Olympian Oscar Pistorius will not be a part of South Africa’s “It Gets Better” effort

Olympic runner Oscar
Pistorius recorded a video message for South Africa’s “It Gets Better” website launching this week, but it will not be included due to his current legal troubles.

TimesLive reports:

Organisers of the “It Gets Better, South
Africa” campaign against homophobic bullying, due to be launched
tomorrow, severed Oscar Pistorius’s connection with it yesterday.
In his video, which will no longer be
included in the campaign, Pistorius said: “Just remember that you’re
special. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep
breath and remember ‘It will get better’.”

At a preliminary hearing today for the alleged murder of his
girlfriend, Pistorius pleaded “not guilty,” and insisted it was an accident
based on his mistaking her for an intruder.

President and First Lady honor Olympians & Paralympians

Honoring our U.S. Olympians and Paralympians at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama rightfully pointed out that they are the “portrait of what this country is all about” as he, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama salute their achievements at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Obama says: “You could not have been better ambassadors for the United States.”

The athletes presented the Obamas with the U.S. flag carried during the events’ opening ceremonies.

At the Olympics, the U.S. won 104 medals, 46 of them gold, their highest total at an Olympics not held in the United States.

Immediately following the Olympic Games were the Paralympics, which attracted a record 2.7 million spectators, and our US athletes won 98 medals, 31 of them gold.

Olympic superstar Tom Daley in shirtless Heat Magazine layout

Tom Daley in shirtless Heat Magazine layout

Tom Daley continues to dominate the media world after his impressive showing at the 2012 Olympics.

The Smoking Nun blog features several pics from Tom’s recent photo shoot for Heat Magazine in the UK, which is apparently similar to the US’s People Magazine.

No denying this guy has some star power.  I’m curious to see where he goes next with his fame.

Click on either pic to enlarge.  More pics at The Smoking Nun.

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte wants you to “Rock The Vote”

Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Lochte was spotted in a women’s neon Junk Food “Scan to Vote” tank top this past weekend at the Junk Food #Scantovote party here in Las Vegas.

PromoJam has teamed up with Junk Food to launch the first-ever “Scan to Vote” social media powered QR Code t-shirts for the 2012 election year.

Made from 100% organic cotton, the tech-savvy eco-shirts were specifically created to engage, educate and inspire youth in America to register to vote directly from the piece of technology that they use most – their smart phone.

More info at ScanToVote.org

Ten “out” gay & lesbian 2012 Olympians take home medals

The LGBT community can be proud of the showing gay and lesbian athletes made at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

From SBNation: Ten publicly out gay and lesbian Olympians are taking home medals from these Olympic Games in London, most of them gold.

If Team Gay was a country, it would have finished 31st overall with
seven medals, tied with Mexico, Ethiopia and Georgia.

They would have
beaten the medal count of such countries as Jamaica, Ireland, Argentina
and India.

They would have finished 21st overall for most golds (four),
tied with Iran, Jamaica, Czech Republic and Korea.

The 2012 openly gay Olympic medal winners are:

  • GOLD: Seimone Augustus, USA, Basketball. The U.S. women’s basketball team was arguably the most dominant team in any sport at these Olympics.
  • GOLD: Carl Hester,
    Great Britain, Equestrian. Hester and his two teammates won Great
    Britain’s first-ever Team Dressage gold. Hester finished fifth overall
    in the individual competition.
  • GOLD: Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen,
    Netherlands, Field Hockey. The Dutch women beat Argentina, 2-0, in the
    gold medal match. Paumen and Dirkse van den Heuvel scored the team’s two
    goals.
  • GOLD: Megan Rapinoe,
    USA, Soccer. The Americans beat Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match.
    Rapinoe had a key pass in the game. She also had two big goals in the
    semifinal match. Coach Pia Sundhage is also openly lesbian.
  • SILVER: Judith Arndt, Germany, Cycling. Arndt was the first out athlete to win a medal in London, taking silver in the road race time trial.
  • BRONZE: Edward Gal,
    Netherlands, Equestrian. Gal was on the bronze-medal team for Team
    Dressage; He finished ninth overall in the individual event.
  • BRONZE: Lisa Raymond, USA, Tennis. Raymond and partner Mike Bryan won the mixed doubles bronze medal.

Let’s hear it for Team Gay!