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August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

July 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

July 24, 2012

Canadian student inspires LGBT community to stand up for gay rights after homophobes attacked him in public

A gay student in Canada who was assaulted and mugged by homophobes has vowed not to let the attack push him back into the closet.

University of Alberta student Chevi Rabbit was attacked by a group of three men walking near his campus in Whyte Avenue on Thursday (19 July) at 9pm.

After hurling homophobic abuse, the 26-year-old claimed one of the trio attacked him, holding him in a headlock, throwing him to the ground and stealing his iPhone.

July 11, 2012

Russian religious activists have launched a campaign to have Facebook banned saying its same-sex marriage icon amounts to 'gay propaganda' and is 'flirting with sodomites'

According to Russia Today, Russian Orthodox activists have demand a nationwide ban on Facebook as the social networking website recently enabled same-sex couples to use an gay marriage icon to represent their union.

Last month the popular social networking site introduced same-sex marriage status icons: one depicting two brides, the other two grooms.

July 6, 2012

Roanoke Athletic Club will now allow 'household' memberships

The Roanoke Athletic Club in Virginia, currently being sued by a gay couple who had their family membership revoked, posted on its Facebook page Thursday (5 July) that it is changing its policy to include 'household' memberships

Will Trinkle and Juan Granados, who joined the club with their 2-year-old son through a family membership, were called nine days later by a club employee who told them a mistake had been made. They say they were told the state of Virginia does not consider them to be a real family.

July 2, 2012

Gay and lesbian users on social networking site can now choose a same-sex marriage option when they wed

Facebook has launched a new icon to recognize gay marriage, continuing the social networking site's efforts to be more LGBT friendly.

The picture of a gay and lesbian couple will appear on the timeline of Facebook users who have indicated that they have wed a person of the same-sex and will be used instead of the one for straight partners.

In 2011, Facebook gave users the option to update their relationship status with 'In a Civil Union' and 'In a Domestic Partnership'.

June 28, 2012

An anti-gay group calling for mothers to abort fetuses they believe to be gay as an act of faith has been shut down on Facebook

An Italian Facebook group offering a 'Catholic' guide to the abortion of the 'homosexual' fetus has been shut down after a week of controversy.

‘Aborting a gay is an act of faith’ was the name of the group set up a week ago, which claimed to be in contact with doctors and scientists ‘able to eradicate this disease from the world’.

LGBT people were described as ‘ill’, ‘an offence to God’, ‘a problem’ and ‘a virus’, in direct opposition to modern scientific opinion and all leading global medical bodies.

June 5, 2012

Presenter Brittany McMillan: 'Facebook amplified my voice and now we are changing the world'

High school student Brittany McMillan learned all about the power of Facebook in 2010 when she launched the idea of Spirit Day which inspires people to wear purple or change their Facebook photo to purple in support of LGBT youth and to stand up against bullying.

When a Spirit Day event Facebook page was flooded with anti-gay comments and violent images, the social network company worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to solve the problem.

May 1, 2012

One man released without charges as police in Cardiff continue the investigation into the unexplained death

A death reported on Saturday (28 April) in Cardiff, Wales is believed to be gay man Paul Iles.

Police were called to a property in Ffordd James McGhan in Cardiff Bay at 6:49am where a 31-year-old man was found dead. They are treating the death as 'unexplained'.

South Wales Police reported a 29-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge. But they told Gay Star News they are unable to confirm the identity of the the victim as Paul Iles.

April 3, 2012

Shopping with your friends. What's not to like? We look at the new Facebook app that brings social shopping to your computer

Shopping online has just got sociable. A new Facebook app, called Shopcade, aims to bring shopping and social networking together for the first time.

Until now buying on the internet was quick and easy but not much fun. Can Shopcade change that? Well, that's for you to decide. But what it does do is let you share and discuss things with your mates before you buy, even if they’re miles away. And being able to see what products are popular and trending among your friends means you’re always up to date with what’s cool.

March 30, 2012

Man attacked after coming out on Facebook – but only for his lack of taste

A guy who used Facebook to come out has been attacked by his geeky friends – but only for his lack of taste.

The man, whose identity is protected, posted on his Facebook wall that, ‘I've been in the closet for far too long, so here goes: I'm gay. I've known, in retrospect, for eight years.

‘This is the easiest way for me to deal with it; I apologize if anyone feels affronted that I didn't tell them in person.’

Clearly concerned about the reaction, the man chose his words carefully.

March 30, 2012

Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant warns Mark Zuckerberg after he failed to address gender concerns

Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant has threatened to publicly denounce Facebook unless the site allows users to list their gender as 'other'.

February 27, 2012

Facebook photo of Brandon Morgan and boyfriend touches hearts in post DADT world

In less than 48 hours, more than 18,000 people found and clicked 'Like' on a photo of US Marine Brandon Morgan arriving home from a tour of duty and leaping into the arms of his strapping boyfriend, Dalan Wells.

The photo is featured on a Facebook page titled Gay Marines and is quickly becoming a symbol of the post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell era in the US military.

January 18, 2012

Charles Mainor blames 'gaybirds' reference on friend who used his phone

New Jersey Assemblyman Charles Mainor insists that he would know better than to post a homophobic slur on his Facebook page.

But apparently he's friends with someone who does not.

During Sunday night's NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, this message was posted on Mainor's Facebook page: "Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY....NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS."