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January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

January 16, 2015

Family tree depicts two fathers with four children

A Malaysian publisher has apologized for a school textbook that featured a family tree depicting with two fathers with four children under the heading Harmonious Family.

The diagram made the rounds on social media after a photo was the on Facebook, with commenters wondering how it passed censors or if it is a misprint.

Publishers Penerbitan Bagus confirmed Wednesday (12 January) that the gay couple in the year 4 history book, Temanku DSKP Sejarah Tahun 4, was unintentional.

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

January 12, 2015

'In order to cleanse society'

A leading Kyrgyz politician has called for the public execution of LGBTI people 'in order to cleanse society.'

MP Narynbek Maldobaev made the comments in a 26-minute film about the central Asian country by Vocativ.

One resident of the capital Bishek said local people did not want 'Western ideas about gays and lesbians' and the lawmaker went as far as to say they should all be exterminated.

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 7, 2015

Sorry Directioners, but it looks like a fake

Sorry Directioners, it looks like Styles didn't actually ask his bandmate Niall Horan if he could sit on his face.

The hoax, which has appeared to fool many fans as well as a lot of the world's media, has been going viral on social media for the last couple of days.

At first look, when Horan posted a cheeky selfie with his tongue out it seemed pretty innocent.

But then, a screenshot shows what appears to be Styles seemingly asking 'Can I sit on your face?' followed by a 'Please?'

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

December 26, 2014

If you’re not a fan of ‘food porn’, you might want to look away now…

When Michael Zee made breakfast for his boyfriend, Mark van Beek, in April of last year, he didn’t think that it would lead to them having over 113,000 followers on Instagram.

Michael, 29, works in London’s V&A museum in the Learning Department. Mark, 39, is a Design Director with clothing company. The two have been together almost three years; Mark moved in to Michael’s home in Hackney, east London, full time in April 2013.

December 23, 2014

Film's hero, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, 'stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay'

The cast and filmmakers of The Imitation Game will be honored next month by The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTI civil rights organization in the US.

The film tells the story of the late British cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing who was chemically castrated by his government for being gay and later committed suicide.

This despite the fact that Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film) was a hero who developed a method of cracking previously-unbreakable Nazi codes and shortened WWII.

December 22, 2014

From love letters in the sky to cheeky digs at Putin - this was 2014

It was a year of up's and down's, just like every year - but moments like these ones (which topped our best read story polls - thanks everyone!) showed us hope, gave us a laugh, brought unity and strength and made us come together throughout the year.

Highlights include the great Clare Balding throwing shade at Putin to a mother coming out to her son, while he is coming out to her!

With great stories like these we're looking forward to a flourishing 2015 - so, what's next?

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 18, 2014

Reality TV star says his family loves gay people

Duck Dynasty narrator Willie Robertson is trying to figure out if being gay was a choice after his father caused a media firestorm with his anti-gay views.

The reality TV star said Monday (December 15) on Larry King Live that he did not agree with his Phil Robertson's comments equating gay sex to bestiality.

'Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn’t agree with — and I’ve even said so.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 14, 2014

Female comics sit down to read messages men have sent each other on Grindr, GROWLr and Scruff. Have you ever been sent messages like these?

‘I think I saw you at the train station the other day. Purple shirt? Want head?’

That’s just one example of the bizarre, and sometimes hilarious, messages gay guys receive on dating apps.

Whether you use them to find love or just to hook up for the night, there’s no doubt there are definitely some gems in the messages guys exchange with each other on such apps.

December 11, 2014

'I bow my head and apologize for the anxiety I have caused'

The mayor of Seoul will meet the LGBTI protesters who occupied city hall for five consecutive days over his scrapping of a human rights charter.

A coalition of 20 groups started the sit-in on Saturday demanding an apology and face-to-face meeting with Mayor Park Won-soon.

Park agreed to the meeting yesterday on Human Rights Day, the date the charter was supposed to be enacted.

December 10, 2014

App's Best of 2014 Awards find Clinton 'Straight Ally of the Year' and Vladimir Putin 'Enemy of the LGBT Community'

Hillary Clinton has not yet formally announced her candidacy for President of the United States but she can already count on one block of voters.

Grindr users voted the former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady the 'Straight Ally of the Year' in the app's third annual Best of Awards.

In contrast to the support Clinton received, Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted 'Enemy of the LGBT Community' - no doubt for his championing of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

December 10, 2014

Conchita Wurst, Pentatonix and Tyler Oakley all star

YouTube has revealed its biggest and best trending videos of 2014, and it turns out it was a very gay year.

From kids reacting to gay marriage to Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision, stars have come together to create the ultimate viral video.

Vlogger Tyler Oakley goes Anaconda, a capella group Pentatonix (with its two gay members) sing Let It Go, and a lot of people get wet in the ice bucket challenge.

The 'first kiss' videos are also referenced with two men being the 'strangers' about to make out.

December 7, 2014

The Russian government owned Rossia 1 television network screened a ‘documentary’ in November about the supposed moral degradation of America and Europe caused by LGBTI equality

Russian state owned media has aired a 90 minute ‘documentary’ in which it is claimed that it is normal in America for parents to decorate their children's bedrooms with sexually explicit images and for young kids to be asked to choose which gender they want to be.

The episode of Special Correspondent screened on the Rossia 1 television network in November and warned of what it called ‘gender fascism’ in the West - which it claimed was seeing children taken away from parents who still had traditional values.

December 4, 2014

'Was good for demographics'

A senior member of Latvia's ruling party has been forced to resign after she praised the Nazis for exterminating LGBTI people.

Inga Priede made the comments on Monday (1 December) night during a Twitter exchange with her Unity colleagues about gay marriage, which she said left the country 'in shock.'

'Thank God! The Germans shot them in their time. Was good for demographics,' she tweeted.

The backlash was immediate and she stepped down from Unity's board the next day.

December 3, 2014

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of the Fine Gael party, reportedly visited Pantibar for a pre-Christmas drink with his party’s LGBT group

Ireland’s Taoiseach – the country's equivalent to a Prime Minister – has been photographed enjoying a drink in a gay bar.

The photo was taken and posted on social media by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known by his drag name, Panti Bliss.

November 24, 2014

Ass Hunter lets players shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you

Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.

Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).

The game description reads, 'Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!

'Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.

November 16, 2014

'Hey, don't knock it 'til you try it'

One Direction's Harry Styles knows how to get our attention.

The pop star's sexuality has made the rumor mill hit hyperdrive, and he's freely contributing to the gossip.

According to NewNowNext, Styles and band mate Niall Horan were interviewed by The Sun. As the only single men in the group, the two joked Horan hooks up with a celebrity at each tour stop.