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Five star Ritchie Neville shows off his hot body for Gay Times

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Famous 90s boyband Five is doing a comeback tour this month and Ritchie Neville, the hottest performer of the five-piece, really knows how to grab fans’ attention. The 5ive singer has dropped his clothes and paraded around in his birthday suit as he joined photographer Dylan Rosser in a hot photo shoot for Gay Times. Fans can see more of his ripped body in the latest issue of Gay Times magazine which is out on November 27. The issue is helping raise money for the National AIDS Trust, to coincide with World AIDS Day. I am sure that I will buy this issue. If Ritchie Neville keeps doing like this on the band’s tour, I will definitely buy tickets to their concerts.

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November 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

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Sir Elton John and his handsome partner select godparents for their son

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Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have named two close friends, a lesbian couple, to be their two-week-old son’s godparents.

The couple has selected Scottish-educated magazine editor Ingrid Sischy and her lesbian partner Sandy Brant to be Zachary’s moral guardians. “Elton could have picked anyone from the world of showbusiness to be godparents but he chose a couple of dear friends who will take their role seriously,” the Daily Mail quoted a close pal of the superstar as saying.

“Ingrid and Sandy are two of the most genuine people they know. They were among a handful of people Elton entrusted with the details of the surrogate pregnancy,” said the pal.

The four have been friends for years and vacation together regularly.

Elton John met his Canadian-born partner David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker, in 1993. A mutual friend of Furnish and Elton John left a message for Furnish inviting him to a dinner party at John’s house. Initially fearing that the dinner would be unpleasant, or that John would be boring, he instead found John to be interesting and engaging. Both were attracted to each other; John asked for his phone number and the two had a private dinner the following night. On 21 December 2005, they entered into a civil partnership.

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PM Kevin Rudd told ABC Radio that Australia’s ban on gay marriage would remain

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told ABC Radio on Wednesday that Australia’s ban on gay marriage would remain, despite moves within his centre-left Labor Party to have it overturned.

He was speaking ahead of the Australian Labor Party’s national conference, which begins in Sydney on Thursday. The gay marriage issue will be discussed at the conference.

Rallies in support of gay marriage are set to be held around the country on Friday.

Rudd, who considers himself a moderate Christian, won the 2007 election on a platform that supported the former conservative government’s legal definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“We went to the last election being very clear-cut about our position on marriage, under the Marriage Act, being between a man and a woman,” he told public broadcaster ABC.

“We are consistent with the policy we took to the last election,” Rudd said.

“I fully respect the integrity of other same-sex relationships … but in terms of the policy, it’s a matter to which we have been committed for some time,” he added.

“I fully accept it’s a matter of controversy, and there’ll be debate, and there should be. This is an open society where we can debate and discuss these matters.”

A recent poll suggested up to 60 percent of Australians supported gay marriage, and the statistics bureau in May announced it would count same-gender couples who declared themselves married in the national census.

Rudd said his government had moved rapidly to remove the “other discriminations” in national law against same-gender couples in areas such as pensions, tax and employment.

The equal marriage issue is set to heat up further in the coming days, with activists to target the 45th ALP National Conference, which begins Thursday in Sydney.

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July 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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Pride House for gay athletes and their companions at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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For the first time in Olympic history, gay and lesbian athletes will have a place to call their own.

Pride House, which promises to be an inclusive hangout and social space for gay and lesbian athletes, will be located in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Whistler Village, site of the skiing and sliding events, about a two-hour drive from Vancouver. It is the idea of Dean Nelson, chief executive of the promotional company GayWhistler, which organizes the annual Winter Pride festival.

“It is really important to have a safe space for out athletes, coaches, fans and allies to come and hang out, share their stories, trade pins and have fun,” Dean Nelson said.

Nelson says Canadians often forget the hardships faced by gay people in other parts of the world where homosexuality remains illegal. “This could be the first time they could go to a space in a secure environment and be themselves,” he said.

He stresses it is not going to be like a gay bar. “It’s a gay-positive space where people can hang out,” Nelson said. “It’s an intimate space.”

Pride House will help break down gender discrimination barriers that have long existed in the Olympics, according to Kevin Wamsley, an Olympic historian. “The IOC has been skirting around the issue of sexuality since it began,” said Wamsley, a professor at the University of Western Ontario.

Wamsley said the Olympics, built around the traditional societal model of strong men and feminine women, has not been a friendly place for homosexuals in the past.

“It has been an uncomfortable issue for the IOC since the 1920s. That’s because sport is one of those forms of culture that has produced a gender binary for western and eastern civilizations. When you start to blur the lines of sexuality, people in the past have gotten the hair on their neck up.”

Nelson said he and several others started working on Pride House about three years ago as an extension of efforts GayWhistler and others made to hold the North American Gay Games.

“There is a huge contingent of athletes out there, some of them are Olympic calibre. The Olympics is generally a pretty homophobic structure where being out is not really encouraged,” he said. “We’re hoping we can be a catalyst and change that perception, that you can be your authentic self.”

Still, the current field of out-of-the-closet homosexual athletes is relatively sparse. It’s easier to name former Olympic athletes such as Mark Tewksbury, the Canadian swimmer who won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and went on to be named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year all before announcing in 1998 that he was gay.

Nelson says some Olympic sponsors have expressed an interest in supporting the initiative, which he describes as another way of showcasing the inclusiveness that is being touted as part of the 2010 Games.

“We’re reaching out and bringing the queer element to the Games,” Nelson said. “The final frontier of homophobia is in the sports field. It’s there but nobody talks about it.”

Of the 10,708 athletes who marched into Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium last summer, Outsports website was aware of only 10 who are publicly gay, on par with the 2004 Games. There was also a bisexual American softball player.

Outsports says the reasons athletes stay in the closet are varied, but revolve primarily around fear of the consequences of being out.

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July 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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Episcopalians authorized bishops to bless homosexual unions

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Episcopalians on Friday authorized bishops to bless gay unions, such as civil partnerships in states that legally recognize them, setting the stage for further conflict with the wider Anglican world.

The Episcopal General Convention also underscored the church’s desire to remain a full member of the global Anglican Communion. But the actions at the national assembly are likely to damage the already strained relations within the fellowship.

Delegates voted earlier this week to effectively drop a pledge that they would act with “restraint” when considering any more openly gay candidates for bishop.

The Episcopal gay advocacy group Integrity said the church “turned an important corner” with the vote.

Church unity has been strained since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first bishop in Anglican history known to be in an openly gay relationship.

Anglican leaders had pressed Episcopalians for a moratorium on electing more gay bishops, and asked the church not to develop an official prayer for same-gender couples.

But the measure adopted Friday noted the growing number of U.S. states that allow gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships, and gave bishops in those regions discretion to provide a “generous pastoral response” to couples in local parishes.

The resolution also authorized a church commission to “collect and develop theological resources and liturgies” for blessing same-gender relationships for consideration at the next national convention in 2012. Many dioceses already allow clergy to bless gay couples, but there is no liturgy for the ceremonies in the denomination’s Book of Prayer.

“We’re doing our best to make room for everybody. We have gay and lesbian members, and gay and lesbian clergy, and we are trying to honor the diversity of belief and theology in the church,” Stephen Lane, the bishop of Maine, told Reuters before the resolution’s final passage.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the United Church of Christ is alone among major U.S. Christian denominations in officially recognizing gay marriage. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may decide in August to sanction gay marriage as well.

Polls consistently show gays and lesbians enjoying growing acceptance in American society. But fast-growing faiths in the United States such as many evangelical Protestant churches and the Mormon church regard homosexual relations as sinful and proscribed by scripture.

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July 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

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Roma Pride 2009 photos

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June 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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Summer of pride at Kimpton hotels

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In support of the LGBT community, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will offer a special “PRIDE” rate code for guests to receive a complimentary weekend night when they book two nights at the best available rate. Available for travel through Sept. 27, Kimpton is spicing up the offer with the addition of a $50 dining credit for use at participating restaurants, adjacent to Kimpton hotels. All new Kimpton InTouch loyalty members can also receive a complimentary, signature rainbow rubber duck, the theme for the 2009 Summer of Pride campaign.

Kimpton’s special Summer of Pride rate is available in 20 cities including: Alexandria, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Scottsdale, Vancouver, Vero Beach and Washington DC .

“Kimpton is proud to be supportive of the LGBT community,” said Alan Baer, senior vice president of human resources and co-chair of the Kimpton Gay & Lesbian Employee Network. “As a company we are very involved in the communities we live in and contribute to dozens of LGBT organizations.”

Kimpton’s Summer of Pride offer encourages LGBT community members to spend long weekend getaways celebrating LGBT events across North America. In three nights, guests will be able to relax, rejuvenate, have fun and get their pride on while exploring a new city or returning to their favorite Kimpton destination.

Kimpton was the first hospitality company to score a 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index in 2004, and has maintained that perfect score every year since. In 2008, Kimpton became the only company in which all hotels were members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. All hotels are TAG approved and Kimpton was recently named as one of the 10 best companies by LGBT employees by The Advocate magazine and named to Fortune’s 2009 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

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