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Megan Rapinoe takes the game to her rightwing critics

Conservatives wanting to carry the culture wars to the sports field have a new and discomfiting adversaryMegan Rapinoe stood on a parade float on a sun-splashed morning in lower Manhattan, the World Cup trophy in one hand and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot…

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‘Go gays!’: Why USA’s LGBTQ World Cup stars are more important than ever

With homophobic attitudes on the rise in the US, the exploits of gay American heroes on the pitch in France are a welcome sight“Go gays!” said Megan Rapinoe following USA’s World Cup quarter-final victory over France. “You can’t win a championship with…

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Love all: how Megan Rapinoe and other gay players are taking sport to a higher level

In the past, queer female athletes all too often had to hide their sexuality. Today, they’re proudly coming out – and challenging bigotry in sport and society as a wholeWomen in sport still face a lot of stigma and abuse. One reason for this is the sti…

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Israel Folau: Australian Christian lobby hosts new fundraising effort

ACL steps in after GoFundMe pulls plug on former Wallabies star’s online appealThe Australian Christian Lobby is hosting a fundraising effort on its website for the former Wallabies star Israel Folau after his GoFundMe page was shut down.As at 7am Tues…

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Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service

Digital fundraising platform says it is committed to fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and will refund donorsIsrael Folau’s fundraising page for his legal challenge against Rugby Australia has been taken down for breaching GoFundMe’s terms of servi…

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Israel Folau targets support for transgender children in church sermon

‘God has called us,’ ex-Wallaby says in video as he renews attack on homosexualityIsrael Folau has used a sermon at his Sydney church to describe homosexuality as a sin and criticise young people being allowed to “change their gender”.In a video posted…

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Gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya gets reprieve

Ken Macharia allowed to return home but deportation threat remains after fresh asylum claim rejected A gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be the victim of persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a la…

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‘It’s humiliating for us’: village disowns Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete

Country’s fastest sprinter praised for courage, but family and locals say they cannot accept a gay relationship Supporters of India’s first openly gay athlete fear for her safety after her decision to come out prompted a backlash in her home village.Lo…

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Gay rugby player faces deportation to Kenya as asylum claim rejected

Kenneth Macharia fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence if forced to leave UKA gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a fres…

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Hurley Haywood on life as a gay racing champion: ‘I didn’t have any male role models’

The three-time Le Mans champion was pictured with blondes and sponsored by Penthouse. But he lived a very different life away from the trackWhen Hurley Haywood emerged in the racing scene 50 years ago he looked like someone out of central casting. He h…

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Sprinter Dutee Chand becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

Runner reveals she is in relationship with woman from her village in Odisha stateIndian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the country’s first openly gay athlete.Chand, 23, told the Indian Express she was in a…

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Andy Brennan is first male Australian footballer to come out as gay

Announcement comes after widespread support It has been a ‘mental burden’, says former Newcastle player Former Newcastle Jets player Andy Brennan has become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay while still playing the game….

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Andy Brennan is first male Australian footballer to come out as gay

Announcement comes after widespread support It has been a ‘mental burden’, says former Newcastle player Former Newcastle Jets player Andy Brennan has become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay while still playing the game….

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Andy Brennan is first male Australian footballer to come out as gay

Announcement comes after widespread support It has been a ‘mental burden’, says former Newcastle player Former Newcastle Jets player Andy Brennan has become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay while still playing the game….

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International Gay Rugby welcomes unions’ response to Israel Folau post

• Billy Vunipola’s endorsement of Folau’s views was also criticised• ‘Reaction shows that discriminatory views have no place’International Gay Rugby has welcomed the swift action taken by the authorities after last week’s homophobic Instagram post by t…

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Freedom of speech does not preclude Israel Folau from consequences | Sally Rugg

The player is free to hold views that people like me are bound for hell. But Rugby Australia’s swift action should be applaudedRugby Australia’s move to sack star play Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts sends a clear message to players, fans …

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Freedom of speech does not preclude Israel Folau from consequences | Sally Rugg

The player is free to hold views that people like me are bound for hell. But Rugby Australia’s swift action should be applaudedRugby Australia’s move to sack star play Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts sends a clear message to players, fans …

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Israel Folau to be sacked by Rugby Australia over homophobic social media posts

Wallabies star facing axe five months out from World Cup‘He does not speak for the game,’ says RAIsrael Folau is to be sacked by Rugby Australia following his latest social media posts, leaving the Wallabies facing the prospect of heading to the World …

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Israel Folau to be sacked by Rugby Australia over homophobic social media posts

Wallabies star facing axe five months out from World Cup‘He does not speak for the game,’ says RAIsrael Folau is to be sacked by Rugby Australia following his latest social media posts, leaving the Wallabies facing the prospect of heading to the World …

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‘Accepted’ Tadd Fujikawa enjoying golf and life again after coming out

Hawaii-born Fujikawa came out in 2018 having made his name in 2006 by becoming the youngest qualifier for the US OpenGrowing up in Honolulu, Tadd Fujikawa didn’t want to be a professional golfer. He took it up because he was training to be a judoka and…