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Mr Gay India threatened

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Six days before the arrival of the Mr Gay World™ 2015 delegates, it seems as if history may be repeating itself as Mr Gay India has been forced to withdraw from the competition due to threats to him and his family.MGWgroup2

The delegate, whose name is being withheld due to safety concerns, a part-time model and fashion designing post-graduate from Brisbane, Australia, works as an executive for a private firm in Dubai and is concerned about the possible ostracism his family are facing by their mosque and community in India. His family has since been forced to leave their home for their safety.

During the Mr Gay World™ 2012 competition, Zimbabwe's representative was forced to withdraw after his family received death threats. Namibia's representative, 24-year-old Wendelinus Hamutenya, was hospitalised after being attacked prior to the event. The Ethiopian delegate, a 25-year-old student in South Africa then, received death threats and was disinherited by his wealthy family. He could not return home.

India, one of the world’s largest democracies reinstated a colonial-era law banning gay sex in December 2013. Gay sex is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment under this law.

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Criticised for "white" lover

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Gay NFL star Michael Sam has said that he has received criticism – because his fiancé is white.

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Michael Sam – who has had brief spells with the St Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys – made history as the first openly gay NFL player, though he is yet to play an on-season game.
He got engaged to partner Vito Cammisano in January, during a trip to Italy.
Speaking to students at the private Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Sam revealed that he has received criticism for getting engaged to Cammisano,
According to the QU Chronicle, he said: “My fiance gave me the strength [to come out]… The challenge I get now is, why are you not dating a gay black guy? Why are you dating a white guy?
“Why would I do that? Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with.”

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Amelie Mauresmo named to Internationall Tennis Hall of Fame

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The 2006 Wimbledon champion , who played her career as an out lesbian, was once called 'half a man' by rival Martina Hingis

AmelieMBack in 1999, Amelie Mauresmo made it to the finals of the Australian Open as a teenager and was called ‘half a man’ by her opponent, Martina Hingis.
It’s doubtful Hingis would have made such a remark had Mauresmo not come on to the scene as an openly gay player at a time when only Martina Navratilova and a few other female pros had done so.
Mauresmo may have lost to Hingis that year but the Frenchwoman went on to have a wonderful career that reached its peak in 2006 when she won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

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Atlantic City appoints drag queen as tourism ambassador

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Destination reaching out to LGBTI travellers with the help of Miss Richfield 1981

AtlanticdragAtlantic City, about 200km south of New York, has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981.
The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.
Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

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HATE CRIMES THREATEN EVERYONE

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The Hate Crimes Working Group and Peace Action, are concerned about the growing climate of violence in South Africa. The frequent and vicious outbreaks of xenophobic violence, violence against women and violence against the LGBTQI community, to name a few, are threatening the security of all who live in South Africa.HR

The increasing levels of intolerance and anger, expressed violently, have a devastating impact on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in society - such as women, children, LGBTQI, foreigners and the destitute. The repeated xenophobic attacks during the past decade against refugees and other non-South Africans are adding to a culture of intolerance and resulting in violence, pain and suffering for victims of this violence. The government has failed to adequately respond to these incidents and do the work necessary to prevent continued incidences of xenophobic violence,
and to create a safe environment for non-South Africans living in South Africa.

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