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.
8th February 2011
Gay footballer collects MBE from Buckingham Palace 9
2:13 PM — Aslie Pitter, who helped found one of the UK's first gay football teams, Stonewall FC, has collected his MBE from Buckingham Palace. The 51-year-old, who is the team's reserve manager, was awarded the accolade in the New Year honours list.
3rd February 2011
Survey finds football fans disapprove of homophobia 19
1:23 PM — A survey released to coincide with LGBT History Month says that the vast majority of fans strongly oppose homophobia in football. The research, carried out at the University of Staffordshire, surveyed 3,500 fans, players and game officials.
1st February 2011
Support for Football V Homophobia Day 11
5:21 PM — The Justin Campaign's Football V Homophobia Day has received support from football's equality body Kick It Out and the FA. The annual day, in February, is now in its second year and encourages teams at all levels to tackle homophobia.
31st January 2011
Cycling champion Graeme Obree says he’s gay 8
5:18 PM — Scottish cycling champion Graeme Obree has revealed that he is gay - and that he tried to kill himself twice as he struggled to accept his sexual orientation.
11th January 2011
Johnny Weir: ‘I don’t celebrate being white so why should I celebrate being gay?’ 68
1:40 PM — Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir says he was surprised by the press reaction to his coming out as gay. Speaking to NBC's Today show, he said he saw no reason to "celebrate" his sexual orientation.
7th January 2011
Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28
11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.
5th January 2011
Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27
10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.
4th January 2011
Founder of gay football team honoured with MBE 4
10:25 AM — A founder of one of the UK's first gay football teams has been awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list. Aslie Pitter, 50, helped found London-based Stonewall FC almost 20 years ago. It is now the world's most successful gay football club.
27th December 2010
Mickey Rourke: Rugby star Gareth Thomas had great courage to come out as gay 14
10:21 PM — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke has been speaking about his quest to play openly gay rugby star Gareth Thomas on the silver screen.
17th December 2010
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter sorry for saying gays shouldn’t have sex in Qatar 18
10:50 AM — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised for saying that gay football fans shouldn't have sex in Qatar when the country hosts the 2022 World Cup.
16th December 2010
Gay referee Nigel Owens on reporting homophobic abuse 26
10:42 AM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens has spoken about why he called police over homophobic abuse at a recent game. He was on duty at a Welsh premiership game between Llanelli and Neath at Parc y Scarlets last month when a fan allegedly began shouting anti-gay abuse.
14th December 2010
John Amaechi: ‘FIFA boss must apologise for gay remarks’ 12
4:49 PM — Gay basketball star John Amaechi has condemned the head of FIFA for saying that gay football fans should not have sex in Qatar. The athlete, who came out in 2007, said he was "enraged" at the comments and had made a complain to FIFA.
13th December 2010
FIFA president says gays should refrain from homosexuality during Qatar World Cup 37
5:14 PM — Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, has dismissed concerns that Qatar is unsuitable to host the 2022 World Cup because of its attitude to homosexuality saying that gay football fans should refrain from having homsexual sex while in the country.
7th December 2010
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’ 15
1:58 PM — Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life. The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today and is to be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
3rd December 2010
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.
18th November 2010
UEFA to investigate Croatian football chief over ‘gay ban’ 1
1:23 PM — UEFA is to investigate the president of the Croatian Football Federation after he said he would not allow gay players on the national team.
17th November 2010
Rugby League begins gay equality campaign in parliament 1
9:21 AM — The Rugby Football League (RFL) held a reception in parliament last night to launch a campaign to welcome gay fans and players.The event was hosted by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland and attended by a number of MPs from all parties and two players from Sheffield Eagles.
12th November 2010
German footballer Mario Gomez says gay players should come out 1
12:01 PM — Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has urged gay footballers to come out of the closet. The player told German magazine Bunte that homosexuality was a "taboo topic" in sport, Die Zeit reports