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August 28, 2013

YouTube ASMR star Tony Bomboni’s relaxing videos have thousands of fans and a few vicious trolls. He tells GSN what happens when you meet the ‘haters’ in the real world

When celebrities and journalists get death threats and abusive messages, they have security staff or employers to protect them. But when you’re ‘YouTube famous’ the trolls can seem only the width of a computer screen away.

Tony ‘Bomboni’ is one of the most popular males on YouTube’s ASMR community – a fast-growing collection of independent relaxation videos.

May 9, 2013

Bisexual singer describes how the anonymity of the internet brings out 'absolutely vile' comments

Blue singer Duncan James says Twitter trolls told him he would AIDS and die after he revealed his sexuality.

The bisexual British singer said he has been subject to 'absolutely vile' comments since talking about his personal life on the UK documentary series The Big Reunion. 

‘When I first came out I thought people were going to gay bash me and call me a f*ggot walking down the street,’ he told Now magazine.

‘But these days people can be absolutely vile on Twitter. One troll wrote, “I hope you get AIDS and die, you f*ggot”.’

February 18, 2013

British gay travel firm to file for insolvency. Trouble hit when a resort they were selling in Gran Canaria failed to open, leaving customers wanting refunds

One of Britain’s longest established gay travel operators, Mantrav, will go into insolvency in a matter of weeks, GSN can reveal.

Mantrav first hit problems when a resort it was selling on the gay party island of Gran Canaria didn’t open as planned in late 2011, forcing travelers to re-plan their holidays or seek compensation.

Some customers reported they turned up at the hotel only to be turned away at reception. Others claimed compensation payments were delayed and accused the firm of bad customer service.

February 6, 2013

John Scalzi has raised up to $50,000 for LGBT and civil rights charities in his 'Counteract a Bigot Drive'

An American author has responded to internet trolls by pledging $5 to gay and civil rights charities every time he receives abuse.

Award-winning science fiction writer John Scalzi has raised over $50,000 (£32,000, €37,000) by today (6 February).

Trolls attacked the author for a pro-choice satirical blogpost from last year in which Scalzi adopted the persona of a rapist. One troll, which Scalzi affectionately calls 'the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit', took particular issue.

December 12, 2012

Ian McKellen reprises his role as wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's rip-roaring adventure, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Great things come in small packages but no-one could have anticipated that JRR Tolkien's pithy children's novel The Hobbit could be stretched into three bum-numbingly long instalments.

But that's exactly what director Peter Jackson has done, milking the Lord of the Rings prequel for every full stop, comma and semi-colon.

A more cynical observer might say it’s purely motivated by box office returns.

November 9, 2012

Breaking Dawn: Part Two may not be the end of the vampire saga after all, as Robert Pattinson jokes he'd do more but only if Edward goes gay

Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson says he would make another installment in the teen vampire saga, but only if his character Edward Cullen turns gay.

The hit film franchise about a vampire, werewolf love triangle will come to end with Breaking Dawn: Part Two on 16 November.

Despite all four of Stephenie Meyer's books now covered, R-Patz says he would consider returning as the sexy young vampire. But on one condition.

August 10, 2012

Gay actor talks about playing Gandalf again, the atmosphere on the set of the Lord of the Rings prequels and the joy of working with dwarves

Gay veteran actor of stage and screen Ian McKellen has spoken about filming The Hobbit in an interview with video game website IGN.

McKellen said he felt he had to agree to the part in The Hobbit trilogy.

‘I’d enjoyed it [Lord of the Rings] so much and I couldn’t have anyone else playing Gandalf,’ he said.

The actor added that even though more people worked on the prequels than on Lord of the Rings, ‘everyone knows everyone’ on the set of The Hobbit so it feels ‘like a home movie’.

December 22, 2011

Gay actors Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry among stars of The Hobbit

Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen can be seen for the first time reprising his role as Gandalf in a newly released trailer for The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy which made McKellen and his co-stars househould names around the world.

It tells the story of home-loving ‘hobbit’ Bilbo Baggins’ quest to win the share of a treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. In the process he picks up the ring of power which later has to be destroyed in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.