Trans athletes will now be allowed to compete in the Olympics without getting surgery first

Joe Morgan | Gay Star News | January 22, 2016

The International Olympic Committee will be allowing trans people to compete without being expected to get surgery first, according to a new report.

New guidelines have been put in place to ensure trans people are not excluded from competing in the worldwide sporting competition.

The IOC have found: ‘To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.’

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The Unbelievable I Am Cait

Spencer Kornhaber | The Atlantic | Yahoo News | July 26, 2015

How extraordinary is Caitlyn Jenner’s story? Midway through the first episode of E!’s miniseries I Am Cait, her stepson-in-law Kanye West answers the question in the manner that only he can: “This is one of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are so controlled by perception.”

Wearing sock-shoes in Jenner’s sunlit kitchen, West elaborates. “You couldn’t have been up against more,” he says to Jenner. “Your daughter’s a supermodel, you’re a celebrity… but it was still like, ‘F*** everybody, this is who I am.’”

This idea of fame as an obstacle doesn’t quite jibe with what Jenner herself says throughout Sunday’s I Am Cait premiere. Most trans people don’t have closets full of Tom Ford dresses or hilltop mansions in Malibu; many face disapproval from family members, threats of violence, and financial hurdles that make it hard to transition. Jenner acknowledges this fact repeatedly, taking time between scenes of her playing tennis or inspecting clothes to talk about less-advantaged transgender people. At the end of the hour, she visits with the family of a trans teenager who killed himself, shedding light in a way that’ll bolster some peoples’ contention that Jenner’s setting an example in how to use privilege for good.

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Caitlyn Jenner Tears Up at ESPY Awards: ‘Trans People Deserve Your Respect’

.Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


 | Yahoo Celebrity | July 15, 2015

If there were medals for acceptance speeches, Caitlyn Jenner would have won the gold at the ESPY Awards tonight. In her first major public appearance since revealing herself to the world, the Olympian-turned reality star-turned transgender activist delivered an absolutely impeccable speech that included a little humor and a lot of heart.

Related: See What the Stars Wore to the ESPYs

Even before she opened her mouth, it was obvious the audience was on her side. Kylie Jenner posted a pic that showed Caitlyn’s children (as well as many of her stepchildren and members of her extended family) having quite a good time.

“All black had to change to match,” Kylie captioned the snap.

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FIFA’s Sexist Shadow Looms Over US Women’s World Cup Victory

US Women's national team won the World Cup final. (photo: Mike Hewitt/FIFA/Getty Images)
US Women’s national team won the World Cup final. (photo: Mike Hewitt/FIFA/Getty Images)


Joanna Robinson | Vanity Fair | Reader Supported News | July 6, 2015

he U.S. women’s national team beat Japan in a tremendous 5-2 victory Sunday night during the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. Nothing could put a damper on the sheer exuberance pouring off the national team as they celebrated their first win since 1999.<script src=””></script&gt;


But just before Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone, Carli Lloyd, and the rest of the U.S. team approached the dais in order to accept their awards, spectators were treated to a very odd procession. No, we’re not talking about the female Mountie. (This was Vancouver, we should be prepared for Mounties at any given moment.) We’re talking about the string of medal-bearing models who looked like they were stalking right out of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video.

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Abby Wambach kisses wife after World Cup win



 | Yahoo News | July 6, 2015


A poignant moment that wasn’t lost on gay rights supporters

Abby Wambach celebrated the United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, racing to the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.

Coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the significance of the moment wasn’t lost on gay rights supporters watching on television.

On Twitter, many noted how far American culture has come since the last U.S. Women’s World Cup victory in 1999.

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Stand Up for gay rights: A sporting dynasty with different goals in mind

Samantha Lane | The Age | May 15, 2015

Steven, Brent and Angie Greene at their parents' bayside home.

Steven, Brent and Angie Greene at their parents’ bayside home. Photo: Penny Stephens

It is a family of rare sporting pedigree, and yet it could also be any family. Loving, supportive, solid. Nuclear-looking, even, from the outside. And yet not without a degree of delicate challenge.

Angie Greene grew up surrounded by exceptional sportsmen. Her granddad, Frank Sedgman, won 22 grand slam titles across three disciplines, five of which were in singles competition.

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AFL leaders combine in fight against prejudices

Club captains and Brownlow medallists, Collingwood’s senior coach and the bosses of the AFL Players Association and AFL, have united in a campaign to mark the international day against homophobia and transphobia Photo: AFL

Her dad, Russell, was a highly decorated Australian Rules footballer. Making his debut for St Kilda as a 16-year-old, Russell became a hero in a famous triple premiership dynasty at Hawthorn. He was voted the VFL’s most valuable player in 1984 and retired having notched 304 games.

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Let the boycotts begin: Salesforce and NCAA slam Indiana for passing anti-LGBT law

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (Tech Crunch/Flickr Commons)

 | Raw Story | March 26, 2015

The cloud computing company Salesforce and the National College Athletic Association have both condemned Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R)’s decision to sign into law a “religious freedom” bill that many rights advocates say could lead to anti-LGBT discrimination.

After Gov. Pence signed the bill on Thursday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced via Twitter that he would be making good on his threat to cancel all of the company’s programs in Indiana.

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Keith Olbermann calls on sports leagues to abandon ‘medieval’ Indiana over anti-gay law

ESPN's Keith Olbermann (screen grab)

 | Raw Story | March 26, 2015

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has called on the National College Athletic Association and National Football League to boycott Indiana until the state repeals a new law that protects businesses that refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday, saying in a statement that “many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

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Vietnam bans trans women from national football championships

Darren Wee | Gay Star News | February 2, 2015

The Vietnam Football Federation said Thursday (29 January) transgender woman are banned from the national women’s tournament when it kicks off in March.

‘The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,’ said Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation.

‘This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football.’

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A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadium

Photo: Courtesy of Scruff.

All eyes will be on Phoenix this Sunday for the Super Bowl. And, many of those eyes will be met by a big, gay-themed ad.

Dating app Scruff bought a billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, just in time for the big game. The 48-foot ad shows two guys in a locker room making eyes at each other, with the slogan “Play On Our Team.” It’s a plug for the service, obviously, but also a nice addition to the (still pretty bro-ed out) world of sports and sports advertising.

In a press release, Scruff explained why it bought the ad: “At a time when professional NFL players like Michael Sam and Kwame Harris bravely come out to the world and some coaches admit to not wanting gay players on their teams, [Scruff]… is sending a message to the NFL — by putting up a Phoenix billboard advertisement that’s certain to start a conversation about perception and acceptance among both gay and straight sports fans.”

In a year that ended with marriage equality in more than 35 states, the NFL still lags behind. Sam, the star Missouri defensive end who made headlines for kissing his boyfriend on TV when he got drafted by the Rams, got cut before the season started — leaving the nearly 1,700-player NFL without an openly gay player.

But, while we wait for professional sports to catch up, it’s nice to know that gay athletes and fans will have a little representation at the Super Bowl this year.

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