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Australian Wrestler Dave Marshall's Creating OnlyFans Videos For Charity

Gay wrestler Dave Marshall is making headlines for a great cause (with a NSFW twist).

We’ve heard of making porn for profit, but porn for charity? That’s exactly what wrestler Dave Marshall, who works with the Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance, is doing and he’s getting a lot of attention for it.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 29-year-old wrestler from Perth, Australia and his boyfriend have been recording their intimate bedroom time and making them semi-public. Though, anyone who wants to see these adult scenes will have to throw their money at a paywall.

Marshall has created an OnlyFans page and become an indie porn producer, but told GayStarNews that it’s not out of vanity. Instead, Marshall says he hopes to do something good with (some of) the profits.

“After some thought, I did start it up with part [of the] proceeds going to Beyond Blue – a suicide prevention charity,” he explained.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marshall later elaborated on an Instagram post, where he said:

“The reason the money I raise from my OnlyFans goes towards Beyond Blue is seeing everyday how big depression and anxiety has become in society and almost overlooked.

[It’s my] first time saying this but my father took his life last year.

Older men have a “Harden the fuck up” mentality they were brought up with.

Stats on LGBT in this area are quite scary too so I hope I can in some way, give back to my community. Positivity is everything.”

So far, Marshall has raised over $3,500 for Beyond Blue.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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h/t: GayStarNews, Queerty

French Rugby Players Show Support For Gay Rugby Legend Gareth Thomas

French rugby players are honoring a former teammate who was recently the victim of a hate crime.

A couple days ago, former rugby player Garrth Thomas shared that he was attacked by a homophobic teen. Thankfully, Thomas was able to defend himself and was able to resolve the issue with the help of Cardiff police.

“I want to say thank you to the police who were involved, who were very helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people who did this because I thought they could learn more that way than any other way,” said Thomas.

Now, French players are going to honor Thomas, who played in France for Toulouse between 2004 and 2007, Cardiff police, and the quick and humane way that they resolved the issue.

According to the French Rugby Federation’s Vice President Serge Simon, French players will wear rainbow laces during their match against Fiji in support of the former athlete.

As Simon tweeted:

“Dear Gareth Thomas, all of French Rugby is with you regarding the homophobic molestation you’ve been victim of,” Simon tweeted.

“To show our support, the French rugby players will wear a rainbow shoe lace during the France — Fiji game on Saturday night.

“We’re all in with you in this matter.”

Former Rugby Player Gareth Thomas Says He Was The Victim Of A Hate Crime

Yesterday, former rugby player Gareth Thomas posted a video on Twitter sharing that he was attacked in Cardiff, Wales because of his sexual orientation.

In the video, Thomas says:

“This morning I’ve decided to make what I hope will be a positive video. Last night I was a victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality. Why do I want it to be positive? Because I want to say thank you to the police who were involved, who were very helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people who did this because I thought they could learn more that way than any other way. And also to the people of Cardiff who supported me and helped me because there’s a lot of people out there who want to hurt us. But, unfortunately for them, there is a lot more that want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message.”

In addition, Cardiff police later released a statement on Facebook sharing that they are aware of the situation.

The police also shared more information about the incident such as the facts that the attack happened around 9 p.m., that the assailant was a 16-year-old boy, and that he not only admitted to the attack but apologized for it.

As the statement added:

“Restorative justice is about putting victim needs at the centre of the criminal justice system, finding positive solutions to crime and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions.

A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police.

We encourage people, whether they are a victim or a witness of hate crime, to report it directly to South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

Karina Manta Joined Her Ice Dance Partner Joe Johnson In Being Openly LGBTQ Athletes

America's first openly LGBTQ figure skating team is out making us proud.

On September 30, 22-year-old American ice dancer Karina Manta came out as bisexual. She did so in a YouTube video in which she, sitting next to her girlfriend Aleena Gomez, sang a cover of Vance Joy’s “I’m With You.”

The message behind the video was that Manta has been supporting the LGBTQ people because she's one of us, according to the Advocate.

Manta is now the first openly queer female figure skater to compete for Team U.S.A, and only the second openly out women in the world to skate in an upper-level competition (after Japan’s Fumie Suguri).

On top of that, Karina Manta’s partner is Joe Johnson, an openly gay man himself. This means that the two are the first recorded ice dancing team made up of two openly queer athletes.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Just three weeks after Manta came out, she and Johnson started their participation in the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series in Everett, Washington.

Adam Rippon even cheered for the two as they participated at Skate America last month tweeting, “I love my gay parents.”

For Karina Manta, coming out gave her new opportunities and possibilities. Namely, she could finally acknowledge her relationship. In the coming out video, she expressed her regret at having to hide her girlfriend for so long.

"I have dragged you back into the closet with me, and we all know closet is much too kind a metaphor," she said. "Call it a prison cell; call it a lifelong panic attack; call it being buried alive. Call it the nightmares I still get sometimes, the ones where everyone who wouldn't approve suddenly shows up as I'm kissing you."

But now that she’s out, Karina Manta has a whole world of possibilities before her. Not only can she openly experience Skate America with her girlfriend, but she can act as representation for younger athletes and LGBTQ people as well.

As she told the Advocate:

"It was nice to be on this stage knowing that there might be younger skaters, younger girls watching, and seeing that maybe they don't have to fit certain stereotypes [with me] being there with my hair all short and my girlfriend in the audience."

Skate America is still ongoing and we can't wait to see what Karina Manta and Joe Johnson can do.

h/t: The Advocate

Thailand Is Celebrating Openly Gay Tennis Player Luksika Kumkhum's Big Win In Mumbai

One of the four openly LGBTQ professional tennis players in the world just won big at the Mumbai Open.

While Thailand is preparing to officially recognize gay unions, citizens should already recognize the talents of one gay women who’s successfully representing them.

25-year-old Luksika Kumkhum is the only openly gay professional tennis player from Thailand and one of four openly gay professional tennis players in a major tennis event this year, according to Out Sports.

Being a minority in that sense has not affected her game whatsoever. In fact, it makes her accomplishments all the more noteworthy.

Luksika Kumkhum blazed a path of victory at the WTA Mumbai Open. During the final, she beat Russia’s Irina Khromacheva and is now preparing to compete in matches in China and Taiwan.

Despite her success, Luksika Kumkhum has continued to field questions about her sexuality and her gender identity.

“I’m used to it now,” she told The Indian Express. “When I go to another country, they’re surprised. They’re like, ‘oh, you’re a man, right?’ I say no, I’m a woman. But then they don’t say anything. They just say OK and that’s that.”

She also remarked how her country, which is recognized as one of the most accepting Asian countries for LGBTQ foreigners, still has room to grow in terms of accepting its own LGBTQ citizens.

“It’s still not like Taiwan, where you can marry and all, but people at home accept it a bit more. But there is still the old thinking,” says the 25-year-old. “I’m comfortable with this. There are so many people in the world who are gay, but you’re still a person. If I’m doing good, and I haven’t killed anyone, then it’s fine.”

That said, being such a successful athlete will spotlight the contributions that LGBTQ people offer the country. Something that’s greatly needed as talk of political protections for LGBTQ citizens continue in Thailand.

h/t: Out Sports, Indian Express

Out Olympian Tom Bosworth Says Fans Were Unhappy After He Shared A Kissing Pic With His Husband

Tom Bosworth says he got an upsetting surprise after trying to honor an LGBTQ holiday.

Trying to honor National Coming Out Day (October 11), Bosworth, a British track and field Olympian, posted an Instagram picture of himself kissing his husband Harry Dineley.

To caption the photo, Bosworth wrote:

“It’s #nationalcomingoutdayso I thought I’d post the reason I came out, both times (to my parents then publicly). Love of my life, my everything - @harryd1010.”

“To all those struggling with the decision, if the time is right and you have the reason to do it, then DO IT! You’ll instantly feel better and you’ll wonder why you never did it sooner! It won’t be easy, it is terrifying and there will still be challenges to over come, but trust me, it’s worth it. Goodluck and enjoy being the true you!”

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The next day, Bosworth shared on Twitter that he got an unfortunate surprise when several followers chose to unfollow his account.

Trying to stay positive, he shared that he also received a lot of lovely messages too.

As Bosworth tweeted:

“Last night I shared this picture on Instagram for #nationalcomingoutday. It received a lot of love! Since then 50 people unfollow me! I dont post romantic pictures very often and Ive never hidden who I am so I dont understand why these individuals followed me in the first place!”

Gus Kenworthy's Disappointed That More Athletes Haven't Come Out

Openly gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy says he wishes more athletes would come out of the closet.

While talking to Variety, Kenworthy shared his thoughts on closeted athletes in the world of professional sports.

Kenworthy talked about this topic to honor the nearly three-year anniversary of his coming out through an ESPN article back in 2015.

“I feel like most of my fears were unnecessary, and I think that tends to be the case with people who are in the closet,” Kenworthy told Variety. “I was scared because our whole income was based on sponsorships, and you get sponsors based off your image. I thought there wasn’t a place for a gay guy in my sport. There had never been one before me. I came out, and it was the opposite of what I expected. I was the most endorsed athlete at the Olympics, which was kind of insane to me.”

Kenworthy then noted how coming out ended up helping him professionally more than he ever imagined it would.

“When brands are trying to figure out which athletes to endorse, they’re like, ‘Who’s got a good story?’ They didn’t want a ton of straight white athletes who are normally the face of the Winter Olympics. Adam and I were the only two gay men. I walked into that ceremony holding his hand, knowing we were competing for the community.”

Knowing what he knows now, Kenworthy shares that he’s disappointed, though understanding, that more athletes haven’t come out by now.

“I really thought I was going to come out in ESPN and then suddenly other people would too, other skiers and snowboarders. I really thought it was going to happen, and it hasn’t. It’s not easy, and it doesn’t seem to be getting easier. But I do think that more athletes need to come out, and athletes need to recognize that they have a responsibility to come out. It’s only going to do good to have more representation and visibility.”

While we are on Kenworthy’s side of wanting more athletes to come out soon, we also have to remember, especially on National Coming Out Day, that the coming out process is an individual’s right and responsibility. Otherwise, you’ll have the negative effects of being outed like with Orange Is The New Black star Samira Wiley.

But, we look forward to the day when societal pressure won’t get in the way of actors coming out easily. We’ll be waiting in the wings with Kenworthy for that day.

h/t: Variety

The LA Lakers Celebrated Pride By Honoring Former NBA Player Jason Collins

The LA Lakers celebrated Gay Pride with its first ever Pride Night.

We shared with you late last month that the Los Angeles Lakers would be holding their first Pride Night on October 4th, and now we’re happy to share with you that the event went wonderfully.

In attendance for the event were representatives of the Trevor Project of Los Angeles, the LGBT Center of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Gay Basketball League.

In addition, Jason Collins, former NBA player and the first openly gay professional male athlete in America while still playing in a major league, was honored after the first quarter when he was given the Lace of Unity Award.

 “Being a native son of LA, I remember as a kid going to so many LA Laker games and now to see the Lakers stepping forward and supporting the LGBT community in such a visible way is awesome,” Collins told the Los Angeles Blade.

 

 

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles also participated in the event. They sang the national Anthem before the game, and were also seen cheering along with the crowd during the match.

In addition to singing, the Chorus silently joined the protests against police brutality by linking arms during their performance, showing their support for the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick .

 

 

 

 

All of this comradery and celebration of diversity touched the heart of chorus member and former gymnast Daniel Brown. Brown says a younger him would have never seen this night coming.

“The journey of being out in sports has been an interesting process,” he said. ” I remember a time when you didn’t bring your whole self to your sport, so the fact that the Lakers are doing something for and reaching out to the LGBT community is an amazing thing. To be honest, I don’t know that I would’ve thought that would be where sports went when I was a young man.”

h/t: The Los Angeles Blade

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Is Loving Gay Rugby Player Keegan Hirt's Tribute To Him

Openly gay rugby player Keegan Hirst got props from his sports hero.

The Australian National Rugby League is currently celebrating Mad Monday, which is a tradition in which fans dress up.

Keegan Hirst, a British player who’s the first openly gay athlete in the British rugby league, recently posted an Instagram and Twitter video to celebrate this sports holiday.

Hirst posted a video of himself wearing a pair of black speedos, sunglasses, and a black T-shirt that says “Just Bring It!”

To go with the look, Hirst impersonated movie and wrestling icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson by saying his wrestling catchphrase, “Smell what The Rock is cooking…”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It seems the fun was infectious as it reached its way over to the Rock himself. He then replied to Hirst’s tweet and said, “Well done bro and ITS DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU CAME BACK TO #MADMONDAY [sic].

Hirst then responded with joy at being noticed by Johnson himself.

While Johnson is amazing, we can’t forget that Keegan Hirst is a legend in his own right.

In 2015, Hirst came out as gay, which made him the first openly gay British professional rugby league player. He thus made sports and LGBTQ history.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tom Daley Says He Once Felt Inferior Because He Was Gay

Tom Daley is talking about fatherhood, losing his own father, and the self-acceptance that being a father has brought to his life.

While in an interview with radio program Desert Island Discs with host Lauren Laverne, in part to promote his upcoming surrogacy documentary, the Olympic swimmer and YouTuber shared that he grew up feeling insecure about his sexuality. To younger Daley, being gay was wrong because it was socially unacceptable.

“To this day, those feelings of feeling less than, and feeling different, have been the real things that have given me the power and strength to be able to succeed," he told the radio host.

But, he now says that fatherhood has changed that dynamic in him.

Daley, and husband Dustin Lance Black, announced earlier this year that they would be having a baby through surrogacy. Then the little boy came into their life in June.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While Daley has already grown to be comfortable with his sexuality, the need to raise a little human being has made him forget about all the little troubles. This includes even his passion for sports.

‘If you had asked me last year, it was all about 'I need to win a gold medal,'" he said.

“You know what, there are bigger things than Olympic gold medals. My Olympic gold medal is Robbie.”

During the interview, Daley also shared that he named his son Robbie after his own father who died a year before the London Olympics. Robert Daley was always supportive of Tom and wanted to be in the front row to support his son in London.

"I couldn’t say to him 'you’re not going to be around to be on the front row dad,'" he said.

“I was holding his hand as he stopped breathing and it wasn’t until he’d actually stopped breathing and he was dead that I finally acknowledged he wasn’t invincible.”

It’s that loss and also that lesson on how to be a loving father that has guided Tom Daley in his first few months of fatherhood.

We hope for happy days for this father and his son.

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