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October 30, 2014

Orange is definitely not the only fruit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come out as gay.

'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,' he writes in a personal essay in Bloomberg Businessweek.

'I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.'

The head of Apple, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, has never denied being gay and to an extent it has been considered to be public knowledge

But until today, Cook has also never confirmed his sexuality.

October 30, 2014

Vitaly Milonov: 'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there'

Tim Cook has received widespread support after coming out publicly but his action has at least one public official in Russia calling for the Apple CEO to be banned from his country.

'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,' Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St. Petersburg City Council told the FlashNord website.

Milonov added: 'Ban him for life.'

October 28, 2014

Trans activists say the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services

NHS Scotland has accidentally outed over 80 transgender patients, in a major data breach in what is being described as 'serious and potentially life-threatening'.

Leeze Lawrence, a transgender journalist, says the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services.

She believes it could have been caused in part of the 'arrogance' on the part of NHS managers who regard patient data as something they are entitled to use for commercial purposes rather than information they should be protecting at all costs.

October 27, 2014

Will the UK be forced to pay out or be forced to remove filters if they are found to be defying the Equality Act 2010?

Companies that buy in internet filters that ban LGBTI content could be in for a nasty – and expensive – shock.

Trans activist Helen Belcher is considering legal action against firms involved in blocking her website, and are failing to explain why they did so.

Belcher discovered the block when her son, who attends Reading College, a part of the Activiate Learning group, told her he was unable to access her business websites Aurum Solutions Ltd and Calcul-8 through the Wi-Fi or wired connections.

October 27, 2014

Helen Belcher, trans activist, is considering legal action against firms that filter out LGBTI content

At the end of 2013, internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK bowed to government pressure and agreed to introduce default filtering.

Immediately there were reports that a number of LGBT sites were being blocked. With this in mind, Julian Huppert MP convened a meeting in Parliament in January 2014 to discuss issues around internet filtering.

October 24, 2014

Dangdang is the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce company has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral.

The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing on Tuesday uploaded the advert to his Weibo account - the Chinese version of Twitter - anyway, making Dangdang the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love.’

The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers:

October 10, 2014

Green Party co-leader said Craig Colin thought 'a gay man's place is in the closet'

The leader of the New Zealand Conservative Party, Colin Craig, has dropped a defamation suit over comments a Green Party co-leader made about his stance on gay men and women.

Russel Norman told 15,000 LGBT people in Ferbruary at the Big Gay Out fair in Auckland that Craig thought 'a woman's place is in the kitchen and'a gay man's place is the closet.'

Craig is a vocal opponent of gay adoption and same-sex marriage which he called 'a failure of democracy.'

Craig filed a suit against Norman in March seeking a retraction.

October 8, 2014

The Courier Mail says it did not intend to diminish Mayang Prasetyo's murder by labeling her a 'ladyboy'

An Australian newspaper that drew sharp criticism for its sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder has said it did not intend to diminish the value of her life - but stopped short of a full apology.

News Corp's Courier Mail labeled Mayang Prasetyo as a 'she-male' on its front page next to a picture of the victim in a bikini.

October 7, 2014

Talk show host gets mock vp to recite such names as Angela Mansbury, Lucille Balls, Tess Tosterone and Wilma Fingerdoo

Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her daytime talk show on Tuesday (7 October) that she had asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to appear in order to make an apology.

The apology was for the social media giant's 'Real Names' policy which had the drag community in an uproar before it was reversed last week.

Drag queens and others can now continue to use their professional names on their Facebook pages.

October 2, 2014

Gay MP Chris Bryant has called for David Cameron to sack Matt Hancock for the 'vile tweet'

A Tory minister has chosen a somewhat odd way of celebrating National Poetry Day, by sharing a poem branding Labour as a party 'full of queers'.

Matt Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk and junior minister for skills and further education, retweeted a five-line verse on his Twitter account to his 17,300 followers.

It read: 'The party run by young Ed/is quietly going quite dead/bereft of ideas/quite full of queers/no wonder the faithful have fled.'

September 27, 2014

The recent row over Facebook’s name change policy has angered many LGBTI users, some of whom have now opted to sign up for an Ello account, prompting a surge in popularity of the social network

A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy.

Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community.

September 25, 2014

Earlier today, 25 September, Knott posted a bond of $50,000 (€39,000)

Kathryn Knott, one of the three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, has been suspended from her hospital job.

According to a statement the Abington Health system sent to Philadelphia magazine, the 24-year-old was employed at Lansdale Hospital  since 2011 May.

September 24, 2014

Kathryn Knott, 24, had posted homophobic messages on Twitter

The three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia surrendered to authorities on Wednesday (24 September) and it turns out one of the them is the daughter of a local police chief.

Kathryn Knott, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy along with Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26.

September 23, 2014

Two moms from Dorset say they are ‘delighted and amazed’ to have scooped a top award for blogging about their family life together

A British lesbian couple from Dorset have won an award for their same-sex parenting blog.

Kirsty and Clara Taylor-Gallop, aged 32 and 26 respectively, started their ‘MyTwoMums.com’ blog in 2012, posting blogs, videos and photos of their family life together.

September 22, 2014

Hashtag #stopjailinggays to be used Wednesday and Thursday

Egyptian activists are hoping to have the hashtag #stopjailinggays take over social media this week.

Wednesday (24 September) and Thursday (25 September) are the days selected for a tweeting and blogging campaign to protest repression of LGBTI people in their country.

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

September 22, 2014

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people

Eight men who were arrested in Egypt for appearing in a 'gay marriage' video will face trial for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said today (22 September).

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

Gay people are normally punished for 'fujur', the law banning sexual excess or debauchery. Courts interpret this to mean homosexuality.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 19, 2014

Scotland has voted no to becoming an independent country, with a vote of 55% no and 45% yes

When it comes to getting accurate results on matters of national importance, it turns out you don't need teams of researchers or an equal representation of the population.

It turns out you just need Grindr.

In the weeks leading up to the final vote on Scottish independence yesterday (18 September), a Tumblr user took his own survey on the gay dating app.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Here were just a few of the responses:

September 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

September 17, 2014

An anonymous Twitter user may have identified the suspects through social media

September 16, 2014

Symantec, the software firm behind Norton AntiVirus, routinely allowed customers to filter out LGBTI websites

One of the biggest web filtering services in the world has announced they are scrapping a system that allows homophobes to block access to 'gay and lesbian' content.

Symantec, the online security firm behind Norton AntiVirus, has routinely been filtering out LGBTI websites offering news, charity and support as they consider them to be essentially the same thing as child porn.

The fourth-largest software company in the world, they say the 'lifestyle-sexual orientation' category will now be steadily removed from its databases.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.