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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.’

February 6, 2014

Mock calmly tries to educate a defensive Morgan who feels he's been unfairly vilified by the trans community he supports

Piers Morgan and transgender author Janet Mock squared-off on Morgan's CNN show Wednesday (6 February) night - a day after an earlier interview resulted in a bitter Twitter war.

'I've spent an infuriating 24 hours and I want you to help explain why I've had to go through this,' said an aggrieved Morgan who opened up the program with a 1:35 question/statement explaining his fury.

January 3, 2014

10 LGBTI characters like a drag queen, a bear and a bisexual woman take on anti-gay politicians and religious pundits in the game available on iPhone, Android and Windows

A video game with gay, and anti-gay characters, will come to mobile phones this month.

The Ultimate Gay Fighter will debut January 2014, inserting gay characters ‘with moves that suited their specific lifestyles and interests’ into Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter-esque settings.

According to the video game creator Michael Patrick, Ultimate Gay Fighter started off as a joke between friends, but quickly became a mission to revise people’s perceptions about members of the LGBTI community.

January 2, 2014

The US Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has praised the creators of the post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us for its inclusion of a gritty non-stereotypical gay character

United States group GLAAD have named the character Bill from the PS3 game The Last of Us among its most intriguing new LGBTI characters in any medium of 2013.

GLAAD praised the inclusion of the stereotype breaking character, writing on the group’s blog, ‘There weren't many new LGBT characters to be found in mainstream video games this year, but one of 2013's most critically acclaimed featured a particularly interesting one.’

December 28, 2013

Alabama Republican state Senator Jerry Fielding wants to make a public stand for Christians who believe in biblical principles

A state senator from Alabama will introduce a motion in the legislature in support of Phil Robertson, the embattled patriarch of the reality show Duck Dynasty.

State Senator Jerry Fielding told CNN the symbolic proposal is meant to support conservative Christians who stand by 'biblical scriptures.'

December 23, 2013

The popular Mass Effect game, controversial for its third installment that allows players to engage in same-sex story lines, will continue with gay and lesbian player options in Mass Effect 4

Mass Effect gamers will continue to enjoy the ability to play gay characters.

The role play video game, headed into its fourth series installment, started giving players the option to engage their characters in same-sex romantic story lines in Mass effect 3.

Aaryn Flynn, general manager for Mass Effect’s developer BioWare, tweeted last week: ‘Great time playing the next Mass Effect game in Montreal. Ambitious. Beautiful. Fresh but recognizable. And fun!’

December 17, 2013

Parent's Committee, the Russian version of One Million Moms, claims the game forces children to act out 'homosexual seductions'

A Russian toy store is being accused of gay propaganda for selling a game promoting ‘homosexual seduction’.

Prosecutors have confirmed the toy store chain Katyusha is under investigation, and under the law could be shut down and fined one million roubles ($30,500, €22,000).

A complaint was lodged by the Parent’s Committee, which could be described as the Russian version of ultra conservative outrage US group One Million Moms.

October 1, 2013

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity

A British comedian has apologized to the transgender gamer he ‘completely dehumanised’.

Fraser Millward admitted he was dismayed by the furore created by his comments in regards to a young female trans journalist at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London.

Laura Kate Dale, a contributor for gaming site Destructoid, was at the event covering Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console.

On Twitter, Dale then said she was pulled up on stage and was called male and ‘it’.