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April 21, 2015

The furniture giant has been criticized by gay rights groups for supporting an evangelical, family-oriented illusion show starring a pastor who has been vocal in his condemnation of LGBT people

Following our news story on the weekend about IKEA Singapore promoting a family-oriented evangelistic magic show by an anti-gay pastor, the owners of the Singapore stores have issued a statement re-iterating their backing of the show.

IKEA Singapore is supporting and promoting the Vision magic show by Lawrence Khong.

April 21, 2015

'I cannot take this pressure'

India's entrant to Mr Gay World (MGW) has withdrawn from the competition and gone into hiding after his family received threats.

Alarm bells were raised Sunday (19 April) when Thahir Mohammed Sayyed, 28, and his family could not be found at their home in Kochi and Kottayam, and all references to MGW were deleted from his Facebook page.

His nomination sparked outrage among the region's close-knit Muslim community last week when the MGW poster was released on social media.

April 20, 2015

'If someone in society is like him please don’t marry to a girl to save yourself'

An Indian doctor slashed her wrists in an apparent suicide Saturday (18 April), blaming the emotional abuse her husband subjected her to after she found out he was gay.

Priya Vedi, 31, was found lying in blood at a New Delhi hotel early the next morning.

Her husband, also a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has been arrested for abetment of suicide.

In a suicide note posted on Facebook, Priya said they had been married for five years but had not had sex until recently.

April 20, 2015

'Foreigners are fond of pets'

Photos of a Thai man holding hands with his foreign boyfriend have gone viral.

Noparuj Kaendi and Thorsten Mid were snapped on the Bangkok Sky Train during the Songkran festival, which brings thousands of gay men from around region to the city.

The photos were met with a torrent of abuse after they were uploaded on the Facebook page of Philippine news BV Patrol on Saturday (18 April) morning.

At the time of writing, the post had nearly 17,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares.

'Foreigners are fond of pets,' wrote one commenter.

April 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

April 13, 2015

The pub owners did not give a reason for closing the long-serving venue

A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning. 

The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.

In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building's first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn. 

April 9, 2015

He also claimed gay sex results in '72% of HIV cases'

An Irish university is investigating after one of its researchers has described homosexuality as a 'bizarre fetish' similar to pedophilia.

Dr Mark Gilfillan used his Facebook account to claim homosexuality 'results in 72% of new cases of HIV' despite being under '2% of the population at large'.

A research associate in Irish Jewish History at Ulster University, he made the comments during a public Facebook debate over Ashers Bakery - the Christian-run business that refused to bake a cake for a pro-gay campaign.

April 8, 2015

He attempted to seduce a young straight man over Facebook

When an Italian priest asked a man to be his Judas in his sexual fantasy, this is probably not what he had in mind.

Around six months ago, an unnamed labourer claims he was having a difficult time after losing his job and had been posting about his troubles on Facebook.

The 32-year-old, from Rovigo in north-east Italy, said when he was contacted by a Taranto priest he thought that it could be a divine signal.

'I thought it could have been a sign from heaven, I needed spiritual help,' he told Corriere della Sera.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 3, 2015

'I can only hope that (the government) will do the right thing for the people of our state'

Singer John Mellencamp doesn't plan to join others in the boycott of Indiana over the signing of its 'religious freedom' law.

But he 'thought seriously' of canceling some upcoming shows.

The life-long resident of the state states in a Facebook post that he has a 'heavy heart' over legislation that opens the door for private businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians for religious reasons.

April 2, 2015

Show follow George and Brad Takei as they navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life

At 77 years young, George Takei remains cutting edge.

Takei took to Facebook on Thursday (2 April) to share with his 8.4 million followers that he and his husband, Brad Takei, have a new comedy web series about to debut.

It's cleverly titled It Takeis Two and the Star Trek icon writes that 'it follows our lives as we navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life.'

A preview of the show, which premieres on 7 April, has animated opening credits harkening back to such classics 1960s sitcoms as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

Film's subject and producer Shane Bitney Crone invited group of 'prayer warriors' in for Q&A

Shane Bitney Crone has been through a lot in his young life.

The love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, died after accidentally falling from a rooftop during a photo shoot. Despite their having been together for six years, Bridegroom's family did not invite Crone to the funeral and tried to erase any evidence that their son was gay.

But the evidence is for the world to see in the acclaimed documentary Bridegroom which Crone brought this week to the University of Texas at Tyler for a screening.

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

March 25, 2015

'We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!'

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: 'Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 23, 2015

Picture was widely shared on social media, with many applauding the furniture giant

IKEA has confirmed the picture of a rainbow pillow case PUTIN is a fake.

Over the weekend, the photo was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook as the epitome of the Swedish home improvement company's beliefs in equality for LGBTI people.

The rainbow pillow cases were reportedly found in a Stockholm branch, possibly a thinly veiled message after IKEA was forced to close its online magazine over Russia's gay propaganda laws.

March 23, 2015

Picture was widely shared on social media, with many applauding the furniture giant

IKEA has confirmed the picture of a rainbow pillow case PUTIN is a fake.

Over the weekend, the photo was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook as the epitome of the Swedish home improvement company's beliefs in equality for LGBTI people.

The rainbow pillow cases were reportedly found in a Stockholm branch, possibly a thinly veiled message after IKEA was forced to close its online magazine over Russia's gay propaganda laws.

March 21, 2015

Gay teen's parents join fight to change uniform policy at a Missouri school after classmates start freedom of expression campaign

When honor student Morgan Ball arrived at Lee's Summit North High School, Missouri, in makeup, corset and a beaded shrug, some fellow students and staff members accused him of being 'distracting'.

After being asked to remove the items twice, the 17-year-old returned home on Tuesday upset and embarrassed - prompting his parents and classmates to take action in the hope of changing the school's uniform policy to allow for freedom of expression.

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.