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International Olympic Committee Proposes End To Anti-Gay Discrimination - READ

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced a proposal to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination language in Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, reports The Advocate.

The IOC received criticism from LGBT advocacy groups for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, given the country’s national law against “gay propaganda”. During the the games, the IOC appeared to defend the arrests and beating of LGBT activists.

Principle 6 currently states:

“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

Supporting the proposal, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said:

“No athlete or fan should face fear of discrimination because of who they love. The International Olympic Committee must seize this opportunity to protect Olympic attendees and affirm its commitment to equality across the globe.”

The IOC will vote on this and 39 other proposed amendments in December.

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Kansas City Royals Marketing Executive Matt Schulte Comes Out as Gay - VIDEO

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Matt Schulte, marketing coordinator for Major League Baseball team Kansas City Royals, has come out in an interview with Outsports. 

As the Royals made their unexpected run through the playoffs this year, Schulte began exploring the idea of coming out. Through conversations with other out gay people in sports he saw a side of sports that was inclusive of gay people.

As team victories mounted this year and the elusive World Series drew near, his confidence grew and he began to find inner pride in a way he had never experienced before.

Although coming out to his father and stepmother had been a positive experience, doing so in the macho environment of Major League Baseball was a whole different matter.

"To walk into my boss's office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I'm still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, 'I'm gay.'"

Still not knowing how to address the topic with co-workers and friends, he decided to share his story publicly via Outsports.

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Continuing a positive recent trend, professional strongman Rob Kearney came out earlier this year as did Sky Sports presenter Mark McAdam.

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UK: Manchester Choir Stages Tram Singalong After Homophobic Attack - VIDEO

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A lesbian and gay choir staged a mass singalong on the tram network in Manchester, England last night to show support after two gay men were targeted in a homophobic attack by a group of approximately 15 men, reports The Guardian.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07a4b8af970d-200wiThe November 1st attack started because the victims - 25-year-old Jean-Claude “Jo” Manseau and 19-year-old Jake Heaton - were singing songs from the musical Wicked.

The Safe to Sing (#SafeToSing) event started with about 80 singers boarding trams in the city center to belt out tunes including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’.

Volunteers gave out rainbow coloured cupcakes from a box marked “Cake Not Hate” as the tram driver explained over the PA what was going on.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) members disembarked at Piccadilly Gardens, where Manseau and Heaton were attacked two weeks ago.

The choir were joined by the Hallé ensemble, the Manchester Community choir, Blackburn People’s choir, the Manchester Bach choir and other groups from the north west.

Although neither of the victims felt up to attending the event, Jo’s mother, Jacqueline said:

“To think that all these people have come out tonight for my son. It’s just a pity the rest of the world isn’t so kind.”

She added that her son is still “in a bad way” but was really touched at the action.

Manseau has told the Manchester Evening News that the attack “has destroyed every bit of confidence I have. It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again.”

MLGC co-chair Kath Fox said the event was “a way for us to reach out to Jo and Jake and to assure them we will defend the right to safe passage on public transport for all people, especially those from the LGBT community. Out of the ugliest circumstances, the most meaningful and powerful messages emerge and that is what we hope to achieve with Safe to Sing.”

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Campaign Launched To Save Irish Gay Bull From Slaughterhouse - VIDEO

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An Irish animal rights group has launched a campaign to save a gay bull from the slaughterhouse, reports Pink News.

#savebenjy2A farmer in County Mayo bought the bull for breeding last year but was left disappointed when he he realised that Benjy is more interested in other bulls.

The farmer said:

“At first I didn’t take seriously that the bull could be gay, but after seeking advice I know this can happen. The bull is now too old to castrate and turn into a bullock so I will keep him for the factory.”

However, when Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) highlighted Benjy’s plight, TheGayUK launched a crowdfunding campaign to save his life.

 

With 23 days left, the campaign has so far raised nearly $6,000 and an animal sanctuary in England has offered to care for Benjy for the rest of his life.

ARAN’s John Carmody said:

“The plight of little Benjy is hitting the hearts and households of Irish society with the reality of what will face this innocent boy if someone somewhere doesn’t step in. As a gay man myself, I know only too well what it is like to be treated indifferently, that’s why I hope we can give Benjy a second chance in life whilst helping to bring attention to the problems facing all gay people everywhere around the world, and of course the many other Benjy’s that are brought to slaughter on a daily basis who are not so lucky.”

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Montana Ku Klux Klan Group Hopes to Bring in New Members With a Pro-Gay, Anti-Racist Message

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A new Ku Klux Klan group in Montana claims to no longer hold racist or homophobic views, reports WMAZ.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 10.07.23 AMJohn Abarr [right], who formed the Rocky Mountain Knights specifically to fight against a “new world order," said the group will not discriminate based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.

However, Montana Human Rights Network co-director Rachel Carroll-Rivas said that even with Abarr adapting a more tolerant viewpoint, she remains suspicious about the "new world order" statement, which she said has roots in anti-Semitism.

According to Bradley Jenkins, Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America, Abarr is “going against everything the by-laws of the constitution of the KKK say. He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”


Australian Boxing Champ: Being Gay Is 'Your Choice' But Don't Show It 'When There's Kids Watching' - VIDEO

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Australian aboriginal boxer Anthony Mundine has defended the tired old argument that being gay is a choice, reports Pink News.

Mundine previously said that TV series Redfern, which features a gay aboriginal character, is “promoting homosexuality...like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve.” He also made the bizarre claim that aboriginal people cannot be gay because it's forbidden in the "old culture."

Speaking on Australian television last week, Mundine defended his previous comments, saying:

“I told you I speak the truth, I got nothing against homosexuality, if you’re gay, be gay, that’s your choice, that’s your right in this day and age. But don’t exploit it on prime time when there’s kids watching and having sons come towards you and going ‘dad is that alright, for a man to kiss a man?”

According to a spokesman, although the boxer “has a lot of homosexual friends,” he “doesn’t support homosexuality.”

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