22nd March 2011
Stonewall FC player Aslie Pitter joins the Justin Campaign 3
10:13 AM — Stonewall FC co-founder Aslie Pitter has joined the Justin Campaign as a patron. Mr Pitter, who was recently awarded an MBE, is the team's reserve manager.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
14th March 2011
BBC apologises for Hugh Grant’s gay rugby comment 27
4:39 PM — The BBC has apologised after Hugh Grant made a remark about gay rugby players. The actor was watching the England v Scotland Six Nations game at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday when he was invited into the commentary box at half time.
Football Association accepts gay rights charter 7
10:49 AM — The Football Association and other sports bodies have signed a government charter for gay rights. The charter calls on sports to stamp out homophobia and transphobia and ensure everyone is welcome.
11th March 2011
Elton John backs Sheffield Eagles’ anti-homophobia rugby t-shirts 3
2:43 PM — Rugby team Sheffield Eagles are to wear t-shirts to oppose homophobia at a home game on Sunday. Sports fan Elton John said he was "delighted" at the initiative, while gay sportsmen Gareth Thomas and Steven Davies also gave their support.
Gay icon and rugby star Ben Cohen to head new LGBT support foundation 44
11:37 AM — England rugby union star and gay icon Ben Cohen is planning to head a new foundation that supports gay charities and organisations.
10th March 2011
Government ‘will work with FA to encourage gay footballers’ 20
2:14 PM — The government will work with the Football Association to encourage gay footballers to come out, equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said.
9th March 2011
Swedish footballer Anton Hysen comes out as gay 61
11:07 AM — Swedish football player Anton Hysen has announced he is gay. The 20-year-old came out in an interview with Offside magazine today.
6th March 2011
Alexander McQueen’s fashion label to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress 32
10:01 AM — The late gay designer Alexander McQueen's fashion label is to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress for marriage to Prince William according to the Sunday Times.
3rd March 2011
Turkey’s first openly gay football referee continues legal battle 3
10:31 AM — Turkey's first openly gay referee has said he will push on with his legal battle against the Turkish Football Federation, who barred him from officiating over matches in 2008.
2nd March 2011
Elton John receives invitation to royal wedding 7
11:19 AM — The close friend of Diana revealed he has been unexpectedly invited to attend.
1st March 2011
Playgirl UK launches – but without the nudity 19
4:15 PM — Playgirl magazine is to launch in the UK this month but unlike its US sister publication, it will not contain any below-the-belt nudity. The US magazine is a favourite with gay men and up to 50 per cent of the readership has been estimated to be male.
Support for ‘brave’ Steven Davies after coming out 8
1:40 PM — England cricketer Steven Davies' announcement that he is gay has been met with kindness and support in the cricketing world. The 24-year-old came out yesterday in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, having already told his teammates and family.
28th February 2011
England cricketer Steven Davies comes out as gay 61
10:42 AM — Steven Davies, the England wicket keeper, has announced he is gay. The 24-year-old came out to his family five years ago and to his teammates last year but came out publicly in an interview today.
23rd February 2011
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".
Polish gay football fans ask for separate seats at Euro 2012 4
2:09 PM — A Polish group of gay football fans has asked for separate seating at the 2012 European Championships to protect them from other fans.
22nd February 2011
Gay cycling champion Graeme Obree to write autobiography 1
2:34 PM — After coming out last month, cycling world champion Graeme Obree says he plans to write an autobiography. The sportsman, known as the Flying Scotsman, recently admitted that he tried to kill himself twice as he struggled to accept his sexual orientation.
17th February 2011
World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15
1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.
10th February 2011
Mickey Rourke to watch Gareth Thomas match 13
2:33 PM — Mickey Rourke is set to watch gay rugby star Gareth Thomas play in Wales this weekend as preparation for a film about the player's life.
9th February 2011
German footballer Manuel Neuer encourages gay players to be open 11
5:09 PM — German football Manuel Neuer says that gay players should come out and not fear the reaction of fans. The Schalke goalkeeper, talking to Bunte magazine, said fans would care more about the player's performance.