Rogers makes history as first openly gay player in US pro soccer

Robbie Rogers warms up before the match. Photo: EPA

Robbie Rogers is back where he feels he belongs and is most comfortable. On a soccer pitch playing the game he has loved since he was a boy. Now that he has revealed the long kept secret that he is gay, he is ready to move on and focus on resuming his career.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 4:45am

Fear of abuse keeps bulk of Chinese gays in closet in workplace

Just 6.29pc are completely open about sexuality on the job, where jokes, abuse intimidate many

More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on the mainland have heard colleagues use insulting language or tell offensive jokes about LGBT people, resulting in most choosing to stay in the closet, according to a report released in Beijing yesterday.

18 May 2013 - 5:24am 1 comment

Federer, Murray unfazed by gay players on tour

Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Photos: AFP

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have insisted that any player who came out as gay would not face discrimination on the ATP Tour. US basketball star Jason Collins recently revealed he was gay, becoming the first active professional player in the US to declare his homosexuality.

14 May 2013 - 5:45am

LGBT tourism: is HK missing out?

Benjie Caraig wins the Mr Gay Hong Kong title last year. Clubs find such events attract straight clientele, too. Photo: Sam Tsang

Members of the Hong Kong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have heard the story time and again: a man and his husband check into a hotel after a long flight and grow increasingly exasperated as the smiling but confused receptionist asks for the third time: "Are you sure you don't want separate beds?"

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am 7 comments

Vertically inclined

Cason Crane and his mother, Isabella de la Houssaye, in Hong Kong. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane has been putting off starting his studies at Princeton University for two years, but it's not as if he's spent that time wondering what he wants to do with his life.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Activist's plan to legalise gay marriage submitted to NPC

Li Yinhe has said legalising same-sex marriage requires only minor changes to the current marriage law. Photo: Mark Ralston

“A [National People's Congress] member has brought the proposal to the parliament meeting, but only as a ‘suggestion’,” Li Yinhe said. On multiple occassions since 2003, she has entrusted NPC members to submit her proposal on gay marriage on her behalf. 

6 Mar 2013 - 1:45pm

Cameron wins the day on gay marriage

Campaigners Martin Brown and Archie Young embrace during a demonstration while MPs were debating gay marriage. Photo: Reuters

Britain's newspapers said the vote had alienated Cameron from many members of his own party and could have far-reaching political consequences ahead of the next general election in 2015.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:47am

Gay asylum seekers in UK resort to extreme measures to prove sexuality

Travellers queue to be processed by UK Border Agency immigration control officers at Heathrow airport in London. Photo: Reuters

In a lecture to be delivered this week at the Law Society, S. Chelvan, a barrister who specialises in asylum cases and works with the UK Border Agency (UKBA), will detail the extraordinary methods to which individuals are resorting - including filming themselves having sex - to justify requests for refuge.

5 Feb 2013 - 7:20am

Briefs, January 9, 2013

Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: AFP

Second inquest returns same Winehouse ruling

9 Jan 2013 - 4:18am

Liverpool's Suso fined for calling teammate 'gay' on Twitter

A joking tweet landed Reds' player Suso in trouble. Photo: AP

Liverpool forward Suso was fined £10,000 (HK$126,000) after labelling teammate Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter.

Suso sparked protests last month when he posted a photo on the microblogging website of Reds defender Enrique having his teeth whitened and added a tweet which read: "What f**k is he doing? This guy is gay...he does everything except play football."

20 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage issue

Plaintiff Kristin Perry (right) and her partner Sandy Stier. Photo: MCT

Advocates and opponents of gay marriage yesterday welcomed a decision by the US Supreme Court to take up the sensitive issue, saying a ruling by the justices could help settle one of America's thorniest disputes.

The Supreme Court announced it would hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:56am

'Pink' app steers big spenders in right direction

Help is at hand for members of the gay community who feel discriminated against when shopping or socialising.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Baby Love

Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Pascal Elbe

Director: Vincent Garenq

Category: IIB (French and Spanish)

In France, Vincent Garenq's directorial debut is called Comme Les Autres: translating as 'Like the Others', it refers to the film's gay protagonist's wish to sire a child like all the straight couples he knows.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Every Stonedog has his day

As is so often the case with people who decide to make Hong Kong their home, Evan Steer moved to the city to do one job but has since found himself doing, well, many.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Don't judge people by their sexual orientation

For many people, Hong Kong is all about free enterprise and the love of money. So one might think that, of all businesses, the love-hotel industry would embrace this philosophy to the fullest. But some societal biases can run so deep that they may prove more powerful than the alluring colour of money. Chief among these is our deep-seated prejudice against gays and lesbians.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am