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April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

April 16, 2014

Straight man accused Sprint of 'not treating their customers like they should' after he received a shocking email

A US phone company is in trouble after it appears they called a customer a ‘gay sissyboy’ in an email.

Kelvin Mathews, a married straight guy from Chicago, was wondering if someone had their wires crossed when he received a message from Sprint.

He claims after he contacted customer service, he received the message addressed to ‘Sissyboy Kelvin Gay Matthews’.

April 12, 2014

Sexually assaulted at gunpoint, then taken to five nearby ATMs to withdraw cash

A 34-year-old Canadian man was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed by a man he invited to his hotel room in Philadelphia, US after talking with him on the gay hookup app Grindr.

The victim, who did not want to be identified by NBC Philadelphia, was in the city to attend an education conference when he invited the suspect to his Hilton Home2 Suites hotel room around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.

April 3, 2014

New ad for its Teddy Grahams snack line features two gay dads

Honey Maid has taken the extraordinary step of turning the anti-gay backlash against a recent commercial featuring two dads into a statement of love.

The company has released a YouTube video showing such hateful tweets as 'Disgusting!" and explains that it hired two artists to take the negative comments and turn them into something else.

The women printed the comments out onto pieces of paper that they rolled up into small tubes and arranged them together so that they spell the word 'Love.'

April 3, 2014

Co-founder could not overcome controversy over his donation to  Prop 8 anti-gay marriage referendum

After less than two weeks on the job, Brendon Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corp.

His undoing was a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, an anti-gay marriage referendum that was successfully overturned last year.

News of the donation emerged last week and the backlash continued to gain momentum with company employees using Twitter to call for his ouster and the dating site OK Cupid temporarily blocking the site.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 13, 2014

Although governor is limited to two terms, Brewer had thought she might try and find a way to run again

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday (12 March) that she will not be trying to run for a third term.

'There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,' Brewer said during an appearance at an elementary school in Glendale, Arizona. 'And after competing this term in office, I will be doing just that.'

The Arizona state constitution prohibits a governor from being elected to more than two terms.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 27, 2014

He tells fans: 'I am so humbled; so grateful for your outpouring of love and support'

Determined to make an album without a record label, Steve Grand turned to his fans for help.

They came through.

In just 17 hours, the goal of $85,000 was raised through Grand's Kickstarter campaign.

The total has since climbed to past $115,000.

In a Facebook message, Grand described himself as 'speechless.'

February 19, 2014

Neil Francis: On reflection, I would like to withdraw those comments and apologise profusely and unreservedly'

Now Neil Francis is saying he's sorry.

The former Ireland rugby star caused outrage after saying - among other things - that gay people have no interest in sport.

He had been asked to react to US football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay before entering the NFL draft.

February 5, 2014

'I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I'm glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community'

Juan Pablo Galavis, ABC's current star of The Bachelor, is speaking out after meeting with some LGBTI families during his apology tour.

The single father suffered massive backlash last month when he told a reporter that he did not think there should ever be a gay version of The Bachelor and that such a show would not set a good example for kids.

January 29, 2014

'But you have to respect his freedom to say or do whatever he wants'

It's been more than a week since Juan Pablo Galavis, the current star of the ABC reality series, The Bachelor, infuriated some with his comments about gay people.

While the network was quick to condemn Galavis for saying a gay version of the show would not be good for kids, host Chris Harrison remained mum on the controversy.

But Harrison is finally speaking up.

January 29, 2014

CBS management have denied that there was a deliberate decision to avoid show gay and lesbian couples kissing after they were married by Queen Latifa during Macklemore’s Same Love performance at the Grammys

CBS couples have rubbished claims that they intentionally cut away from the couples who were married during Macklemore’s performance at the Grammys.

The live edit of the performance cut away when several of the couples went to embrace each other at the end of the wedding ceremony – the traditional time when the newly weds kiss.

January 28, 2014

Former Growing Pains star has growing history of anti-gay remarks

Kirk Cameron, best known for the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, is expressing outrage against the televised marriage ceremonies of 33 gay and straight couples during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (26 January).

January 20, 2014

Owners say they were practicing their constitutional right to religious freedom

The civil rights of a lesbian couple in Oregon were violated when a bakery refused to make their wedding cake, according to a state investigation.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries found that Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against Portland couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman. Both parties must now undergo settlement talks.

January 19, 2014

Law authorities arrest Mitchell Munro Taylor on suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

A suspect is being held for leaving threatening posts on the Facebook page of Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested this past Thursday (16 January), two days after Murray's staff discovered approximately 20 anti-gay notes.

'Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,' one of the Facebook posts said, according to the Associated Press.

January 15, 2014

Dell thanks Gay Star News as it drops internet filter. Now millions more people can access vital LGBTI information and services

Dell is scrapping a filtering system which let homophobes block access to ‘gay and lesbian’ internet content in schools, colleges, businesses and elsewhere.

Gay Star News revealed Dell’s market-leading SonicWall content filtering device provided an option for non-sexual LGBTI sites to be blocked – making it harder for people to access vital services and information.

January 2, 2014

The singer confirms split from Carlos González Abella but has nothing else to say about it for now

Ricky Martin and Carlos González Abella have broken up.

The singer's publicist has confirmed the split to El Nuevo Día.

Martin, usually quite active on social media, has not commented on the break-up. His most recent tweet simply said: 'Eat well, train hard, live passionately, sleep well, Repeat!'

Martin and Abella, a financial analyst, had been together approximately three years.

December 26, 2013

Firms including Dell are handing anti-gay forces the option to block public use of all ‘gay and lesbian’ content, even when it is not sexual

Leading computer companies are helping anti-LGBTI people to block public access to ‘gay and lesbian’ websites – including vital services.

The policy, including at Dell, has been condemned as ‘incredibly poor business sense’ and dangerous for vulnerable people.

Two of the companies known to be involved are supportive of gay rights in public, scoring 100% in the US Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

But behind the scenes they are selling a product allowing the filtering.

December 24, 2013

Says Americans would rather be talking about sex than race

LGBTI columnist and activist Dan Savage funds it telling that much of the fallout from Duck Dynasty patriarch's Phil Robertson recent comments has been focused on his anti-gay comments and not on what he had to say about blacks.

'I actually thought what he said about African-Americans in the South under Jim Crow was so much more offensive,' Savage tells CNN's Anderson Cooper.

December 23, 2013

Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II had been convicted of having sex with another man

Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turning, the father of computing and World War II hero, for his 1952 conviction for having sex with another man.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the war.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court. Instead of prison, he accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration.

This led to Turing committing suicide in 1954.

December 23, 2013

Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II had been convicted of having sex with another man

Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turning, the father of computing and World War II hero, for his 1952 conviction for having sex with another man.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the war.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court. Instead of prison, he accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration.

This led to Turing committing suicide in 1954.

December 19, 2013

A&E Networks 'extremely disappointed' by remarks, distances itself from reality show star

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been place on 'indefinite' hiatus from the hit reality show after causing an uproar with anti-gay comments.

December 19, 2013

Phone giant says internet block on gay support charity was a mistake, but experts say UK government policy is making the internet less free

The British Government’s new internet filtering is shutting down LGBTI community voices, experts have warned today.

The policy, designed to prevent children seen porn and harmful content is also catching sites which actually help people, with gay, bi and trans sites in the frontline.

One such site, London Friend, was ‘mistakenly’ blocked by leading phone company TalkTalk’s filtering software, it emerged today (19 December).