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June 26, 2014

If you type in PRIDE, each letter in an individual column, then you get a special surprise

In honor of Pride month, Google is celebrating with incredible little Easter eggs that you might have missed.

For example, there's one in its Google Docs program.

Open up a new spreadsheet document, and type ‘PRIDE’, one letter in each column, and you’ll get a rainbow-colored spreadsheet.

June 8, 2014

To mark June as gay pride month, Google now shows a rainbow banner when users do a search for gay and LGBT-related terms

The menu bar in the six colors of the rainbow – a symbol of gay pride – will also show up when a user searches using key words such as same-sex marriage, marriage equality, New York Pride and Los Angeles Pride.

The company has notably taken a high-profile stance in support of gay rights.

June 3, 2014

YouTube has revealed its new campaign for Gay Pride month with several of the biggest names in sport pitching in to help

YouTube has revealed a new inspiring video on gay athletes showing the tide is turning in sport.

With parent company Google, the first and third most visited websites in the world have launched a campaign hoping to end anti-LGBTI bias.

The video, featuring athletes like Michael Sam, Tom Daley and Jason Collins, is hoping to inspire others to create their own videos about LGBTI sports issues over the next month.

Last June, YouTube made ‘Proud To Love’ the theme of their Pride efforts. This year, it is ‘Proud To Play’.

May 20, 2014

Carlotta Trevisan posted a picture of two lesbians and two soccer stars kissing to support gay rights, and Facebook deleted her profile claiming the picture violated their community standards

A Facebook user had her account deleted after posting a picture of two lesbians and two soccer players kissing to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Facebook have since claimed the deleting of her profile was a mistake and had nothing to do with the photo.

Carlotta Trevisan, 28, from Turin, Italy posted the picture in support of gay equality on her profile on 15 May.

April 1, 2014

Online dating website OkCupid has weighed in on Mozilla’s controversial new CEO Brendan Eich – urging its users to switch browsers over his past anti-LGBTI rights activism

Online dating website OkCupid has urged its users not to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser over the company’s appointment of a new CEO that donated to keep California’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mozilla appointed JavaScript creator Brendan Eich to be its new CEO on 24 March, raising the eyebrows of many LGBTI employees of the company as he had donated a thousand dollars to the campaign that put same-sex marriage on the ballot paper in California – resulting in the state ceasing to marry same-sex couples from November of 2008 until June of 2013.

March 6, 2014

You can help choose the 2014 European Diversity Awards as nominations open at a reception in Madrid

The search for Europe’s most deserving diversity champions is underway after the 2014 European Diversity Awards were launched in Madrid last night (6 March).

Business leaders, media professionals and representatives of cultural and charitable organizations joined a glitzy reception at Google’s Spanish HQ to mark the start of the nomination process.

February 7, 2014

Internet search company Google has highlighted the Olympics' non-discrimination Principle Six with a LGBTI pride rainbow graphic on its web page as the Sochi Winter Olympics begin in Russia

Google has drawn attention to the plight of LGBTI Russians by putting a special gay pride rainbow graphic on its home page.

The rainbow graphic has bands in the colors of the gay pride flag with drawings of athletes competing in Winter Olympic sports such as skiing, ice hockey, bob sledding and snow boarding.

Below Google’s search bar the company has posted Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which deals with the principle of non-discrimination.

January 29, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter and activist talks about last month's trip to Russia to screen Milk

When Dustin Lance Black went to Russia last month for a special screening of the film Milk, it was his boyfriend, Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was getting the headlines for coming out.

Black, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Milk, had said very little about the Russia trip since until today (28 January) when he took part in a live chat on Google+ about the Uprising of Love movement he is a part of.

January 11, 2014

African nations including Kenya and Ethiopia also rank highly for gay porn searches

A new report on the most popular search terms of 2013 has revealed Uganda to be a nation obsessed with homosexuality online.

According to Google's Zeitgeist report of 2013, which lists the most popular terms used on its search engine, Ugandans searched for 'homosexuality' more than any other people on Earth.

The dangerously anti-gay nation also ranks third in searches for the terms 'man fucking man' and 'woman fucking woman' - trailing behind Kenya which was ranked first for both terms.

January 7, 2014

Liverpool’s Homotopia takes on London and Manchester’s pride parties for Best Event. Stonewall and THT nominated as top charities

The LGBTI British public is being urged to vote for the charities, brands and business people who support them.

Voting is already underway in the Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards, dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’.

The glitzy award ceremony will pay tribute to high profile LGBTI people who have won the hearts of nation’s gay community over the past 12 months.

‘The awards are not just about the celebrity nominees,’ says organizer Sarah Garrett.

January 1, 2014

Google ad remembering 2013 includes clip of basketball player Jason Collins describing his coming out

Gay basketball player Jason Collins was listed in a Google advertisement highlighting the highlights of 2013.

'When you finally get to that point of acceptance, nothing's more beautiful,' Collins says.

December 28, 2013

Some 5.6% of respondents admit having been in a same-sex relationship

China's largest dating and marriage website says roughly one out of every 20 university students in the country has had a lover of the same sex.

In an effective poll of 8894 respondents by Jiayuan.com, 5.57 percent admitted being in a gay love at least once, reports news portal Danlan.

A Google expert has also estimated the number of gay men in the United States at roughly 1 in 20.

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 9, 2013

A study of Americans’ online habits by economist and Google data analyst Seth Stephens-Davidowitz estimates that five percent of American men are predominantly same-sex attracted but also that more than 1-in-5 are still in the closet

New York Times contributor and Google big-data analyst Seth Stephens-Davidowitz says internet data suggests one in twenty American men are predominantly same-sex attracted – suggesting there may be as many as 8 million gay male Americans.

Stephens-Davidowitz made his conclusion public in a New York Times article titled, ‘How many American men are gay?’ on Saturday.

November 29, 2013

A 54-year-old man was stabbed in the heart, 22 times in the back, and hit with a hammer to his head

A British gay man was stabbed to death in a satanic ritual, a court was told this week.

Paul Simons, 54, met hospital cleaner and 23-year-old gay escort Michael Brennan for sex on 3 May in Chelmsford this year.

Brennan denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson described the killing as a ‘brutal and efficient execution’.

August 19, 2013

Gay rights activist in Russia complains to Google about a popular news and information portal is blocked from the search engine

LGBT Russians have complained to Google after they were unable to access a popular gay news website.

Gay.Ru, a news and interviews portal, was blocked from the Google homepage.

Usually if a Russian was to type in ‘gay’ into the main search engine, they would discover the website.

But now after the ‘gay propaganda’ laws have become enforced, it has disappeared from the search engine.

August 19, 2013

Gay rights activist in Russia complains to Google about a popular news and information portal is blocked from the search engine

LGBT Russians have complained to Google after they were unable to access a popular gay news website.

Gay.Ru, a news and interviews portal, was blocked from the Google homepage.

Usually if a Russian was to type in ‘gay’ into the main search engine, they would discover the website.

But now after the ‘gay propaganda’ laws have become enforced, it has disappeared from the search engine.

August 16, 2013

US evangelist chooses the worst possible picture for his book cover on rearing children, advising you cannot raise them without a paddle

When an anti-gay evangelist was looking for a perfect family photo on the cover of his new fundamentalist child-rearing book, he clearly did not do his research.

Doug Sehorne got a nasty shock when he realized the image he had chosen for his e-book, ‘Bible Principles of Child Discipline from the Book of Proverbs’ was, in fact, a picture of a famous family.

The Dunphys from Modern Family, a show he now realizes is ‘wicked’ because it involves a ‘gay couple’.

August 9, 2013

From tyrannical leader to shirtless hunter, we explore the hidden gayness inside of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Type in ‘Putin’ on Google images and you’re bombarded with delightful images of the shirtless Russian leader, a far cry from the cold persona of an anti-gay activist.

Nothing says ‘gay’ like taking your clothes off at any given opportunity. Shirtless hunt anyone? British newspaper The Telegraph, not known for their homoerotic humor, have made Putin into the next Rambo, flashing the flesh in the wilderness.

August 7, 2013

UK gay scene celebrities Jeremy Joseph and Chris Jepson are preparing for a 24-hour, 209-mile fundraising cycle from London to Manchester. But with little training, a series of accidents and a night ride ahead, can they make it?

One of them is afraid of riding in the middle of the road and the other admits the most exercise he has done in years is run for a bus, but two London scene celebs are just two weeks from a 209 mile bike ride they hope to complete in 24 hours.

The owner of G-A-Y, Britain’s most famous gay club brand, Jeremy Joseph and scene photographer Chris Jepson will cycle from London to Manchester to raise cash for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

July 26, 2013

Gay and bisexual women face brutality, forced marriages, exclusions, and even accusations of sorcery in the DRC

In its own discreet way, the gay male scene is tangible in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Online, gay men connect anonymously in search of friendship, romance, and serious relationships. In Kinshasa's bars, they enjoy relatively safe spaces. But in either of these venues, lesbians are scarce, if not invisible.

July 23, 2013

Popular hipster blog censors LGBT-related tags in porn crackdown after Yahoo! take-over

Popular blog site Tumblr has banned searches for #gay #lesbian and #bisexual search tags as part of a crackdown on porn.

Last Thursday Tumblr announced that they were sectioning off blogs tagged 'adult' and had made them non-searchable on Google and other search engines.

Other blogs tagged 'NSFW' (not safe for work) are only accessible when 'safe mode' is switched off.

July 18, 2013

Los Angeles entertainment icon Sheena Metal thinks being intersex is ‘kind of awesome’ but she tells GSN no one else in the media wants to talk about it

One day Sheena Metal, a Los Angeles entertainment icon, told the whole world she was intersex on live radio. But no one seemed to notice.

Considering she is a popular radio host, actress, journalist and stand-up comic with almost 20,000 Twitter followers, it is amazing there is little or nothing obtainable by Google search that will even mention this element of her life. Until now.

June 22, 2013

Over 200 anti-gay conservatives who name themselves Freedom Federation published an open letter against marriage equality

US Christian groups have come together in writing to preemptively proclaim their refusal to recognize marriage equality.

In a letter published online, The Freedom Federation, who boast ‘Real hope, Real change, Real freedom,’ promise to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling if it changes the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The letter was co-drafted by Mathew Staver, chairman of legal ministry Liberty Counsel Action, who has said that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and civil war.