The organizers of WorldPride 2025 have canceled the Kaohsiung event because its licensing group, InterPride, demanded that it remove “Taiwan” from the event’s name, they said in a statement yesterday. Kaohsiung was to host WorldPride Taiwan 2025 after being granted the right by the global LGBTQ advocacy group. However, the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan Preparation Committee said that InterPride recently gave “abrupt notice” asking it to change the name of the event and use “Kaohsiung” instead of “Taiwan,” even though it applied for the event using “Taiwan” in its name. “Taiwan deeply regrets that InterPride, due to political considerations, has unilaterally rejected the mutually agreed upon consensus, and broken a relationship of cooperation and trust, leading to this outcome,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Taiwan are regarded as the most progressive in Asia. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal, and same-sex marriage was legalized on 24 May 2019, following a Constitutional Court ruling in May 2017.
InterPride said in a statement they were “surprised to learn” the news and while they were disappointed, respected the decision.
In the end. Obviously Taiwan is not proud enough to handle this event.
Taiwan blamed “political considerations” for the cancellation of WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it said the organizers had insisted the word “Taiwan” be removed.https://t.co/dvozY2NU7u
Keegan Hirst, who became the first British professional rugby league footballer to come out as gay in 2015, and retired in 2020 has announced he will return to the sport, joining the Batley Bulldogs to increase visibility of gay players and also to combat homophobia in the sport.
“COVID, added to my own personal circumstances, made me lost tough with some of the things I hold dearest to me – friends and rugby league, After the recent thinly-veiled homophobia over a rainbow shirt I thought: ‘How can I help with visibility and inclusion?’ By lacing up my boots, putting on a playing shirt and getting back out there, that’s how. I still have plenty of games in me and am looking forward to help Batley continue their incredible season as they ready for their playoff campaign.” – via Pink News
Oh and by the way it’s alright by us if you leave your “playing shirt” off.
A video, originally posted to TikTok by user I. banana, taken earlier this month at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, a casino located in Stateline, Nevada shows NBA legend Charles Barkley pledging his support for the LGBT community
The clip shows the 11-time NBA All Star onstage telling a crowd that, “If you’re gay or transgender, I love you. And if anyone gives you any shit, tell ’em Charles says f**k you!”
This is not the first time that Barley has stood up for the gay community.
In a 2013 interview on The Dan Patrick Show, he expressed support for out NBA player Jason Collins. “Everybody’s played with a gay teammate,” he said at the time. “As a Black man, I’m always inclusive.”
In 2016, Barkley also spoke out strongly against North Carolina’s infamous bathroom bill, which would have barred transgender people from using public restrooms that corresponded with their gender identity. He even went so far as to call for the NBA’s 2017 All-Star Game to be relocated from Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I think anytime you’re Black, you got to stand up for other people because you – Black people know what discrimination is like. And if you’re in a position of power, you got to always stand up against discrimination. And I’m blessed man, and… I’m never gonna sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.” – Charles Barkley
“If you’re gay or transgender, I love you. And if anyone gives you any shit, tell em Charles says f*ck you!” – Charles Barkley pic.twitter.com/c1tUbvX5ga
5 Tampa Bay D’bags Rays players (all pitchers, no catchers.) refused to wear the Gay Pride logo on their uniforms this weekend — saying their religious beliefs wouldn’t allow it, but also saying they love and accept everyone.
Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson. On Saturday, during the team’s Pride Night celebration, they reportedly ditched the custom jerseys/hats featuring rainbow-colored lettering and instead opted for standard unis. The reason … “faith-based” purposes. Adam explained … “So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”
Unclear what fallout, if any, may come from this. It is Florida after all.
Caitlyn Jenner has done it again and is receiving massive backlash from the LGBT community after she was filmed saying trans girls should not play women’s sports in school, calling it “an issue of fairness.”
Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas who came out as gay in December 2009 has revealed he is HIV positive, saying he wants to “break the stigma” around the condition.
Thomas says he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as “walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying”.
He has also spoken about “shame” and “fear” of keeping his condition secret.
The ex-British and Irish Lion is due to talk about his diagnosis in a BBC Wales documentary on Wednesday.
In it, he says at his lowest point in 2018 he felt like dying.
Thomas said revealing that he is living with HIV was similar to coming out as gay in 2009 because of “the fear, the hiding, the secrecy, the not knowing how people are going to react”.
“But I think when it was all about my sexuality it just seemed like there was more empathy and more understanding because you had more knowledge, because you could turn on the telly and you could see that there was LGBT representation on most platforms.”
Thomas plans to take part in an Ironman challenge on Sunday, which has involved him learning to swim, were to Thomas a way of demonstrating his physical and mental strength.
In May of 2017 WWE professional wrestler Anthony Bowens came out as bisexual and since has since been a spokesman about the stigma of being bisexual.
Last night, Bowens came out again: this time as gay.
‘In short, just about two years ago I came out as bisexual which was truely [sic] how I viewed myself at the time. However, over the last six months or so I’ve started to less identify less and less with that label to the point where it doesn’t feel like “me” anymore.
‘As people move on in their lives, the way they view the world and themselves tends to change and I’m no different. Which is why if you are to label me, I prefer to identify as gay.’
Bowens says he offers more of an explanation in a video he has made with his boyfriend, Michael Pavano.
‘There will be a mixed range of reactions and I address each one of them in the video,’ says Bowens. ‘But anyway, thank you to everyone for reading and your continued support of Michael and I. I’m looking forward to continuing to entertain you in 2019 whether that be on YouTube, the ring, or beyond!’
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has incurred the wrath of transgender activists and their supporters after posting on Twitter that she believes that female trans athletes should not be allowed to compete against female born athletes because it is not “fair”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion from the Czech Republic, Navratilova, was responding to a question from one of her followers, said: “Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” She added: “For me it’s all about fairness. Which means taking every case individually… there is no cookie cutter way of doing things.”
The tweet triggered an uproar on social media with the trans community branding her comments as “bullying” and “discriminatory.”
Dr Rachel McKinnon, who controversially won a women’s event at the UCI Masters track world championships and was born a male before becoming a female in her 20’s and identifies as a lesbian, was one of many who demanded Navratilova apologize.
“Genitals do not play sports. What part of a penis is related to tennis? How does that ‘level’ any playing field?” McKinnon posted “You realize I’m a world champion trans woman athlete?”
Martina did apologize, and deleted the original tweet saying, ‘it seems to be my decades of speaking out against unfairness and inequality just don’t count with you at all’, with McKinnon agreeing, saying, that Martina’s record of fighting for LGBT equality, ‘doesn’t change the fact that you did something very wrong today. Past good deeds don’t give someone a pass.’
Some social media users however expressed support for Navratilova suggesting she was the one who was “bullied” by trans-activists to deliver an apology after being “intimidated from telling the truth.”
Mexican boxer Dario Larralde has published a two-minute video on his social networks expressing extreme homophobic opinions, as well as quoting former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“Fuck me fucking gays, I have a fucking phobia … everywhere I go there’s always a gay punk watching me … Everything your community does, everything you do, everything you represent, shits me , I will never accept it. I know that Hitler was a bad person, but in that I support him. The plague gays are a pest”
In his official account on the Instagram, Dario Larralde says in his biography that he is therepresentative of the Mexican national team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (The Mexican Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied that Larralde is part of the Aztec team that will go to Tokyo.)
Larralde later deleted his videos after being called out and apologized via his Twitter account. Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez, called for the intervention of governmental bodies in charge of sanctions and discriminatory acts to penalize him.
“It is unacceptable for someone like that to represent Mexico in the @Optional Games.” Hate speech and the ignorance of @dario_larralde can not coexist with a party that celebrates friendship, brotherhood and inclusion, and zero tolerance for hate speech. Luis Gerardo Méndez.
Conductor Iván Pasillas also commented.
“This man @dario_larralde goes beyond homophobia, he is talking about genocide, calling the #LGBTQ community a” plague “and on top of that he will represent Mexico in the @juegosolimpicos. @CONAPRED @COPRED_CDMX what is the process?” conductor Iván Pasillas.
In his new role at Nebraska, Brown will serve in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. Brown will work closely with Nebraska’s nationally renowned Life Skills program and assist in community outreach efforts of Husker football players and staff.
Brown claims that his Christian faith demands that he be anti-gay
In 2012, Brown testified before the Omaha City Council against a bill that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination saying that the Bible should be the law of the land. Some of the highlights from his testimony
As it says in scripture, homosexuality is a sin … The real question I have for you all is, ‘What does God say?’ … Ultimately, if you don’t have a relationship with [Jesus], and you don’t really have a Bible-believing mentality, really anything goes … Ultimately speaking, at the end of the day, it matters what God thinks most…
Brown went on to say that city council members would be judged by God and help accountable if they vote for the LGBT anti-discrimination bill. (The measure narrowly passed.)
Prior to returning to Nebraska, Brown had been an assistant coach with the infamously anti-gay “Christian” Liberty University which was founded by the notorious late anti-gay crusader and “Moral Majority” leader Jerry Falwell.