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August 15, 2014

One victim handed over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the blackmailers

Two British men who used the app Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will be jailed.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said one of the victims went to the police while he was being blackmailed and their investigations revealed the second man, who had paid up the cash.

August 13, 2014

Hit the Floor star hopes Zero will find himself next season

VH1's pro basketball drama Hit the Floor had its second season finale on Monday (11 August) and there may be hope yet for true romance between star player Zero and his agent Jude.

The pair, who began an affair a few episodes back, have a heart-to-heart in the locker room with Jude (Brent Antonello) saying he wants a real relationship, not just a sexual one.

August 4, 2014

After pleading guilty to leaving the foul message, the father of three said he was not homophobic

A British father of three who posted a rant on Facebook saying all ‘faggots should be machine gunned’ has been arrested.

Paul Gair, 42, has claimed he was not homophobic and posted the message after having a bad day.

In a post under an article about a Pride event in Newcastle, north England, he said:

‘If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay cunts wouldn't of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting cunts!’

Gair posted another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’.

August 1, 2014

Free gay social networking app GiFi has launched new features and is using Brighton Pride in the UK this weekend to share them with you

GiFi, the free, inclusive app on iPhone and Android has launched a range of new functions.

And the guys are going to be strutting their stuff at Brighton Pride on Saturday so you can find out what GiFi is all about.

GiFi is a next-generation free gay social networking app changing the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

July 29, 2014

'None of you "knew." Nobody can know until the person says so themselves'

Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Mitcham's comment that he was 'as surprised as anyone else' when fellow diver Tom Daley came out has been met with skepticism by some Gay Star News readers.

Among the comments posted on the GSN Facebook page today:

July 10, 2014

Millions have shared in Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote’s relationship online

Not every couple wants to share all the private moments and intimate details of their relationship with millions of people on social media.

But some do.

And it’s lucky that Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote are two of them.

Because they have to be among the most adorable couples not just in the virtual world but in the whole world.

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

July 5, 2014

A video of an unknown trans woman being attacked in Atlanta, US has gone viral, and receives shocking comments on YouTube saying she deserved it

A video of an unidentified transgender woman being brutally beaten up in the street in Atlanta, US has gone viral.

In the short video, the woman is punched and stomped on as bystanders watch and film the fight on their phones.

The video surfaced on Wednesday 2 June on Vine, a website for posting short videos, and has since been transferred to YouTube.

The attack happened in the Little Five Points district of Atlanta, Georgia outside a skateboard shop called Stratosphere Skateboards on Moreland Avenue.

July 4, 2014

Police officer Chris Kohrs has become local celebrity in gay neighborhood

More has been learned about the police officer in in San Francisco  previously known only as The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

His name is Chris Kohrs and a Facebook page has been dedicated to his hunkiness.

July 2, 2014

'What you're telling me, sir, is you went on this website in order to find someone who had the same sexual predisposition you did?'

Imagine appearing before a no-nonsense 71-year-old judge and talking about Grindr.

That's what happened this week on an episode of the syndicated US courtroom series Judge Judy.

Judge Judy Sheindlin was asked to settle a dispute between a 47-year-old man who was suing a 23-year-old 'friend' for unpaid loans.

The younger man, Aaron Murphy, claimed the money was a gift and that the man wanted it back after he spurned his advances.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

July 1, 2014

New update features ultra-big profile pics and allows you to see how long it will take to travel to meet your new guy

Grindr, the gay hookup app, will be debuting a new look this summer.

With changes to the layout and offerings, users’ profile pictures will be featured more prominently in the update.

The changes will hit Androids within the net few weeks and iPhones later this summer.

‘The update is part of Grindr’s continued focus on speed and simplicity when looking to meet guys and this new profile will make it easier than ever,’ a Grindr spokesman said.

June 26, 2014

If you type in PRIDE, each letter in an individual column, then you get a special surprise

In honor of Pride month, Google is celebrating with incredible little Easter eggs that you might have missed.

For example, there's one in its Google Docs program.

Open up a new spreadsheet document, and type ‘PRIDE’, one letter in each column, and you’ll get a rainbow-colored spreadsheet.

June 23, 2014

Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri has been ‘released from her contract’ with Opera Australia after it was revealed that a homophobic rant was posted by her Facebook account

Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri will not perform in an Australian production of the opera Otello after it was revealed that her Facebook page published an ant-gay screed attacking the LGBTI community in Georgia.

The 2013 dated screed praised Georgians for spitting at an LGBTI pride parade, calling participants ‘faecal masses’ and compared gay rights advances to metastasizing cancer cells.

June 9, 2014

WWE superstar Darren Young, actor Wilson Cruz and trans actress Candis Cayne join local political officials and activists for event

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had special privileges at Sunday's LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

He had his own microphone.

So the mayor, a longtime staunch ally of the LGBTI community, kept a running commentary going as he road atop a convertible along Santa Monica Boulevard.

'Happy pride!' he would yell out if the crowd seemed a bit too subdued.

Garcetti also showed off his Spanish skills in a fun exchange with a trio of drag performers known as Chico's Angels who were serving as commentators.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

May 27, 2014

Dr. Robbie Ludwig later apologized and said her statement had been misunderstood

Dr. Robi Ludwig has lost at least one of her commentating gigs for her baseless speculation about the killer of six college students near the campus of University of California Santa Barbara over the weekend.

She sparked outrage after saying on Fox News that Elliot Rodger, who also killed himself, may have been fighting 'homosexual impulses.'

Ludwig has been fired as the lifestyle real estate correspondent for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, one of the top real estate firms in the US.

May 24, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 23, 2014

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has doubled down on his homophobic Christian views, giving an Easter sermon in which he lumps gay people in with thieves and swindlers

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has again aired his homophobic views that saw him temporarily suspended from the show in an Easter sermon that was posted online on 20 April.

The video was posted by Robertson’s Whites Ferry Road Church so it seems he wanted people to see it.

In it he compares gay people to thieves, drunkards and swindlers and complains about how he was treated over his former comments.

May 20, 2014

If you don’t want your dating profile hijacked, your virtual shopping trolley intercepted or your passwords copied then strong Internet security is what you need

LGBT people have arguably always been at the forefront of technology.

Take Alan Turing, for example. The computer scientist, who is considered to be the father of ‘artificial intelligence’, was gay and his work has been hugely influential.

Seeing as gay people are more likely to invest in the latest technology and own several devices connected to the Internet, strong security and protection against viruses is increasingly important.

May 18, 2014

Taiwanese IT heavyweight Asus’ micro film for its ZenFone has been watched online millions of times in less than a week

Everyone knows how the competitive the Chinese smartphone market is. To stand out from the crowd, Asus from Taiwan apparently thinks a bit of humor won’t hurt.

The 3-minute commercial for the ZenFone first appeared in late April, but it’s from last Monday (12 May) that it has really caught on and appeared on just about every major online forum in Greater China.

The ad starts with a ‘boy-meets-girl’ scene that is way too typical for viewers to expect much out of it.

May 7, 2014

25-year-old Dino Dizdarević was discovered strangled in a car lot in Chester, Pennsylvania last Thursday and police are concerned that he may have met his killer through a hook up app

25-year-old Dino Dizdarević was found beaten so badly that police had to identify him using his clothes in a Pennsylvania car lot last Thursday after telling his boyfriend that he was going to meet a man from Grindr the previous night.

He had been strangled and had 'multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.'

Dizdarević and boyfriend Nick McBee were in an open relationship and when Dizdarević failed to return home on Wednesday night from his date McBee became worried, so he filed a missing person’s report the next morning.

May 2, 2014

'Today I am starting to walk a new life, with no ties, no lies, no annoyances or pain'

Saying 'the time has come,' a Uruguayan actor and model who has been reported to have been involved with Ricky Martin has come out publicly on Twitter.

Federico Díaz said in a message posted on his Twitter account that 'only God knows when and how' he came to the point of making a public announcement.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.