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Gay Torchbearer Kisses Boyfriend; Olympics Fans Cheer

Long the public face and chair of Britain's Gay Football Supporters Union, athlete and activist Chris Basiurski was one of the last individuals to carry the Olympic Torch in its three-month relay through the British Isles. He lit his torch in London on Thursday, approximately 28 hours before the flame's route through the city brought it to Olympic stadium.

As he prepared to light his torch, Mr. Basiurski kissed his boyfriend, drawing cheers from onlookers. Mr. Basiurski told the crowd he and his boyfriend will be married next year.

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July 30, 2012
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Matt Hasselbeck, Titans QB, doesn’t care if a teammate is gay, talked to team about it

When former Tennessee Titan Wade Davis came out publicly on Outsports last month, it captured headlines across the sports world. Those headlines made their way into a Tennessee Titans quarterbacks meeting, Matt Hasselbeck told Outsports.

“The quarterback room conversation was that, ‘Hey, has anybody played with an openly gay teammate?’ And nobody had,” Hasselbeck told Outsports. “And it’s kind of irrelevant to the discussion in terms of how we would view that person as a teammate or how we would view that person as a friend, or how we would trust that person.”

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July 24, 2012
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Mickey Rouke on Raising Money For Gay Rugby Player Movie

MICKEY Rourke admits he’s found it “very difficult” to raise money for his movie about gay rugby ace Gareth Thomas.

The actor will play the Welsh sportsman in an upcoming drama, which he admits has been plagued with financial difficulties.

“We’re going to be ready to shoot in February. We have probably 80 per cent of the money. It’s been very difficult because it’s not a comic book, it’s not a romantic comedy. It doesn’t fall in that category to raise money for,” he said.

Showbiz Spy
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July 17, 2012
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Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe Fights For Marriage Equality: AUDIO

You can add Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe to the growing roster of American football players coming out for gay rights.

The 30-year old punter in the past few months has recorded three radio ads for Minnesotans for Equality, the group fighting a November ballot that would constitutionally define marriage as heterosexual only, and more recently he sat down with the site Outsports to discuss his advocacy. Apparently it all started with a simple ask.

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June 28, 2012
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NBA Fines Stoudamire $50K for Anti-Gay Slur

The National Basketball Association on Tuesday announced it has fined New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire $50,000 for directing a gay slur at a fan via Twitter this weekend. GLAAD, along with our partners from Athlete Ally, will meet with executives at the NBA and WNBA in the near future to discuss the possibility of providing Ally Training to all players in both leagues.

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A Star Athlete Makes a Big Move Off the Field

WHEN the noted British athlete Ben Cohen — the David Beckham of rugby — walked down the runway this month for an AmFAR benefit at the New York Public Library, odds were that many in this audience thought he was just another handsome, muscular model. With his easy smile, buzz cut and 6-foot-3 frame, Mr. Cohen fit the mold and the clothes.

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June 25, 2012
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Transgender Athlete Looks to Qualify in Hammer

Keelin Godsey is one of 24 athletes scheduled to participate Thursday in the women’s hammer throw at the United States Olympic trials, but for Godsey, 28, of North Adams, Mass., there is much more than a spot in London at stake.

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June 21, 2012
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