Ireland's 'beauty pageant' winner comes out

MAria Rose TraleeThe winner of Ireland's oldest and most popular festival, the Rose of Tralee, has announced that she is gay. Maria Walsh won the 55 year old competition held in County Kerry, which claims to find the ultimate Irish woman, judged on beauty and talent.

Just days after she was crowned the winner, Walsh revealed to a newspaper that she was a lesbian, making her the first gay Rose. The 27 year old told the Telegraph in an interview that she believed attitudes to the festival are changing - that reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

Linda Perry & Sara Gilbert expecting again

sara-gilbert-linda-perry-apr-2012-giSara Gilbert announced last week that she is pregnant. The co-host confessed during the 'Face Your Fears' section of CBS show "The Talk" which returned to the air for it's fifth season. The former Roseanne actress' dare was to face her own fear of getting hurt and to lay down on a bed of nails and have a cinder block broken over her stomach.

Premier Inn goes 'Out' for Laces

Premier OutThe hotel chain, Premier Inn, has joined a growing number of brands pledging support for Stonewall's Laces campaign. The charity has sent rainbow coloured laces to every professional player in the UK, which includes youth and women’s teams, along with 650 MPs and leading political figures for this weekend (13th-14th September).

Rainbow Teaching

Rainbow teachingThis has been a topic for some time now, with a lot of people complaining that children are not been taught how NOT to be homophobic.

The Rainbow Teaching website hopes to provide teachers with everything they need to challenge any sort of bullying or language that children might not understand.

OITNB writer comes out

LaurenMorelliLEAD 0OITNB writer Lauren Morelli came out back in May this year. She realised, through working with the writers and cast of the show, that she didn't just prefer 'reading a book' to sex. She also had to tell her husband that she was gay. It's been an interesting story for the lady who wrote the scenes between Piper and Alex 'hearting' each other as they rekindled their romance in Season 1.

 

Football Fights Homophobia With Rainbow Laces

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Metro, the world’s largest free newspaper has teamed up gay rights charity Stonewall to support the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Vicky Beeching's winning argument

Vicky BeechingVicky Beeching, the Christian singer, songwriter, recently came out. Despite her religious beliefs contradicting the way she felt about her sexuality she decided that God and the Bible doesn't say what people think it says, and bravely opened up about her sexuality.

Getting hitched after 72 years

couple-apNews outlets have been reporting on possibly the most romantic wedding of all time. And no it’s not the Royal Wedding again it’s the news of the lesbian couple, who after 72 years of being together, got hitched on the weekend.

LGBT Services Suffering As A Result Of Austerity

austerityA new report commissioned by the TUC from London Metropolitan University shows the government’s austerity measures have had severe effects on services provided for the LGBT community.

 

Spectator writer's homophobic review of Dusty biography

Dusty Springfield biogThe Spectator and it's columnist, Roger Lewis have been widely condemned for publishing a review online of a Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend, by Karen Bartlett. The columnist started with the sentence "Call me a crazy old physiognomist, but my theory is that you can always spot a lesbian by her big thrusting chin"

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