11th January 2012
Oxford City dismisses player for Gareth Thomas tweet 57
2:01 PM — Oxford City FC said today it had released Lee Steele from his obligations to the club after the player posted a comment on Twitter which was "seriously contrary to the ethos of the club".
9th January 2012
Oxford City player misses match after Gareth Thomas tweet 67
12:29 PM — Lee Steele holds the record for the fastest-ever goal by a Leighton Orient player, managing to score in 12 seconds while playing for the club in 2004, but waited until the following day to delete his tweet about the gay rugby star.
23rd December 2011
The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2011 6
10:19 AM — In our annual rundown of the year's events, we look at the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2011 which took us completely by surprise.
15th December 2011
Former tennis star Margaret Court serves up controversy over gay marriage 94
1:27 PM — Margaret Court, once the world's number one female tennis player, well-known for her anti-gay views, has sparked a heated row with other former champions after saying gays were "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
12th December 2011
Fans say football clubs and agents to blame for lack of gay players 30
3:49 PM — A survey of 3,500 football fans says they blame football agents and clubs for the lack of openly gay players. According to the University of Staffordshire research, more than 90 per cent of those questioned said they would support a gay player and felt that homophobia has no place in the sport.
30th November 2011
Italian Footballers’ Association head “would not recommend coming out” to players 20
2:51 PM — The President of the Italian Footballers' Association Damiano Tommasi has suggested gay players keep their sexuality quiet, because the sport is "different to every other profession".
Rugby star Sacha Harding bares all for Elton John AIDS appeal 10
1:35 PM — Sacha Harding has posed nude for the front cover of Gay Times magazine to support Sir Elton John’s AIDS charity campaign. The magazine teamed up with the Elton John AIDS Foundation for its annual ‘Naked Issue’ which features 54 men.
24th November 2011
Rourke in training with gay rugby club for Gareth Thomas film 39
4:29 PM — The 59-year-old is hard at work producing and starring in a film about the world's first openly gay professional rugby player.
Bradford Bulls rugby player warned over shirtless photo shoot comment 15
12:44 PM — Elliott Whitehead had said Stuart Reardon's shirtless photo shoot in Australian DNA magazine "really let the bradford bus down [sic]". He apologised to club officials for the comment and was issued a warning.
23rd November 2011
Ospreys fine Kristian Phillips for gay slur tweet after “genuine remorse” 17
1:44 PM — Welsh rugby team have issued an undisclosed fine to the 21-year-old wing for describing a Big Brother contestant as a "faggot". The player has apologised for the statement, saying he had "learnt the hard way to think before tweeting".
16th November 2011
Footballer fined £1,200 for “fully homophobic” tweet 22
3:38 PM — Hope Akpan denies sending the tweet himself, claiming a member of his family was responsible, and said he had "no option but to plead guilty".
14th November 2011
Ugandan lesbian rugby player granted asylum in Germany 16
4:41 PM — Sportswoman allowed to remain in Europe after speaking of persecution experienced in notoriously homophobic country.
11th November 2011
US professional footballer David Testo comes out 19
9:07 AM — Testo spoke of the difficulty of not being able to thank his partner publicly on winning awards.
8th November 2011
Hairdresser “woke up gay” after stroke 91
3:58 PM — Chris Birch says he transformed from a rugby lover to a "preened man" after breaking his neck while attempting a back flip.
25th October 2011
Gareth Thomas announces he’s retiring from rugby 14
4:22 PM — Gareth Thomas has announced he is retiring from rugby with immediate effect. The Wales international said he could no longer give "100 per cent" to the sport.
29th September 2011
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
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.
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
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.