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September 29, 2014

The men were arrested in a raid on an apartment they rented out as a place for gay sex

An Egyptian court has sentenced six allegedly gay men to two years in jail with labor on charges of 'committing debauchery.'

Ahram Online reported on Thursday that the men were arrested in a raid on an apartment and two of them were caught 'red-handed.'

The court said the men were advertising their apartment as a place for gay sex on Facebook for $200 a night.

The men were also fined LE200 each ($30). One of them was a Moroccan national.

September 27, 2014

The recent row over Facebook’s name change policy has angered many LGBTI users, some of whom have now opted to sign up for an Ello account, prompting a surge in popularity of the social network

A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy.

Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community.

September 27, 2014

The recent row over Facebook’s name change policy has angered many LGBTI users, some of whom have now opted to sign up for an Ello account, prompting a surge in popularity of the social network

A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy.

Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community.

September 26, 2014

Young politician was campaigning in the streets of Macapá when he was hit on the side of his head by a large stone

A 25-year-old gay rights activist and politiican was assaulted in Brazil on Wednesday (24 September).

Waldir Pires Bittencourt, campaigning to be a member of the House of Representatives, was campaigning in the streets of the city of Macapá as he was hit on the side of his forehead by a stone thrown from a moving car.

'You want to be a woman? Then you'll get it as a woman,' his attacker allegedly shouted.

September 25, 2014

One man, an LGBTI activist, has been afraid to leave home and has deactivated his Facebook profile

The president of Nefas LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance fears for his life and that of his fiance, according to the group's Facebook page.

A photo of their engagement posted on social media was then published by media outlets in the Caspian Sea country without their permission.

September 24, 2014

Specialist cyber police claim the man has confessed to ‘unethical relations with several lads’ and using Facebook to find gay sex

Iran’s police have accused a man of using Facebook to find gay men for sex.

Specialist cyber police claim they discovered a Facebook user was posting a mobile phone number online asking other men to call him to have ‘immoral relations’.

The semi-official Fars New Agency quoted the head of East Azerbaijan Cyberspace Police Chief, Mohammad Ghasemlou, as saying: ‘The Cyber Police force worked with the judicial authorities to identify the suspect, using special detective techniques.

September 23, 2014

'I can only hope that you are as lucky as I am someday because, if you are, I know there is no way you would ever send another human being a note of hate like you sent me'

Drag legend Coco Peru decided to take the high road on Monday (22 September) when responding to an anonymous young male who sent a note to the performer stating: 'You’re a disgrace to the male race.'

Peru, whose real name is Clinton Luepp, is best known for her roles in the independent films Trick and Girls Will Be Girls and for her popular one-woman shows performed across the US.

'I get these kind of emails from time to time,' Peru wrote on her Facebook page. 'Today was one of those days I decided to respond. I really hope he reads it.

September 22, 2014

Hashtag #stopjailinggays to be used Wednesday and Thursday

Egyptian activists are hoping to have the hashtag #stopjailinggays take over social media this week.

Wednesday (24 September) and Thursday (25 September) are the days selected for a tweeting and blogging campaign to protest repression of LGBTI people in their country.

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

September 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

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 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 6, 2014

Principal says decision to have students march at the parade was to 'show solidarity with what is a marginalized group in our society, to show them compassion, dignity and respect'

The principal of St. Paul's High School in County Armagh – one of Ireland's largest Catholic secondary schools – has defended his decision to have a group of students represent the school at a gay pride parade in Newry last weekend.

The students were accompanied by their principal Jarlath Burns who is known to be a passionate defender of Catholic education.

September 5, 2014

A former security guard is speaking out, alleging he was not given further employment for being a 'moffie'

A gay man has claimed he was fired after his boss discovered his Facebook profile.

Alexander Bruce was working as a security guard in a top private school in Johannesburg on a three month contract. When it came to an end, he was promised further employment.

After he took a brief break to go to hospital to have his appendix removed, he was contacted by his supervisor.

September 1, 2014

Evicted houseguest describes the gig as 'Pure hell. Absolute torture. Mayhem' 

Actor Leslie Jordan has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother UK house but doesn't seem too broken up about it.

In a new Facebook post, the openly gay actor describes the experience as 'PURE HELL. ABSOLUTE TORTURE. MAYHEM. ... I was voted out of the house a few days ago. THANK THE GOOD LORD ABOVE. I really do not think I could have stood another night of farts, snores and drunken revelry.'

And it did not bring out the best in him.

'I consider myself a kindly and well behaved human being. I turned into a screaming harridan!' Jordan writes.

September 1, 2014

He takes his clothes off and jumps in to Lake Superior after a show

Steve Grand, who gained fame last year with his viral hit All-American Boy, has made a lot of fans happy without singing a note.

He simply took all of his clothes off.

Grand decided to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - but he did it his way.

'I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause,' he explained to his Facebook followers over the weekend.

'I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. '

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.

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 31, 2014

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, was announced as Mr Gay World last night

The search for Mr Gay World came to an end last night when one lucky man was chosen for the award.

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, took the title at the ceremony in Rome, Italy.

Hatton Jr, from South Shields, wrote a jubilant status on Facebook after his win.

‘I WON MR GAY WORLD!!!’ he wrote.

‘I am still in a complete daze about it and overwhelmed. But this is just the BEGINNING. Now it's time to show the world what we as a global gay community are made of.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.