18th May 2012
Rugby Super League champions devote game to gay equality 12
9:12 AM — World Club champions Leeds Rhinos are dedicating their Stobart Super League Round 24 fixture against Widnes Vikings on Friday August 10 to celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
17th April 2012
Documentary on stroke victim who ‘woke up gay’ airs tonight 139
9:57 AM — A documentary following a rugby player who suffered a stroke and woke up gay is to air on BBC3 tonight.
4th April 2012
Welsh council hopeful apologises after comparing rugby with gay porn 45
9:22 AM — A Labour council candidate in Wales has apologised for a series of tweets that left him accused of sexism and one which jokingly compared rugby with gay porn.
1st April 2012
Schwarzenegger to replace Mickey Rourke as gay rugby player Gareth Thomas in film 40
12:01 AM — Following Mickey Rourke's decision to pull out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic, Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged as his replacement to star in the film. The film charting the life of Britain’s first openly gay rugby player was dreamed up by Rourke in a London pub after he lost an arm wrestling challenge with some gay rugby players. Rourke said: “There was an article about Gareth Thomas. I met Gareth and said [to him] I wanna make your life story”.
19th March 2012
Gay sport figures among Olympics torch-bearers 14
3:26 PM — 7,300 torch-bearers were named this morning and will carry the flame for 70 days and 8,000 through the UK in July ahead of the opening of the Olympics on 27 July.
16th February 2012
Lee Steele fined £200 for Gareth Thomas tweet 15
3:44 PM — Footballer Lee Steele has been fined £200 for the comment he posted on Twitter about Gareth Thomas which led to him being sacked.
15th February 2012
Australian rules footballer: ‘Sick fascination’ with gay players 12
9:54 AM — An Australian rules football player has said society is developing a "sick fascination" with players' sexuality and the culture of the game has changed to one of "great acceptance".
23rd January 2012
Gareth Thomas favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother 16
12:07 PM — Gay rugby player, Gareth Thomas has been named as the favourite to win Celebrity Big brother according to the odds on several online bookmakers.
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.
1st December 2011
Rugby stars don red boxers in order to ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’ 33
11:48 AM — Rugby stars and celebrities have lent their support to a campaign which urges the public to help support people living with HIV by wearing red this December. Harlequins rugby players slipped on the red boxers for World AIDS Day.
24th November 2011
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.
22nd November 2011
London Wasps sign UK government’s anti-homophobia charter 6
3:24 PM — The Equalities Minister Lynn Featherstone has congratulated the club for signing the charter and said: “I applaud them for doing so".
17th November 2011
Ospreys will investigate Kristian Phillips’ alleged gay slur tweet 21
9:54 AM — Ospreys will investigate tweet from player's account which appeared to call a Big Brother contestant a "faggot".
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.
23rd June 2011
Comment: Why it’s vital to kick homophobia out of sport, by David Cameron 152
3:06 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, prime minister David Cameron says sport is at the heart of the nation and more must be done to stop homophobia and encourage positive role models.
22nd June 2011
David Cameron says UK will pressure Africa on gay rights 274
8:45 PM — After kicking off his speech with a risqué joke about queens, prime minister David Cameron told guests at a Downing Street LGBT reception that the government would keep working on LGBT issues.
7th June 2011
Gay rugby team King’s Cross Steelers win 2011 Union cup 17
5:41 PM — Gay rugby club Kings Cross Steelers RFC, have retained the title of European champions for the third time after winning the 2011 Union Cup.
16th May 2011
Rugby star Ben Cohen quits to fight for gay rights 38
5:53 PM — England rugby union star Ben Cohen is retiring to become a gay rights activist. The player, whose last team was Sale, has set up a foundation to tackle homophobia and bullying.
28th March 2011
Gareth Thomas to attend royal wedding 30
3:21 PM — Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be attending the royal wedding next month. The sportsman told the Daily Telegraph that he was in London to be fitted for a suit for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
25th March 2011
Rugby fans warned over anti-gay chants at Gareth Thomas 9
1:33 PM — Castleford Tigers fans have been warned by the club's chief executive to ensure that homophobic chants directed at gay player Gareth Thomas are not repeated.