“To me love is love. It shouldn’t matter. I have so many close friends and family who are gay I don’t even think about it. I just want everyone to have the chance to love who they want to and it just shouldn’t matter. Some of the closest people in my life are gay and I have to say, have had longer committed relationships than many of my straight friends - including my beautiful sister Sarah and her partner.”
Via ChigagoPride.com. She performed at Chicago’s gay Northalsted Market Days event.
We All Want Hot Gay Aussie Diver Matthew Mitcham To Win Gold
— Matthew Mitcham (@matthew_mitcham) August 8, 2012
Gay Olympian Ji Wallace Comes Out As HIV Positive
HIV Plus Mag reports:
An Australian trampoline gymnast and Olympian says he’s ready to reveal to the world that he is not only gay, but that he is HIV positive.
Ji Wallace told the Star Observer said he was inspired to come out after watching an interview with Greg Louganis, the famed Olympic diver who came out as HIV-positive in 1995, as well as the recent coming out of Anderson Cooper.
“I have never publicly disclosed this before but felt inspired by [the] interview… and by Anderson Cooper’s ‘coming out’ letter last month describing ‘value in being seen and heard’ in the face of disturbing violence, bullying, persecution and condemnation by peers, colleagues, government officials and worst of all family and friends.
Wallace, who won the silver medal in 2000 for trampoline gymnastics, is currently in London to cheer on his team.
“Being seen does have value. A voice does have value,” he said in the letter. “I have the support of my boyfriend, my great friends and my loving parents. Many do not and this is, in part, for them.”
Photo Of The Week: Daniel Garofali by Rick Day
Gay Icon & Pop Diva Kylie Minogue Celebrates 25 Years In Music At Sydney Mardi Gras
KYLIE Minogue has always been an icon to the gay community.So when it came to celebrating her 25th year in the music industry, Mardi Gras was the perfect occasion to mark the pop songbird’s silver anniversary.The singer, 43, was the guest of honour at the annual gay, lesbian and transgender parade in Sydney’s Oxford Street, before performing at the racy after-party.When it came to her wardrobe, she didn’t disappoint, slipping into two sexy Jean Paul Gaultier creations and a headdress by London milliner Stephen Jones on stage and a daring Pucci backless dress.The diminutive star, who last attended Mardi Gras in 1998, was honoured with her own Kylie-themed float during the parade, which was witnessed by 300,000 spectators.Despite the rain, the crowds were in high spirits as they matched the two and a half hour spectacle.As well as performing, Minogue spoke out against the nation’s current ban on same sex marriage.She said: “Of course I believe that it should be legalised. I always say, love is love is love.“Hopefully whatever hurdles or obstacles are in the way can soon be banished, that would be great.“It’s such a great way to celebrate the relationship between the gay community and myself and everything we have been through together.”And Kylie was obviously thrilled with her float, writing on Twitter: ‘Happy Mardi Gras. Love, love and LOVE!!!.“Still simply cannot believe the amount of people who were in or helped create the K25 float. #shouldbesleepingbynow.“ThkU THANK YOU @SydneyMardiGras & Mardigrasland… YOU were amazing… I am #happytiredwiredrelievedamazedgrateful.“That. was. epic.“Thank you to everyone who participated in the K25 Mardi Gras floats….#incredible.”Hordern Pavilion, Minogue wore a multi-printed Pucci dress, which she posted a photo of on Twitter.She wrote: “Pucci gives #BACK!!! @SydneyMardiGras.”