Hollyoaks actor: I can understand why gay footballers don’t want to come out

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Out Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson has said he can understand why gay footballers might be reluctant to come out, after he received homophobic abuse on Twitter when he was mistaken for an athlete of the same name.

Speaking on Gaydio earlier in the week, Richardson, who plays Ste Hay on the soap, said he was besieged with messages after he was mixed up with Kieron Richardson, a footballer who last week signed with Aston Villa.

He elaborated on the nature of the messages he received, saying some were death threats, and said based on that he can understand why it might be difficult for sportsmen to come out.

“It was like ‘You can’t play football you f

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Fox News reporter mocks Pride-goers: ‘Are you sure you don’t like girls?’

Email 10th July 2014, 6:49 PM Joseph Patrick McCormick, PinkNews.co.uk Share on WhatsApp 6 reader comments

A presenter on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News programme ‘The O’Reilly Factor’, mocked revellers at San Francisco Pride, asking men if they are “sure they don’t like girls.”

Jesse Watters, a presenter with the show, is seen mocking revellers at the event in a segment which aired almost two-weeks after pride took place.

He asks one man, dressed in a flamboyant costume “are you out of the closet?”, and goes on to ask another: “Are you sure you don’t like girls?”

Speaking to a state Assembly Member, he says his “pants are a little tight”.

O’Reilly made an apology last year, after he suggested there was a link between homosexuality and paedophilia.

O’Reilly has changed his stance on same-sex marriage several times, last March claiming there were

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US: Gay couples assert that anti-gay marriage arguments ‘don’t hold water’ in court filing

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Arguments against recognising the marriage of some 300 married same-sex couples in Michigan “don’t hold water”, a court filing argues.

Not long after a judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in March, an appeals court issued a stay against the ruling.

Ruling since, US District Judge Bernard Friedman suggested that upholding a ban on same-sex marriage would be unfair to the children of gay couples, and said it was unconstitutional.

However, clerks in Michigan were then told to cease issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples after a motion of stay once more temporarily reinstated the ban.

Eight couples have now filed a motion stating that arguments against same-sex marriage were not valid.

“Defendants’ response boils down to three points. First, the Sixth Circuit made them do it. Second, plaintiffs don’t have it that bad. Third, plaintiffs brought this on themselves by getting married in the first place. None of these responses holds water,” lawyers for the eight couples wrote.

Governor Rick Snyder, has said the some 300 marriages were

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‘Don’t Sneak’: A Dad’s Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The ’50s

StoryCorps is marking the anniversary of a pivotal moment for gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots. Forty-five years ago, on June 27, gay protesters clashed with police in New York. Now, StoryCorps is launching an initiative to preserve the stories of LGBT people called “OutLoud.”

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Sam Smith: If you want to be equal, don’t make your sexuality an issue

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Singer Sam Smith has advised people not to make their sexuality “an issue” if they want to be treated normally.

The singer, who revealed last month that his album was written about a man he had fallen in love with, told the Jim & Kate Morning Show that people need to “act” equal if they want equal rights.

He said: “I would say just be yourself. Don’t make it an issue. Let’s make it a normality.

“To make it equal, we need to act equal. Everyone just needs to focus on themselves as individuals and do what makes them happy, and be brave.”

He joked: “Listen to my record, it might help you.”

Earlier this month, Adam Lambert said that Smith was “struggling” with attention after his coming out.

He said: “Sam

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Putin: It is a fictional idea that Russia is anti-gay – we don’t execute gays

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed international controversy surrounding his country’s recently introduced anti-gay law, to say that because the country does not execute gay people, it is “fictional” that gay people are oppressed.

Speaking to journalists following Russian-Austrian talks this week in Vienna, Putin addressed controversies surrounding the bill he signed into law last June, which bans the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

The new law was seen as a broader crackdown on LGBT people in Russia.

He said: “I would like to note that despite certain stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on the so-called issues of sex minorities, to a large extent this is a fictional idea. I would like to remind you that, unlike some other states, Russia does not have criminal prosecution for homosexuality and other types unconventional sexual behaviour. We do not have criminal sanctions against this, while in other countries, including some very big ones that consider themselves democratic states, such a criminal offence is enshrined in law. Just as the death penalty, which, as opposed to many other countries, Russia does not have and does not apply.

“Nevertheless, we agree that we have to think of the future and improve our legislation… we will definitely stay in touch on these issues.”

According to Matthew Schmidt, a Russian specialist at the University of Connecticut who was monitoring Ukrainian elections, Putin in May positioned himself as the

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Americans Think It Should Be Illegal To Fire Someone For Being Gay, Don’t Realize It’s Not Already

Half of Americans support passing a law banning discrimination by employers against gays and lesbians, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows — and even more Americans agree that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay.

The poll comes after President Barack Obama announced that his staff was drafting an executive order prohibiting job discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a broader bill that would apply to most U.S. employers, has passed the Senate but not the House.

In the new survey, 50 percent of Americans favored and 38 percent opposed legislation banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians. The poll found political division on the issue: 63 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents favored that kind of legislation, but only 34 percent of Republicans did.

But on at least one major protection the legislation would provide, all three groups were united. Seventy-six percent of Americans, including 88 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Republicans, said that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian. Only 12 percent of Americans said it should be legal.

The fact that far more Americans agree with the principle than with the legislation may be attributable to a common misconception: Sixty-two percent of Americans think it’s already illegal to fire someone for being gay, while only 14 percent of poll respondents said that it’s legal. In fact, it is still legal in 29 states to fire someone for being gay.

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents all think it’s already illegal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted June 16-18 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered included age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here.

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