U.K. Sporting Bodies Sign Gay Charter

Gay rights campaigners have welcomed a new charter that aims to stamp out homophobia and transphobia within U.K. sports. The Charter for Action was signed this week by major sporting bodies including The Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union.

They join the Lawn Tennis Association and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in being the first major sports to sign up to the initiative. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has urged more associations, groups and individuals to add their signatures.

“Sport should be about what you can do, not who you are. But too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people feel that the sports field is not somewhere they can be themselves, and that prejudice and discrimination will mean their sexuality is always talked about more than their ability with a ball, bat or racket…” she said.

“Homophobia and transphobia has no place in sport and I’m delighted that so many sporting bodies are backing our campaign to stamp it out at all levels, from local parks to Olympic stadiums.”

Published this week, the charter is one part of a new action plan that sets out the government’s initiatives for supporting LGBT equality in the coming year.

Alex Horne, General Secretary of the Football Association, said “The FA and its stakeholders have worked hard over the years in providing football for all and ensuring that football stadia are open to everyone and are both family and LGTB friendly.

“We’ve seen real progress over the last 20 years when it comes to tackling racism and that’s something football should be proud of. We remain committed to our long-term goal of removing all forms of discrimination, such as homophobia, out of the game.”

We are all massive sports fans here in the gay chat team and have an appreciation for football, rugby, tennis etc that goes far beyond sitting on the sidelines! We’ve shown our support for the charter by visiting and liking the Charter for Action Facebook page. Why not sign up too and join us in supporting our out sports men and women? Game on!

Gary Cosby

Gym and tonic, anyone?

If the Xmas food fest has left you feeling like an over stuffed turkey, you’re not alone! Come January most of us are thinking about detox diets and making a beeline for the nearest gym. If you’re currently feeling like a bloated Mr. Blobby here are some terrific tips to help get your gay chat stats back on track!

Turn fat to fuel

Actually, it isn’t so bad that you packed a little padding over the festive period – fat, in fact, provides the energy we need for exercise. It also provides a cushion and insulation for your inner organs and helps distribute vitamins A, D, E and K through the body. Fat builds up when we consume more calories than we use (scoffing and lying around on the sofa all Xmas!). So what are you waiting for? Get to the gym! You have all the fuel you need to turn your flab into fab!

Pump up the volume

Music is a great motivator. Studies show that working out to uptempo rhythms can boost performances in the gym considerably.  Duffy’s “Mercy” clocks in to the ideal tempo bracket in which to work out: 120 – 150 bpm (beats per minute). Got a smartphone, iPod or MP3 player? Then why not download some high-energy-work-out toons to help you zap the fat? Top tracks for the treadmill include Don’t Stop The Music by Rhiana (122 bpm), Just Dance by Lady GaGa (119 bpm), and our personal favourite, Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas (130 bpm).

Detox your diet

Ok. Enough’s enough…step away from the Xmas chocolate box, it’s time to detox! We all know that healthy eating and working out works wonders on the waistline. Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and processed foods in your diet. Add plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Yeah, you’ve heard all that before, but it works! It’ll help get you back to buff in no time!

Make it personal

Personal trainers are no longer exclusive to celebs and super models. If you need a nudge, just one session with a certified fitness coach could put you back on track and improve your gym technique. Being results focused, personal trainers will encourage you to work out efficiently, achieving maximum results in minimum time. They’ll also kick your ass (if need be) around a circuit. Helpful.

Book a break

If there’s one thing that’ll get you back to the gym and keep you there, it’s a summer holiday. There are some great New Year deals out there. So what better incentive to bring the sexy back? Try on last year’s Aussie Bums, stand in front of the mirror and take a long look at yourself. It maybe all the motivation you need to jump on the treadmill and get that tush back to toned, taut and tasty!

Oh, and don’t forget the Maleforce gay app works everywhere….why not check in to your local gym?…you just mind find yourself a hot new work out buddy!

Gary Cosby

Gay, set and match! Bruno is Andy Murray fave

Just one match away from a shot at grand slam glory Britain ’s tennis golden boy Andy Murray says Bruno is ace.

In a post-match interview, following his quarter-final gleaning win over John Isner, the young Scott revealed his love for Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageously camp alter ego.

It’ll be no laughing matter this Sunday however when the 22 year old star faces Roger Federer in the final of The Australian Open.

Currently ranked the world No.3 Murray is undoubtedly smiling at the fact that it took his opponent 17 attempts before nailing a major. Melbourne is Murray ’s 17th grand slam.

At his only other grand slam final appearance Murray suffered a straight sets defeat to Federer. That was in New York two years ago when fatigue set in following a brutal semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Federer however has scoffed at Murray ’s chances of winning on Sunday. Following his magnificent semi-final win over Jo-Wilfied Tsonga in Melbourne he quipped that Murray will be endeavouring to win Britain it’s first gland slam singles title “for 150,000 years”

“He’s in his second grand slam final now” said the three times Australian Open winner  “I think the first one is always a bit tougher than the second one. But as he didn’t win the first one, I think that doesn’t help him, you know, for the second one.

“I don’t feel like the pressure’s really on me having to do it again, because I’ve done it before. I think he really needs it more than I do. So I think the pressure’s big on him. But we’ll see how he’s going to handle it. It’s not going to be easy for him, that’s for sure.”

To say British hopes are riding high with Murray is an understatement. Currently at a career defining peak it is hoped that it the young Scott will end the 74-year long British grand slam slump since Fred Perry’s triumph in 1936.

Perhaps a friendly ‘Vasssssup!’ from the stands could egg him on…

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by Gary Cosby