be sacked, and deeming him a "bigot".
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Nick Clegg: Football star Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out is brave and courageous 17
3:12 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised former premiership player Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.
Former West Ham and Everton midfielder comes out as gay 16
12:02 PM — Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay, saying "I've never been ashamed of the way I am".
7th January 2014
FA equality adviser who called gays ‘detestable’, resigns 46
7:32 PM — An ex-footballer who described gay people as "detestable", and who was appointed as an equality advisor to the Football Association (FA), has stepped down.