23rd December 2009
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas’ relief at coming out 5
11:52 AM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain, has spoken of his relief at being able to come out. The 35-year-old star, who is the most-capped Welsh player, announced he was gay last weekend.
19th December 2009
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s gay 87
1:03 PM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain has come out as gay in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail. He becomes one of just a handful of openly gay sportsmen.
10th December 2009
TUC announces new coalition to tackle homophobia in football 4
1:58 PM — The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has unveiled a new alliance to help stamp out homophobia in football. The Professional Footballers Association, Pride Sports, Kick it Out, Schools Out, the LGBT Sports Network and the Brighton-based Justin Campaign met with LGBT TUC representatives yesterday.
4th December 2009
Gay hurling star wins book award 11
4:22 PM — Donal Og Cusack, the Irish hurling star who came out in his autobiography, has won a prestigious award for the book. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published last month
3rd November 2009
Danish club fires footballer for ‘I hate gays’ comment 47
12:08 PM — Polish goalkeeper Arek Onyszko has been fired by FC Midtjylland, a Danish football club, for making homophobic comments in his autobiography. The player's book, titled F**king Polack, was released yesterday. In it, he detailed his hate of homosexuality.
2nd November 2009
Debate looks at homophobia in football 1
6:29 PM — Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, concluded its One Game, One Community weeks of action campaign last week with an event at Brighton and Hove Albion FC to debate the issue of homophobia in football
28th October 2009
NFL star Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay slurs 6
12:37 PM — American football star Larry Johnson has been suspended for allegedly making homophobic comments on Twitter.
23rd October 2009
Brighton event to address homophobia in football 1
4:21 PM — Kick It Out, the Football Association's group for tackling homophobia and racism, is holding an event next week to discuss the problem of homophobia in football.
Comment: Guilty bystanders and alpha male eunuchs 3
3:16 PM — Efforts to kick homophobia out of football will go nowhere if players and fans don’t have the balls to stand up to the bigots, Adrian Tippetts argues.
22nd October 2009
Gay Scottish football club celebrates Stonewall award nomination
6:11 PM — HotScots FC has been nominated for Sports Award of the Year at the annual Stonewall awards. The team, which is LGBT-friendly, will rub shoulders with fellow nominees including Paul O’Grady, Boyzone and Beth Ditto on November 5th at London's V&A Museum.
20th October 2009
Gay Irish hurling star says family have been hurt by homophobic slurs 10
6:21 PM — Dónal Óg Cusack, the hurling star who recently revealed he was gay, has said his mother will not attend his matches because of the homophobic abuse she hears.
19th October 2009
Irish sports star Dónal Óg Cusack reveals he’s gay 41
3:24 PM — Top Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack has come out. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published this weekend in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
14th October 2009
French Muslim football side kicked out of league in row over gay team 22
4:11 PM — A Muslim football team who initially refused to play against a gay team and then appeared to back down have been kicked out of their league.
12th October 2009
French Muslim football team will play against gay side 23
4:18 PM — A French Muslim team who apparently refused to play against a gay side have said the row was a "misunderstanding".
6th October 2009
French gay football club snubbed by Muslim team 29
4:20 PM — A gay football club in France is protesting after a Muslim side refused to play against it. Paris Foot Gay, of the Parisian suburb Creteil, were due to play against predominantly Muslim side Bebel but the latter called the match off the evening before it was scheduled.
30th September 2009
Cleveland, Ohio, chosen to host Gay Games 2014 2
5:22 PM — The Ohio city of Cleveland has been picked to host the 2014 Gay Games, beating Boston and Washington DC. Organisers say the sporting and cultural event, held every four years, attracts as many as 12,000 athletes and generates tens of millions of dollars in spending.
24th September 2009
Bullfighter to advertise gay drink on cape 14
3:39 PM — A Spanish matador has agreed to advertise a drink aimed at gay men in the ring. Joselito Ortega, who is not well-known, will have the name of the energy drink, Gay Up, embroidered on his cape.
Should gay sports stars come out of the closet? 18
3:37 PM — Sport has been close to the top of the gay news agenda for several months, with the publication of Stonewall's report of homphobia in football and a PinkNews.co.uk series of stories on the issue, including an exclusive interview with PR guru Max Clifford.
17th September 2009
Football Association chief promises to prioritise tackling homophobia
1:22 PM — Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has promised to make tackling homophobia in the game a priority.