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March 24, 2015

'Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom'

A wife has turned to parenting forum Mumsnet after she found her husband on Grindr.

In a post titled 'My husband is on grindr. I need some hugs and advice,' bonniescot123 said she recognized her husband, who she referred to as DH, because his profile picture was taken in their bathroom.

'Hands shaking. Today I found my DH on Grindr. Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom,' she wrote.

March 23, 2015

Picture was widely shared on social media, with many applauding the furniture giant

IKEA has confirmed the picture of a rainbow pillow case PUTIN is a fake.

Over the weekend, the photo was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook as the epitome of the Swedish home improvement company's beliefs in equality for LGBTI people.

The rainbow pillow cases were reportedly found in a Stockholm branch, possibly a thinly veiled message after IKEA was forced to close its online magazine over Russia's gay propaganda laws.

March 20, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.

March 18, 2015

Aimed at ‘the complete lesbian community’, women’s app Dattch has rebranded itself Her – and secured funding from the founders of Bebo and Reddit

The women’s dating app Dattch, launched by London entrepreneur Robyn Exton, has announced that it has rebranded itself under a new name, Her, and secured $1million in seed funding.

It’s believed that the branding change came about after both users and potential investors expressed confusion over the meaning of the previous name.

Exton, who formerly worked for a brand strategy agency in London, taught herself coding in her spare time before launching Dattch in September 2013.

March 17, 2015

Max Irons: 'I remember thinking, "You don't know what you're talking about, you're thinking about a problem out loud"'

As the cover subject of the latest issue of Out Magazine, Max Irons did not attempt to defend controversial comments previously made by his father about gay marriage.

Oscar winner Jeremy Irons told HuffPost Live in 2013, threw out a provocative question: 'Could a father not marry his son?'

When host Josh Zepps reminded the actor about incest laws, the elder Irons said that 'it's not incest between men' because 'incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed.'

March 14, 2015

The men and women who are shaping our world and shaping our future

They come from all walks of life and all sorts of professions.

They could be anywhere in the world.

They are the men and women who have a passion, a drive, a purpose.

They may be fighting for change or just quietly doing something quite amazing. 

Our Power Gays series profiles the the people who are making a difference.

March 13, 2015

Actress's gay nephew is a former student

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has slammed a former teacher of her gay nephew who published an homophobic rant on Facebook.

Patricia Jannuzzi, a teacher Immaculata High School in New Jersey, said the 'gay agenda' wanted to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction.'

'We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!' she wrote.

The theology teacher made the comments in reponse to Dan Savage's invitation to Ben Carson to 'suck my dick,' to prove that being gay is a choice.

March 12, 2015

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime

A lesbian woman is 'appalled' and 'upset' by the anti-gay response she received from a restaurant she reviewed negatively online.

Jeannie, who only wanted to be identified by her first name due to her job, visited Your Gourmet Burger in Hull, England with her ex-partner and daughter on 10 January.

The social worker said that she sent her food back because it was raw and suggested the chef, who 'had long greasy hair,' be provided with a hair net. She later left a one-star review on the restaurant's Facebook page.

March 11, 2015

Former team joined a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage

A former footbal player has said NFL support for gay marriage is the work of Satan.

Craig James made the claim on a Family Research Council radio show while discussing the decision of several sports teams to join a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The former New England Patriots running back warned that the brief could cause an 'implosion' in locker rooms.

'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,' he said.

March 10, 2015

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights?'

A British expat took on the mayor of Seoul last Friday (6 March) over rights for gay couples.

It was a bold move by Simon Hunter-Williams in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights please?' he asked.

'I also fell in love with a Korean like many people. The only difficulty is the person I fell in love with is a man.'

March 9, 2015

'So grateful to all of you for making my dream come true'

When it comes to his music, Steve Grand insists on doing things his way.

His self-financed video All-American Boy got 1 million views in eight days back in the summer of 2013.

That led to a stupendously successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $326,593 and allowed him to record his debut album without a record company.

That album, All-American Boy, comes out 24 March.

On Monday (9 March), Grand took to social media to post the first photo of him with his dream project.

March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

March 6, 2015

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

March 6, 2015

'I appreciate that he spoke his truth'

Billy Bean has responded to a New York Mets player who said he '100% disagreed with his gay lifestyle.'

Second baseman Daniel Murphy made the comment while the retired baseball player visited a Mets training session in Florida.

'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him,' he told NJ.com

March 6, 2015

Alex Au apologizes but says he will appeal

A Singaporean blogger Wednesday (4 March) was fined S$8,000 ($5,843) over a post critical of the city's anti-gay law.

Alex Au, 62, was found guilty of 'scandalizing contempt' in January for insinuating that the dates for two constitutional challenges to Singapore’s gay sex ban were rigged so that the then attorney-general could hear the cases.

March 6, 2015

Gay Star News brings you the research, the debates, and the opinions on why sexuality matters.

Human sexuality is much discussed and debated but we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of why we are gay and what that means for us in the wider world.

Here is a round-up of some of our most recent reports on this fascinating and important subject.

Business & Workplace

March 5, 2015

Star Trek icon launches campaign to make a statement

The Alabama Supreme Court has incurred the wrath of Sulu.

Star Trek icon George Takei has launched a social media campaign to give the finger to court after it voted this week to halt same-sex marriages in the state. This despite the US Supreme Court declining to issue a stay that would have stopped the marriages from taking place.

Takei posed with husband Brad in a photo that has them flipping their wedding ring finger for the camera.

March 4, 2015

Asks gay bros for advice

Finding a daddy on Grindr is nothing unusual, but that man is not usually your biological father.

Such was the case for teen Reddit user stilldecidinginbetween when he turned to the gay bros community for advice.

'Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car,' he wrote.

March 3, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

March 3, 2015

23-year-old persuaded users of the app to meet in person and smoke ice

A Sydney man who robbed men he met on Grindr has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Corey Draper, 23, persuaded two men on the hook-up app to meet in person and smoke ice, then robbed them at knifepoint.

The first incident occured on 9 February 2014 at 1:30am.

Draper met a 28-year-old man, who gave him $200 for ice. He then robbed him of further $270 and a mobile phone. Draper told his victim he was a member of a gang and would kill him if he reported him to police.

March 3, 2015

You could save money and get better cover

Always WhatsApping, texting, browsing or emailing? Addicted to Grindr or Findr? Have to own the latest phone, tablet and laptop?

Chances are, if you are LGBTI, you spend more time on digital devices than others and have the latest tech in your pocket or bag.

You take it for granted, until something goes wrong. Accidents happen, devices falter, and – sadly – thieves strike.

With the price of gadgets ever rising, insurance to cover your tech is becoming essential.

March 2, 2015

Police entrap the alleged transsexuals on social media

Egyptian police Thursday (26 February) arrested seven young people for 'debauchery,' a charge routinely used to harass gay men.

The seven detainees were identified as 'transsexuals' by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba.

Major General Magdy Moussa of the morality police said the seven 'perverts' had formed a 'network for practicing debauchery' on social media.

He said police made fake webpages to entrap them and had proof they published naked photos.