20th September 2013
Stonewall dismisses criticism of Paddy Power rainbow laces campaign 21
3:55 PM — Stonewall has dismissed criticism regarding its campaign against homophobia in football after several Premier League clubs said they wouldn’t be able to support it because of the involvement of Paddy Power.
Manchester United, Spurs and Norwich can’t support rainbow laces campaign due to Paddy Power 35
11:06 AM — Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and Norwich, have refused to back the rainbow laces project because they believe it amounts to an advertising campaign for bookmaker Paddy Power.
19th September 2013
Critics warn ‘Right Behind Gay Footballers’ slogan relies on ‘innuendo’ about gay sex 36
2:07 PM — The “Right Behind Gay Footballers” campaign by Stonewall and Paddy Power is relying on "sexualised innuendo and stereotypes about gay men" – according to the group Football v Homophobia.
Gary Lineker to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces on Match of the Day 5
12:34 PM — Gary Lineker has requested a pair of rainbow laces so he can wear them on Saturday night's Match of the Day in support of a campaign against homophobia in football.
18th September 2013
US: Baseball player said he was questioned by teammates on why he joined NOH8 campaign with his wife 8
7:11 PM — A US baseball player has said that players on his team questioned why he and his wife would appear in photographs for the NOH8 campaign.
Recently out Canadian speed skater joins anti homophobia sporting organisation 1
6:48 PM — A Canadian figure skater has joined forces with an anti-homophobia advocacy group in the wake of coming out and announcing her opposition to Russian anti-gay laws.
Bradford City FC will fly rainbow pride flag on match days 4
6:19 PM — Bradford City Football Club will fly the rainbow flag at its stadium on match days, the club has announced.
Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be competing at 2014 Winter Olympics 14
5:52 PM — Figure skater Johnny Weir won't be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after failing to register for the national championships
Everton FC announced as first Premier League team to wear rainbow laces against homophobia 6
5:52 PM — Everton FC has become the first Premier League football team to announce that its players will wear rainbow laces in support of an anti-homophobia campaign.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas backs rainbow laces anti-homophobia in football campaign 1
5:16 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas is supporting a new campaign against homophobia in football, which encourages professional footballers to wear rainbow laces on their boots.
Premier League says ‘individual clubs and players’ can decide on anti-homophobia rainbow laces 9
4:58 PM — The Premier League has said that it will leave the decision on whether or not to wear rainbow laces as part of an anti-homophobia campaign to "individual clubs and players."
Team GB Olympic hockey stars have civil partnership ceremony 3
12:35 PM — Two members of the British women's field hockey team who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games have entered a civil partnership.
17th September 2013
Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’ 8
11:39 AM — QPR midfielder Joey Barton says the “bureaucrats” in football have been guilty of not taking a tough enough stance against homophobia.
16th September 2013
Gay Football Supporters’ Network applauds rainbow laces campaign 8
6:06 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network has praised a new campaign on tackling homophobia in football by encouraging players to wear rainbow laces.
Joey Barton becomes first footballer to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces 17
2:09 PM — Football star Joey Barton says “people’s sexuality shouldn't be an issue” in the sport
UK: Footballers urged to wear rainbow laces in support of gay players 16
10:49 AM — Stonewall has teamed up with bookmaker Paddy Power to encourage players to show their support for gay footballers by wearing rainbow coloured boot laces.
12th September 2013
German football legend Oliver Kahn tells gay players: ‘Don’t come out’ 12
2:36 PM — German football legend Oliver Kahn has told gay footballers to keep their sexuality a secret, saying that he "wouldn't advise" them to come out.
Simon Callow questions calls for Russian Olympic boycott 34
1:07 PM — Actor and director Simon Callow has questioned calls for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics Games in Sochi next year, claiming: “boycotts are rarely effective, talking is.”
11th September 2013
Rugby star Stuart Reardon: Anti-gay laws in Russia ‘disgusting’ but I don’t support a boycott of Sochi 53
3:49 PM — Professional rugby league player and model Stuart Reardon has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia, but says that he does not support a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, because he thinks athletes should not be punished.
10th September 2013
Michael Jordan’s daughter comes out as gay on Instagram 6
1:57 PM — The daughter of NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, has come out as gay by posting a picture of her and her girlfriend on Instagram.