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April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 7, 2014

New Thai HIV campaign TestBKK is targeting men who have sex with men to get more gay Thai men to know their HIV status in the capital Bangkok

Community organizations in Bangkok, Thailand have joined forces to launch the ‘TestBKK’ campaign targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to increase HIV testing in Bangkok.

Using the slogan ‘Suck. F*#k. Test. Repeat’, TestBKK will use its website www.testbkk.org, Facebook, popular websites and mobile applications used by gay men, to spread information and messages designed to encourage more gay men in Bangkok to test for HIV and to be more aware of HIV risks and the importance of using condoms.

March 29, 2014

'Stay strong and love who you are...short hair, sneakers and all'

Sunnie Kahle has a super hero in her corner.

The story of the 8-year-old asked to leave her Christian school because she prefers short hair, t-shirts, and jeans has gone viral.

Lynda Carter, star of the 1970s show Wonder Woman, linked to an article about the child on her Facebook page.

March 28, 2014

Facebook post by Dave Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi goes viral - he thinks gays 'have been in the news too much lately'

An anchorman at a television station in Biloxi, Mississippi, took to Facebook this week to suggest that the LGBTI community go on 'gaycation.'

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV wrote: 'I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But it seems like they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!'

March 27, 2014

Gay rapper Le1f has put a verbal smack-down on Lord Jamar of the Brand Nubians – telling him that he knows more about oppression than he does as a gay black man

Self-styled ‘hip hop conservative’ and rapper Lord Jamar has attacked openly gay rapper Le1f for performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in a skirt.

Jamar posted a link to a YouTube video of the performance, writing that he was ‘[a]bout to have a field day,’ over how Le1f had been dressed on the show – but it did not go unnoticed by Le1f.

March 27, 2014

He pens heartfelt Facebook post for fans and urges everyone to come out

It seems there was plenty Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn did not say in the Rolling Stone interview in which he came out publicly.

The 30-year-old performer has plenty more thoughts to share about his decision and the public reaction to the news in a Facebook post.

March 23, 2014

'Seth! Love you, dog!'

There is no hotter pretend couple than James Franco and Seth Rogen.

Late last year the two actors locked lips - and much more - in a shot-by-shot parody of the Kanye West video Bound 2, which features a sometimes topless Kim Kardashisan.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 20, 2014

Taiwan's Public Television Service has screened its first locally produced LGBTI themed comedy, the lesbian themed ‘Penguins at the North Pole,’ to higher than expected ratings

As Taiwan’s lawmakers consider whether to legalize same-sex marriage, the country’s Public Television Service has screened its first ever locally produced show with LGBTI themes to higher than expected ratings

‘Penguins at the North Pole’ is a short comedy about a mother who is desperate for her daughter to marry a successful young man but then discovers he daughter is a lesbian with a girlfriend by stalking her Facebook profile.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 12, 2014

Openly gay YouTube sensation has raised more than $183,000 - and counting - for dream project

Steve Grand had hoped to raise $81,000 on Kickstarter in order to complete his debut album.

Instead, the YouTube sensation ended up making history.

Grand announced to his fans today that their outpouring of financial support has resulted in his upcoming album becoming one of the top 10 most funded projects in Kickstarter history.

As of today, $183,500 has been raised with 17 days of the campaign remaining.

March 11, 2014

A gay Inuit Canadian man has launched a Facebook page in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians after two Inuit politicians complained about the raising of a rainbow gay pride flag

Gay Canadian and Inuit man Robbie Watt has launched a Facebook in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians in response to a number of Inuit local politicians saying it was against Inuit tradition to be gay.

The saga began when a rainbow flag was hoisted over Iqaluit City Hall in Nunavut territory on 11 February to highlight gay rights in Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

That same night one of the city’s councilors, Simon Nattaq, complained about the flag, claiming that it was ‘not Inuit custom to be gay.’

March 10, 2014

Two of the LGBTI youth charity ‘GAYTMs’ that were installed by the ANZ bank have been vandalized over the weekend by unknown persons

Two Sydney ATMs that were glammed up for Mardi Gras by the ANZ bank have been vandalized over the weekend with the camp facades that were added to the machines torn down.

The ‘GAYTMs’ were two of ten installed during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival by the ANZ bank – with withdrawal fees from non-ANZ customers from the machines during the festival to be donated to LGBTI youth support charity Twenty10.

The vandalism was spotted by Sydney drag legend Maxi Shield who posted a photo of the vandalism to Facebook.

March 4, 2014

Mexican journalist and activist Enrique Torre Molina tells us where to go for the capital city’s best eats and introduces us to the best party put on by Anal Magazine 

Don’t let the name fool you. Mexico’s Anal Magazine is an intellectual publication and has a highbrow following.

‘With a unique design, this magazine is dedicated to spread any kind of cultural expression of erotic nature or general interest to men who are not afraid to show their fascination for other men.’

February 28, 2014

An 18-year-old teenager says his confidence is gone and utterly embarrassed after the attack

A British bisexual teen has spoken out after a brutal homophobic attack in Preston..

Richard Scott Kennedy, 18,  was on his own after a night out at the Evoke nightclub on 26 February, at around 3.30am.

The theatre student said he was violently assaulted by a group because of his sexuality, with the gang stomping on his face causing his teeth to go into his gums.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 27, 2014

He tells fans: 'I am so humbled; so grateful for your outpouring of love and support'

Determined to make an album without a record label, Steve Grand turned to his fans for help.

They came through.

In just 17 hours, the goal of $85,000 was raised through Grand's Kickstarter campaign.

The total has since climbed to past $115,000.

In a Facebook message, Grand described himself as 'speechless.'

February 22, 2014

Democratic House Leader Chad Campbell says it's time for same anger towards his state as people have against Russia for anti-gay law

The Arizona House of Representatives is getting all sorts of backlash for passing a bill that would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people in the name of religion.

Shortly after the bill was passed 33-27 with all but three House Republicans voting in favor of the bill, a Tuscon restaurant called Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria let it be known the lawmakers would not be welcome to eat there.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

February 19, 2014

Berlin’s guardians of the Rainbow Flame appeal for people to show solidarity to the LGBTI protestors in Russia

One brave trans woman has stood up to Russia’s gay hate in Sochi, and it’s time to say thank you.

Vladimir Luxuria’s story has spread worldwide after she defied the Russian authorities at the Olympics and openly spoke out for LGBTI people.

February 18, 2014

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.