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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.

September 13, 2014

The viral video ‘How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay’ has reached six million views on YouTube, and a group of LGBT YouTubers have filmed their reactions to the infamously horrific video

No doubt you would have watched, or at least heard about, the video which has gotten all of the LGBT community talking.

Late last month, a video posted on YouTube entitled ‘How not to react when your son tells you that he’s gay’ went viral on the internet after being posted by Daniel Ashley-Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia.

September 8, 2014

Authorities in homophobic countries have been using the app to hunt gay men

Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men.

The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list.

Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific location, Grindr is taking measures and will be releasing updates to keep users secure in territories with anti-gay legislation.'

September 6, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.

September 5, 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 for four years each.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both 26 from Gloucester in South West England, were charged with two counts of blackmail.

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

The victim had saved the money and drew it out from the bank to give to the men after they stayed all night in his home to ensure he paid up.

September 2, 2014

Gay celebrity blogger has apologized after posting the leaked photos onto his website

Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being accused of being a 'sex offender' after posting leaked naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

The gossip writer published the nude images, believed to have been stolen or hacked from the Oscar-winning actress' iCloud, on his site shortly after they surfaced online.

Numerous people on social media called him out for publishing the private images, with some calling him a 'sex offender', 'a rapist' and a 'desperate faggot' for his decision. None of these accusations are true.

September 1, 2014

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will erode your trust in the rest of society

We all know that compulsively checking Facebook everyday may not be the healthiest thing in the world, but it turns out it may be doing more damage than we thought.

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will threaten your well-being by eroding your trust in the rest of society.

August 21, 2014

A same-sex family in Massachusetts are in the running for a $50,000 scholarship prize and dream vacation

Here at GSN, we love to hear stories about happy same-sex families.

International dating site match.com is currently running a scholarship competition, with a $50,000 scholarship prize on offer to any kid who has a parent that either met or remarried through the site.

Students aged between 13-20 were invited to submit a 1-2 minute video that captured their parents’ love story in a creative way. From the many entries submitted, Match.com selected five finalists – and one is from the daughter of a same-sex couple.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

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.