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June 29, 2015

Another one has been kicked off Facebook for using an 'incorrect name', Jane Fae questions how far this can go

Three cheers for journalist and radical enfant terrible Laurie Penny! For her temporary – and unintended – dismissal from Facebook for failing to use a name acceptable to the powers that be has thrown much-needed light on a dangerous and distressing approach to individual identity.

June 29, 2015

The politician, who is behind Russia's 'gay propaganda' law, says the rainbow filter is in 'crude violation' of Russian legislation as the social media site is accessible by minors

Vitaly Milonov, who is a co-creator of Russia's controversial 'gay propaganda' law has reportedly called for the shutdown of Facebook over its tool which allows users to add a transparent filter in the colors of the LGBT rainbow flag over their profile photos.

The social network introduced the function to allow users to show their support for the US Supreme Court's decision last Friday to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.

June 26, 2015

In keeping with this year’s theme, technology giant Fujitsu is honoring Turing as its Pride hero

For the first time, staff members of the Japanese information and technology company, Fujitsu, will be representing their company at this year’s Pride in London festival.

The theme for this year’s parade is #PrideHeroes, and when it came to choosing their own hero, the choice was not a hard one; they opted for Alan Turing, the persecuted British genius who’s ground-breaking work in the 1940s paved the way for modern computing.

To help celebrate his memory, they have invited members of Turing’s family to walk on the parade with them.

June 26, 2015

In keeping with this year’s theme, technology giant Fujitsu is honoring Turing as its Pride hero

For the first time, staff members of the Japanese information and technology company, Fujitsu, will be representing their company at this year’s Pride in London festival.

The theme for this year’s parade is #PrideHeroes, and when it came to choosing their own hero, the choice was not a hard one; they opted for Alan Turing, the persecuted British genius who’s ground-breaking work in the 1940s paved the way for modern computing.

To help celebrate his memory, they have invited members of Turing’s family to walk on the parade with them.

June 26, 2015

Image celebrates Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling - gets mixed reaction

If you check out The White House Facebook and Twitter accounts today, you'll see that the house is not so white.

Shortly after the US Supreme Court handed down its ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal in every state, The White House social media photo was changed to reflect the colors of the LGBTI rainbow.

The change in photos had nearly 500,000 'likes' as of Friday afternoon and had been shared more than 150,000 times.

June 25, 2015

Amazon's show about a trans woman and her family has won numerous awards

Transparant was renewed for a third season even before the second season has aired, it was revealed today (25 June).

Amazon's award-winning dramedy, about a trans parent coming out to her family, will air its second season this year with a third to follow in 2016.

Jill Solloway, the series creator, has also inked an overall deal to develop TV projects with the streaming platform.

June 23, 2015

The supermarket chain has rebranded its logos, hosted a gay choir in-store and is providing packed lunch for Pride volunteers

UK supermarket giant Tesco is very visibly throwing its support behind Pride in London this week.

London Tesco stores along the parade route have this week started selling Pride T-shirts. The T-shirts cost £6, with £1 being donated to London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

The company will also be supplying 700 Pride volunteers with a free lunch bag for the Pride in London parade on Saturday.

June 22, 2015

It’s part of the tech giant’s wide #AndProud campaign

To coincide with Pride season, Google have launched a new campaign entitled #AndProud.

The tech giant is aiming to run an ‘online Pride parade’ this weekend (27-28 June), and is inviting service users to create digital characters with its Androidify service to take part in the parade.

Celebrities who have mentioned the #AndProud campaign on their social media include Tom Daley, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue and Ian McKellen. Perhaps surprisingly, also included in the promotional video is Jessie J.

June 19, 2015

Actress says she is 'so excited' by gender fluidity

Susan Sarandon has said she is proud her son – 23-year-old son Miles Robbins – 'colors outside the lines' when it comes to gender roles.

'My son Miles is a musician and a DJ and sometimes when his band performs they all wear dresses, and he has long hair,' she told People magazine at The Trevor Project's annual fundraiser on Monday (15 June).

'I think the more crayons you have in your box to colour outside the lines, the more exciting it is.'

June 19, 2015

British vicar made the shocking comments about York Minster's intentions

A vicar in England has made shocking comments about gay rights after a fellow priest announced he would bless Pride.

Reverend Melvin Tinker, vicar of St John Newland in the northern city of Hull, discussed his outrage with a local radio station. He condemned the decision by Cannon Michael Smith of York Minster, a historic cathedral in the county, to give a public blessing to the LGBTI festival.

Smith has also announced the cathedral will display a 50m rainbow flag at the festival this weekend (20 June).

June 18, 2015

Olympian tweets that OITNB star is 'fierce and fabulous'

Current Vanity Fair cover subject Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter on Wednesday (17 June) to reach out to past Time magazine cover subject Laverne Cox.

June 16, 2015

Whoever operates the American Airlines Twitter account was in an unapologetic mood with a Twitter user who questioned the firm’s use of a rainbow logo for Pride month

American Airlines is just one of the companies that has taken a public stance in support of LGBTI Pride Month in the US – even if its stance has not been welcomed by all its customers.

At the beginning of the month, it changed its logo to feature a rainbow background, and included the new logo on all its social media accounts.

June 16, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful said he should have pretended to be trans in high school so he could shower with girls

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee may claim to have no regrets for transphobic remarks he made earlier this year but a Jewish group in Canada has a big problem with them.

Huckabee, who is seeking the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, was scheduled to appear at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund of Canada in Ottawa on 15 October.

June 11, 2015

The Black Cap is set to reopen its doors for a cabaret night full of 'danger, excitement and inebriation'

A popular gay tavern in London's Camden Town currently occupied by squatters will open its doors once again on Saturday (13 June).

The Black Cap made headlines last week after a group of squatters occupied the building, weeks after its shock closure; last Saturday they reportedly opened it to protestors gathering outside for a vigil.

Now they are set to bring back the drag venue by hosting a party described as 'unofficial, unsanctioned and unapproved by anyone, but accessible to anyone'.

June 9, 2015

Is the Walking with Elephants DJ’s career over?

Walking with Elephants star DJ Ten Walls has been ditched by festivals after going on an anti-gay rant on Facebook.

The DJ has apologized but has had his performances cancelled at Sonar, Creamfields, Pitch and Urban Art Forms.

Ten Walls, real name Marijus Adomaitis, who is one of Lithuania’s biggest music exports, has now decided to ‘take a break’.

Gay Star News reported on the original Facebook post last week.

June 7, 2015

On 3 June, the 28-year-old victim was on a subway platform, awaiting a southbound 6 train, before being pushed on the tracks.

A suspect is being held for the 3 June attack of a transgender woman on a New York City subway platform.

According to BuzzFeed News, a 32-year-old homeless man was taken into custody last Thursday (4 June). No charges have yet been filed.

June 4, 2015

Lawyer says comments are 'equitable with similarly inhuman statements made 1933 – 1945'

A German minister could be facing prosecution over her comments comparing gay marriage to incest and polygamy.

In an interview with German newspaper Saarbrücker Zeitung, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, minister president of the federal state of Saarland, said allowing same-sex couples to marry would open the door for ‘marriage between close relatives or between more than two people’.

June 4, 2015

Anthony Interrante had to raise funds for 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride while stationed in Afghanistan

When this year's AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles kicked off last Sunday, U.S. Air Force Captain Anthony Interrante was among the riders.

He is pedaling 545-mile to raise money to fight HIV. Interrante managed to amass nearly $60,000 in pledges while working as a critical-care flight nurse stationed in Afghanistan.

How did the openly gay military man do it?

With the help of Grindr and Scruff which, it turns out, can be used for more than hooking up.

June 1, 2015

The openly gay CEO of Apple follows up a generous contribution he made to Human Rights Campaign last year with a donation to an undisclosed charity

Apple boss Tim Cook has donated $6.56million (€6million) to an undisclosed charity.

The donation – which took the form of 50,000 Apple shares – came to light on Friday in an SEC (Securities and Exchange) filing.

The donation was executed on Thursday. Cook is obliged to disclose the movement of any shares that he owns but does not have to have to report the recipient’s details, although the filing states that the transaction was a ‘charitable donation’.

June 1, 2015

Previous record had been held by President Obama

Caitlyn Jenner joined Twitter on Monday and set a record by reaching 1 million followers in just four hours.

Jenner broke the record set by President Barack Obama who recently launched the @POTUS handle and reached one million followers in under five hours.

The launch of the verified account @Caitlyn_Jenner coincided with the unveiling of the Vanity Fair magazine cover featuring the former Bruce Jenner as a woman for the first time.

May 30, 2015

Canadian high school banned from including a 'It Gets Better'-esque message in his yearbook profile.

A high school student in Ontario, Canada, was banned from including a gay-positive message in his yearbook.

The student, 17-year-old Blair Gaboury of St. Catherines, Ontario, wanted to include the message: 'It’s brighter outside of the closet,' but his message was initially banned for being 'controversial'.

Writing on Twitter, Gaboury claims the school administration told him the message was 'unacceptable and controversial'.

May 29, 2015

Modern Vietnamese street food

Keu Vietnames deli on London's Old Street is the ideal place for a quick lunch or a bite to eat on your way home from work.

The Banh Mi rolls are always popular, but I tend to opt for the rice bowls – the braised beef with lemongrass is my favorite.

Fresh, modern, tasty. What else would you expect from a good Vietnamese restaurant in London?

May 28, 2015

Great coffee. Great sandwiches. Great neighborhood.

Guarding the southern end of London's Bermondsey Street you will find Watch House Coffee – occupying a small, old building that seems to have been the gate-house to the surrounding cemetery.

They do good coffee and great sandwiches. They're not made on-site, so if you get there too late at lunchtime then all the good ones will have gone.

My favorite is the chorizo and manchego. Tasty.

May 25, 2015

Live like a local in the neighborhood of Republique

Each year in Paris the Federation Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne hosts the Tournoi International de Paris. This is a massive multi-sports tournament that brings together LGBTI sportspeople and participants from across Europe and beyond.