History has been made today in the boxing world, as featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has come out as a "proud gay man."
The Puerto Rican native, 31, told USA Today: "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career."
He then went on to say, "I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."
Cruz is a former Olympian (from the Sydney Olympics no less). Cruz has been fighting professionally since December 2000. His next fight is scheduled for Oct. 19 2012.
Aussie Olympian, Matthew Mitcham has vowed to his twitter followers that he will dive naked if he wins his second Gold medal today in London.
The openly gay athlete recently tweeted to his 27,000-plus followers: 'If I win gold at #London2012, I will dive off 10m naked to celebrate.'
Matthew has been making the front pages of newspapers across the globe touting his #1 social media influence ranking and online antics during the games, including his adorable videos from covers of Single Ladies to Family Guy's theme tune.
His competition kicks off today (Friday August 10) - Aussies can tune in to Channel Nine during the 4am session for live coverage, or the multi channel Foxtel broadcasts.
Judith Arndt of Germany became the first openly gay athlete to medal at the 2012 Olympics. She took silver on Wednesday in the Women’s Cycling Time Trials after finishing 15 seconds behind American Kristin Armstrong who took the gold and Russian Olga Zabelinskaya came in third.
This is the third Olympic medal for the 36-year-old Arndt, who first won bronze for the 3000 Meter Pursuit at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and a silver in the road race at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
The hotly contested bid between the Sydney Convicts and Manchester Village Spartans to hold the 2012 Bingham Cup - the world cup of Gay Rugby reached Olympic sized hype during its run, with both sides putting up impressive and globally reaching campaigns - engaging a wide audience to the world of gay rubgy.
Alas there is only one winner, and that winner was announced last night (Sydney time) as Manchester UK.
Andrew "Fuzz" Purchas, head of the Sydney Bid said, "Last night IGRAB awarded hosting rights to Manchester for the 2012 Bingham Cup.
"The vote was very close. 34 points to 28. The voting broadly followed a geographic pattern. Europe/East coast and Mid East voting for Manchester and Mid West/West coast and Southern Hemisphere voting for Sydney. There were a couple of exceptions to this.
"This bring to a close a very hard fought but friendly campaign between Manchester and Sydney. Despite being disappointed that we did not win I know that Manchester will do a first rate job. Their bid was fantastic and the support they generated was awesome. We are all looking forward to going to Manchester in 2012.
"Again I would like to thank the mountain of support we have received in putting the bid together. It has introduced gay rugby, IGRAB, the Bingham Cup, the Sydney Convict and Manchester Village Spartans to a lot wider audience and we are extremely encouraged by the passionate support and encouragement we received.
"Thank you everyone who was actively involved in the bid process."