VIDEO: Gay rugby ref Nigel Owens delivers epic put down to diving player
Gay rugby referee Nigel Owens, once again, delivers an epic put down to diving player.
British Lion’s star Stuart Hogg was diving in the clash during Scotland’s World Cup with South Africa at St James’ Park.
Owens told Hogg, the diving player, that: “Dive like that again, you can come back here in two weeks and play, not today.”
That was also a reference to football, that is normally played at St James’ park and infamous for player’s “dramatic” diving skills.
Watch the video here:
Owens is renowned as the best official in the world, and is famous for his one-lines during the heat of battle in important games.
He was praised for his firm, but yet fair refereeing on important games, and also highly respect individual in the rugby community.
However, Owens was a subject of homophobic abuse several times in the past. In March, a Welsh rugby fan, Endyr James, sent him a tweet containing homophobic slurs, during a face-to-face meeting.
Owens reported the tweet to the police, and arranged the meeting as a part of an Adult Community Resolution.
He was also a subject of homophobic abuse back in November, at Twickenham. But offenders were swiftly banned and fined.
January 3, 2016
Gay Rugby Referee Nigel Owens Revealed He Once Considered Chemical Castration
Rugby World Cup final referee Nigel Owens has admitted he considered being chemically castrated when he struggled to accept his sexuality.
He has previously spoken of his struggles about being gay which led to one suicide attempt and now, Owens says he considered the most drastic of procedures when he could not accept his sexuality.
Owens told CNN: "I didn't want to be gay,"
"I actually went to the doctor at one stage to see if I could be chemically castrated in any way, if it would get rid of me being gay.
"Looking back at that it was a horrific thing that one would have to do but that's what I was going through at the time.
"It was only when my Mum came to see me in hospital when I tried to take my own life and she told me: 'If you try to do anything like this again then you take me and Dad with you because we don't want to live our lives without you'.
"I was an only child. I sat up in bed that night and I cried. I thought to myself that I need to grow up here. That's when I accepted who I was and that was the biggest challenge of my life over with."
"A lot of people are struggling with who they are. They can't tell other people they're gay because they're fighting it themselves. That's one of the reasons a lot of people are not out in sport yet."
December 18, 2015
Mets’ Second Baseman Daniel Murphy Backed Up By The Westboro Baptist Church
After statements that Daniel Murphy made about Billy Bean, the former baseball player who was the first professional in the sport to come out as gay, The Westboro Baptist Church said they are now supporting Murphy because of remarks the player made about gay people earlier this year.
Murphy said: “I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.”
He also said that his views on homosexuality are closely tied to his religion, stating:
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door.”
The Westboro Baptist Church is an Extremist Christian group, best known for protesting at the funerals of soldiers, blaming gay people for natural disasters and holding signs reading “God hates fags,” among other slogans.
December 6, 2015
Gus Kenworthy – World Best Freeskier: “I’m Gay”
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine that was done in September, but published just recently, Gus Kenworthy came out as gay.
Gus Kenworthy (24) is one of the best freeskiers in the world and Olympic silver medalist in Sochi 2014.
He said that he knew that he is gay since the age of 5, but was keeping at as a secret. He started coming out to family and closest friends two years ago.
Kenworthy told ESPN The Magazine: "I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn't do. I didn't want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world."
While in Sochi, after winning the silver medal, he captured headlines when he adopted five stray puppies that had been living outside an Olympic media center. A photo of him cuddling with five stray puppies went viral on the internet, and he gained a huge number of followers on social media.
Kenworthy expressed that he is worried how this action will affect his sports career. He said: "They say it's a community of individuals and everyone is doing their own thing and it's not a team sport, so you get to be yourself. But you don’t really.”
“Everyone wears a Red Bull or Monster or Rockstar cap, a T-shirt and jeans and skate shoes. Everyone drives the same type of car and listens to the same kind of music. The industry isn't the most embracing of someone who's different. I'm nervous about that."
December 4, 2015
Hot Brisbane Hustlers Members Strip For New Calendar To Raise Fund For 2016 Bingham Cup
The Brisbane Hustlers released their first-ever calendar, in hope to raise funds that will support their club and its members on their way to 2016 Bingham Cup, which will be held in Nashville, USA.
This will be the club’s second attendance at the international competition, sometimes referred as the “World Cup of Gay Rugby”.
They said that local LGBTI organisations will also benefit from the calendar sale, because 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and Open Doors Youth Service.
Dale Napier, player and club brand manager, said that photoshooting was exciting, saying: “Most of the guys were really nervous as they’ve never had a photo taken completely nude like this before - but once they saw how the images turned out they were ready to do it all again!”
Napier said that he didn’t want to follow standard calendar making style of photography, but wanted to better represent the club’s culture, so he decided to take colorful and striking imagery.
He stated: “Most fundraising calendars go for a black and white “artsy” feel. We wanted to completely blow that cliché out of the water and make it really unique.”
November 28, 2015
Tom Bosworth: Gay Race Walker Opens Up Publicly
The Team GB athlete and UK record holder for a 20km walk, recently came out as gay publicly. He decided to speak up and explain what kind of a homophobic abuse he was suffering during his time at school in Tunbridge Wells.
He wrote for the BBC Sport blog, describing how during a local athletes competitions as a junior, he experienced homophobic taunts including “fag” and “queer”.
He stated: “Sometimes, you have to be a bit thick-skinned about it all and I learned that lesson, sometimes literally, in school.”
Bosworth described: ““When I was 15 or 16, I thought I was gay and somehow word got around in school, leading to a really difficult period in my life. Teenagers can be really nasty and half the time they don’t even realise what they’re saying. It’s just ignorance, I guess.”
“A group of lads used to gang up on me and the worst episode came when they smashed my head through a window after a run-in.”
He added: “I decided not to tell anyone about it, so my parents or teachers didn’t know.”
“I guess I was more worried about people blaming me than the students but I had the support of my friends to get me through that tough time.”
Bosworth even expressed that he feels no anger towards the bullies who targeted him at school, saying: “I don’t expect any apology from them. I don’t think they knew what they were doing or what they were saying.”
November 27, 2015
Xyrena’s first branded fragrance that features an openly gay athlete
Xyrena is launching first ever branded fragrance with a face of openly gay athlete. They announced that they are working together with Dalton Maldonado. Also, a share of the revenue from sales will go directly to “You Can Play” athletes LGBT organization.
Killian Wells, CEO of Xyrena reported: “We’re thrilled to be working with Dalton on this fragrance launch. He’s a brave young man. We want to reward his courage and sportsmanship by helping him share his story through an innovative product release.”
Maldonado, who is now 19 years old, was one of the most popular player in his basketball team in Kentucky state. as OutSports described, he was subject of abuse and harassment by members of enemy team while playing a basketball game. They called him names, and “I heard you are a faggot”. His teammates backed him up.
Xyrena made fragrance named “Formula 3”, which is Maldonado’s jersey number, with coloring of “basketball orange”.
As described by Xyrena, Formula 3 is a luxury Unisex Extrait de Parfum, “fresh athletic scent”. It holds major notes of grapefruit, star anise and bergamot. Grass and ozone notes are also included in the mix.
Xyrena wanted to label bottles with Maldonado’s yearbook photo, but yearbook photographer didn’t want to provide permission for use without any explanation. Instead, they will use design inspired by metallic gold trading card.
October 16, 2015