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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 7, 2015

Time Magazine releases list that also includes President Obama,  Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Swift

The LGBTI community is represented on Time Magazine's newly-released  '30 Most Influential People on the Internet' list by transgender activist Janet Mock and YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

They are part of a list that includes such heavy-hitters as President Barack Obama, singers Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 1, 2015

‘Towel mom’ throws an obstruction in front of the TV to protect her son from nudity. Her son is aged 22.

When Reddit user DantesInfernape took a photo of his mother on Sunday night and posted it on Reddit, he probably had no idea that he was going to turn her into an internet star.

The photograph showed his mom holding towel over a TV screen; the reason for behavior was explained in the caption.

'There were boobs on-screen, so my mother took action. I am a 22 year old gay man.'

November 24, 2014

Ass Hunter lets players shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you

Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.

Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).

The game description reads, 'Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!

'Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.

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 15, 2014

A North Carolina school allegedly canceled a production because two male characters say they love each other

Students are taking a stand after a high school cancelled a play over its 'gay content'.

The pupils of Maiden High School, North Carolina were hoping to put on Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani.

The play comprises nine, short stories that explore love and loss, with one including a gay couple.

Students have alleged that some parents and churches complained to the school, forcing it to be shut down.

September 10, 2014

The computer game does not allow characters to be named 'gay' or 'queer'

The makers of The Sims 4 have said they will release a fix for a filter that prevents players naming their characters 'gay' or 'queer.'

Gamers complained they could not name or describe their Sims with the words 'gay,' 'queer,' or 'homosexual.' Doing so brings up an error message saying the character 'contains a forbidden word.'

The words 'straight' and 'heterosexual' do not elicit the same response.

August 28, 2014

This family will not listen as they kick their 20-year-old son out, hit him, and disown him

Daniel is 20. Brought up in a hyper religious household, he knew the day was coming when his parents would kick him out.

On Reddit, user rythymknight posted a video on the sub-reddit GayBros of the day in question.

'You have made a choice, independent of what you've told your daddy,' Daniel's mother is heard saying.

'You can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God. And God creates nobody that way, it is a path that you have chosen.'

August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

August 15, 2014

Giving someone your username to a social news website might not be the best idea if you're closeted, but thankfully it didn't end badly...

A man has just found out his brother is gay on Reddit.

While that may have been an uncomfortable situation, it thankfully wasn’t.

Reddit user thecly had provided his brother with his username so he could see a discussion he was engaged in on the site.

But he forgot he had also posted in the ‘gaybros’ subreddit, talking about his sexuality.

His brother texted him to say:

August 11, 2014

'Hi, British here, why do you guys hate cigarettes so much?'

The Westboro Baptist Church are known for taking popular culture that people like, from Panic! At The Disco to Lady Gaga, and making it horrific.

And so when they sat down to Reddit, which was founded by bisexual hacktivist Aaron Swartz, they expected to do the same.

But when you ask the internet to ask you anything, you better be prepared.

Before the AMA, they announced they would picket Reddit headquarters in San Francisco tomorrow (12 August).

July 23, 2014

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community have held a gay pride parade online in Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn to celebrate marriage equality coming to the game’s fictional world of Eorzea

In what must be a first for Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming, players in Final Fantasy XVI have held an LGBTI Pixel Pride March.

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community dressed their characters in the colors of the gay pride flag and marched in color formations through the virtual world of Eorzea on 19 July.

The event was held to celebrate the June announcement that players will be able to have same-sex relationships and marry characters of the same-sex in the reboot of the game Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn.

July 18, 2014

Atari has announced it will release video game Pridefest in which players will design and run an LGBTI pride parade, designing floats and unlocking resources to make the event bigger and more successful as they play

Gamers will be able to simulate organizing an LGBTI pride parade via a newly announced game by Atari.

Pridefest will be the first ever LGBTI themed game by the company and Atari hope it will be a hit with 'gaymers.'

‘We are excited to be developing Atari's first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause,’ Atari Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallbetter said in announcing the game.

July 11, 2014

One proud mother of a pansexual teenage girl was attacked on social media, but her daughter was quick to leap to her defense

A proud 15-year-old girl defended her mom against social media bullies who criticized the mother’s open support of her daughter’s sexuality.

The mother posted an Instagram photo that said she was proud of her pansexual daughter, and was immediately targeted by a Bible-quoting Instagram user ministerkevinwellsgospel2.

More often than not, we may hear stories of vigilant parents supporting their LGBTI children and having to defend them against ignorance or criticism.

June 30, 2014

EA has included same-sex relationships in the series ever since the first game in 2000

Computer game giant The Sims has come out in support of Gay Pride Month.

With a post on its official Twitter account, the game’s team shared an image depicting the range of relationships available in the title, including same-sex marriage.

‘Be proud in The Sims 4,’ the message said.

EA has included same-sex relationships in the series ever since the first game in 2000.

In The Sims 3, published in 2009, it allowed all adult characters to enter relationships and marriages of any kind.

June 27, 2014

Actor seemed 'unhinged' and was reportedly disruptive and smoking during a performance in New York City

Shia LaBeouf reportedly used a homophobic slur when he was arrested during a performance of Cabaret last night (26 June).

The actor was reportedly disruptive and smoking during the first act of the performance at the Studio 54 theater in New York City.

According to police, LaBeouf was ‘ranting and rambling incoherently, threatening the officers and using offensive language’.

June 25, 2014

Fiance and Survivor castmate Colton Cumbie tweets: 'I wish it was me'

Caleb Bankston, a contestant last year on the CBS reality competition Survivor, was killed Tuesday in a train derailment in Alabama.

Blankston, 26, worked as a conductor on Brimingham’s Alabama Warrior Railway.

He appeared last year in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the show's 27th season. He finished the game in ninth place. His fiancé, Colton Cumbie, also competed but dropped out early on.

A grief-stricken Cumbie tweeted: 'I wish it was me.'

June 11, 2014

The 14th installment of the popular Japanese Final Fantasy series of video games will finally allow players to marry characters of the same-sex with an upcoming software patch

Same-sex marriage will finally come to the fictional world of Eorzea after Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced a new software patch for the game at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The new software patch will update the game, which received negative reviews when it was first released in September of 2010, and its developers have relaunched it several times since then to improve gameplay.

May 8, 2014

Game company is being accused of homophobia after it was revealed a new life simulation game would not include same-sex relationships or gay marriage

Nintendo has said it will not allow gay characters in new life-simulation game Tomodachi Life.

A gay fan launched a social media campaign urging the game company to allow same-sex relationships, so it is true to real life.

But in an attempt to explain why, Nintendo said ‘it never intended to make any form of social commentary’.

Tye Marini, a 23-year-old gamer from Arizona, launched a campaign urging Nintendo to allow gay couples in the game.

April 22, 2014

The creator of new street fighter style video game Fist of Awesome has revealed he always intended the game’s protagonist Tim Burr to be a gay member of the bear community

The new main character of retro-style video game Fist of Awesome was always intended to be gay and a member of the bear community, its creator has revealed.

In Fist of Awesome you play Tim Burr – a bearded flannel shirt wearing lumberjack who travels through time fighting bears of the animal variety but game developer Nicoll Hunt told Pocket Gamer that he had always intended Tim to be a bear of the gay variety.

‘When I started making Fist of Awesome I always intended for the main character, Tim Burr, to be gay,’ Hunt said.

April 21, 2014

Was TV personality was mocking gay coming out process by tweeting: 'I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Pat Sajak, who has been presenting contestants with puzzles on TV's Wheel of Fortune since the early 80s, has posted a puzzling tweet on his Twitter page.

The game show host tweeted: 'Damn the career consequences! I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Sajak, 67, did not follow up with any kind of explanation but the timing of the tweet comes at a time when an increasing number of people in entertainment and sports are getting a lot of attention for coming out publicly.

The tweet has gotten plenty of reaction from followers including some who were not amused.

February 11, 2014

In revenge for CNN describing a Belarus statue as 'ugly', a state television broadcaster has taken his revenge at the Iwo Jima memorial

A Russian news anchor has accused a famous US army memorial to be a tribute to gay sex.

Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor on Rossiya state television, has struck back against a CNN article that described a Belarus war monument to be ‘ugly’.

The worldwide news organization posted an article intended to be amusing looking at architecture around the globe.

It described the Soviet soldier ‘emerging from a mountainous block of concrete looks as if he’s about to thump the West into submission before hurling North America at the sun.’