6th August 2010
2012 Olympics chiefs urged to highlight London’s ‘diverse communities’ 4
3:29 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is to meet the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics next week to urge them to promote London's diverse communities. He is calling on them to ensure that minorities are visible during ceremonies.
Gay icon and rugby star Ben Cohen supports Gay Sports Day 8
3:04 PM — England rugby union star and gay icon Ben Cohen has given his support to this year's Gay Sports Day. The day, organised by GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, will be held on August 30th.
16th July 2010
John Amaechi says gay sports stars shouldn’t come out too soon 26
10:56 AM — Gay former basketball star John Amaechi has said that gay sportsmen and women should not rush to come out if they do not feel ready.
14th July 2010
Tennis is ‘most gay-friendly sport’ 5
5:26 PM — A poll of gay men and lesbians has found that tennis is seen as the most gay-friendly sport. Sixty-five per cent of the 700 people surveyed by Stonewall said they thought tennis was the most welcoming sport to gay fans and players.
Germany’s World Cup team ‘a bunch of gays’, says captain’s agent 15
2:37 PM — German football has been hit by controversy after the agent of injured captain Michael Ballack was reported to have described the World Cup team as a "bunch of gays".
13th July 2010
Football study finds 93% of fans disapprove of anti-gay abuse 4
11:59 AM — A study of more than 2,000 football fans has found that the vast majority frown upon homophobic abuse shouted from the terraces. The research, carried out by the University of Staffordshire, found that 93 per cent of those surveyed disapproved of the abuse and 60 per cent thought gay footballers should come out of the closet.
12th July 2010
Castleford rugby club bans three fans for Gareth Thomas abuse 2
3:33 PM — Castleford Tigers rugby club said on Friday it had banned three fans for shouting homophobic abuse at Welsh player Gareth Thomas. The club was fined £40,000 by the Rugby Football League for the incident.
Gay basketball star John Amaechi becomes LGBT History Month patron
11:35 AM — Former NBA basketball player John Amaechi has become a patron of LGBT History Month. The trained psychologist said he hoped to be a visible role model to young people.
8th July 2010
Caster Semenya to return to sport after gender controversy 5
11:39 AM — The African runner Caster Semenya has been given the all-clear by the IAAF over her gender tests and will compete this month, her agent says.
5th July 2010
Feature: Football’s last taboo 7
6:00 PM — Why has so little advancement been made around homophobia in football in the last 30 years? Ben Riley-Smith meets gay grassroots players to find out more about the sport's last taboo.
World Cup footballer ‘in gay affair’
11:08 AM — A World Cup footballer is the subject of internet rumours that he had a year-long affair with a British reality TV star. The player, who is in South Africa and is said to be "well-known", was accused of the affair by the TV star on Friday in a blog.
2nd July 2010
London 2012 Olympics to sell special ‘gay’ pin badges 10
2:50 PM — The organising committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games is to sell special pin badges aimed at LGBT people. The £5 badges will be the first in a series highlighting the six 'strands of diversity' and feature the 2012 Games' logo against a rainbow flag.
1st July 2010
Gay football group Justin Campaign receives £2,000 grant 1
3:24 PM — The Justin Campaign, a group set up to tackle homophobia in football, has won a £2,000 cash injection. The campaign, named after the late gay football star Justin Fashanu, was awarded a development grant from Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, and the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.
30th June 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘delighted’ at rugby club’s £40,000 fine 8
11:10 AM — Gay rugby league player Gareth Thomas is said to be delighted at the Rugby Football League's decision to fine Castleford Tigers after its fans shouted homophobic abuse at him.
29th June 2010
Rugby club fined £40,000 for anti-gay chants at Gareth Thomas 17
2:01 PM — Castleford Tigers rugby club has been hit with a £40,000 fine after its fans subjected gay player Gareth Thomas to homophobic taunts.
25th June 2010
Stanley Cup to feature at Chicago gay pride parade
1:19 PM — The Stanley Cup, the trophy annually awarded to the champion team of the National Hockey League, will be on display at this Sunday's Chicago Gay Pride Parade - its first appearance at a gay-themed event.
23rd June 2010
Daily Mirror journalist says there is ‘no chance’ of English football players coming out 24
11:04 AM — Daily Mirror sports jounalist John Cross has stated in an interview with an anti-homophobia in sport website that he cannot see any English footballers coming out in the near future as "our sport has created a dangerous taboo".
15th June 2010
Freddie Ljungberg ‘proud’ of gay gossip 14
11:25 AM — Swedish football star Freddie Ljungberg says he is "proud" of the rumours he is gay. The 33-year-old player has been the subject of gossip about his sexuality for years, due to his bachelor lifestyle and love of musicals and fashion.
8th June 2010
Play on Justin Fashanu’s last year to be shown next month 3
4:42 PM — A play exploring Justin Fashanu's last year is to be shown in London next month. The Norwich City player remains the only top-level footballer to have ever come out as gay.
4th June 2010
Online survey to question football fans on homophobia 4
12:03 PM — University researchers are conducting a study on the attitudes of football fans towards out gay players. Staffordshire University is launching the self-selecting online survey this week and a small pilot study has found positive attitudes to homosexuality.