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July 11, 2012

Russian religious activists have launched a campaign to have Facebook banned saying its same-sex marriage icon amounts to 'gay propaganda' and is 'flirting with sodomites'

According to Russia Today, Russian Orthodox activists have demand a nationwide ban on Facebook as the social networking website recently enabled same-sex couples to use an gay marriage icon to represent their union.

Last month the popular social networking site introduced same-sex marriage status icons: one depicting two brides, the other two grooms.

July 10, 2012

Born This Way singer's website allows users to share pictures, discuss topics and chat to other fans, including gay 'monsters'

Lady Gaga has launched her own social networking site, featuring chat rooms, message boards and photo sharing.

The Little Monsters site, which went live yesterday (9 July), describes itself as a 'community full of art, acceptance, monsters and Gaga'.

Once signed up, fans of the Born This Way singer can share pictures, discuss different topics and talk to other users in one of the many chatrooms, including one for 'Gay Monsters'.

July 3, 2012

Reports in the press are taking the surprise out of plans for the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, says East London lesbian and campaigner Linda Wilkinson

Like many people I didn’t get tickets for the London 2012 Olympics. Living in an Olympic borough, where my family have lived for a few hundred years, and being an ex-athlete I volunteered to get into the Opening and Closing ceremonies. The thousands of us who actually made it through the selection process are sworn to secrecy. So to put it bluntly we are all pretty pissed off with the leakages about the event.

Then there are the helicopters, flying low enough to give us crew cuts, filming a work in process that is not ready yet for general consumption.

June 20, 2012

Gay Star News hits 10,000 likes on Facebook: And we say a massive thank you for all your amazing support

It’s just six months since Gay Star News launched but already an incredible 10,000 have hit ‘like’ and joined our Facebook page.

The 10,000th like came in today and we just wanted to take the chance to say how grateful we are for all your help, feedback and support which has got us to this stage so fast.

In total around 25,000 people now follow Gay Star News across our social media platforms which also include Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Weibo.

June 14, 2012

Country music singer under attack by some for her support of gay marriage

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) launched a Twitter campaign today (14 June) to show support for country music singer Carrie Underwood who is being attacked by some fans because she recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage.

In a recent profile interview with British newspaper The Independent, the country singer said she believes, as a Christian, everyone has the right to ‘love publicly.'

June 5, 2012

Presenter Brittany McMillan: 'Facebook amplified my voice and now we are changing the world'

High school student Brittany McMillan learned all about the power of Facebook in 2010 when she launched the idea of Spirit Day which inspires people to wear purple or change their Facebook photo to purple in support of LGBT youth and to stand up against bullying.

When a Spirit Day event Facebook page was flooded with anti-gay comments and violent images, the social network company worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to solve the problem.

May 1, 2012

One man released without charges as police in Cardiff continue the investigation into the unexplained death

A death reported on Saturday (28 April) in Cardiff, Wales is believed to be gay man Paul Iles.

Police were called to a property in Ffordd James McGhan in Cardiff Bay at 6:49am where a 31-year-old man was found dead. They are treating the death as 'unexplained'.

South Wales Police reported a 29-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge. But they told Gay Star News they are unable to confirm the identity of the the victim as Paul Iles.

April 24, 2012

80s popstar driven from Twitter and calls in lawyers

Boy George announced he is giving Twitter a break until his 'homophobic spam issue' is resolved.

Over the last few days the 80s popstar has been subjected to a string of tweets that sound like homophobic playground bullying. '@BoyGeorge wants ya penis' said one from Tory Fox (@Cornelia_573) from Georgia in the US. '@BoyGeorge lookup ya butt,' said another from Arnetta Siren (@Charise_769) in Nebraska, US.

April 23, 2012

Mike Buonaiuto on how and why he created a short film for the pro-gay British group Coalition For Equal Marriage

I’ve often heard that a powerful idea can be all that matters to inspire art and for me that couldn’t be more spot on.

I watched the news like everyone else, showing thousands of British soldiers returning home from battle, reunited with their loved ones. It was then that it struck me that all those men and women fight for the UK, yet a proportion of them who just happen to be gay cannot engage in one of our country’s most celebrated traditions; marriage.

April 9, 2012

A virtual pinboard that enables you to share your life and loves in new ways

You may not have realised that you needed it, but Pinterest is a new social media platform that gives you the ability to create a virtual pinboard.

Think of it as a way of organising (and publicly sharing) all that stuff that you stick on the front of the fridge - things that have caught your eye, made you laugh, things that you keep meaning to read when you get a spare minute, or things that you want to hang on to so you can show friends or family.

April 3, 2012

Shopping with your friends. What's not to like? We look at the new Facebook app that brings social shopping to your computer

Shopping online has just got sociable. A new Facebook app, called Shopcade, aims to bring shopping and social networking together for the first time.

Until now buying on the internet was quick and easy but not much fun. Can Shopcade change that? Well, that's for you to decide. But what it does do is let you share and discuss things with your mates before you buy, even if they’re miles away. And being able to see what products are popular and trending among your friends means you’re always up to date with what’s cool.

April 2, 2012

Gay Star News and a chimp offer you all the latest LGBT news and more into your inbox every Monday to Friday

We're continuing to develop and listen to what our readers want from us. So our marketing team and a chimp (the Mailchimp species) have been busy in the GSN office creating a free daily newsletter.

With a round up of the day's global news sent directly to your inbox it really is easy to catch up on all the latest headlines.

We know you like to be social, so each story has a Twitter and Facebook link so you can easily share a particular story to your followers too.

March 30, 2012

Man attacked after coming out on Facebook – but only for his lack of taste

A guy who used Facebook to come out has been attacked by his geeky friends – but only for his lack of taste.

The man, whose identity is protected, posted on his Facebook wall that, ‘I've been in the closet for far too long, so here goes: I'm gay. I've known, in retrospect, for eight years.

‘This is the easiest way for me to deal with it; I apologize if anyone feels affronted that I didn't tell them in person.’

Clearly concerned about the reaction, the man chose his words carefully.

March 30, 2012

Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant warns Mark Zuckerberg after he failed to address gender concerns

Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant has threatened to publicly denounce Facebook unless the site allows users to list their gender as 'other'.

March 27, 2012

The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard adds counseling via email and online chat to services

The UK’s National LGBT helpline has expanded its free and confidential support services to include online chat and email communication.

After 38 years of providing 24-hour counselling, information or just someone to talk to, LLGS volunteers can be reached for a chat through mobiles and smart phones.

Younger people are particularly using the digital media options, since their living situation might not make it possible to carry a phone conversation about their sexuality.

March 24, 2012

Reportedly breached decency codes but company has since reposted it

An advertisement for a cultural project against homophobia that featured two men kissing on the lips was temporarily removed from a Facebook page because it apparently breached the social media company's decency code.

The code bars images of a 'political, sexual or other sensitive' nature.

March 22, 2012

Nepal MP tells Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg not to ‘sideline’ people who don’t identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’

A Nepalese member of parliament and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex campaigner has appealed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to make the social networking site more inclusive.

In an open letter to the multi-billionaire king of social media, Sunil Babu Pant says Facebook is ‘sidelining’ people who don’t identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’ by only giving those two options at sign-up.

March 20, 2012

'Sad to know many LGBT kids deal with this irrational hatred daily'

Singer Lance Bass has been threatened over Facebook by a man who writes that he wants to 'stab' Bass and 'play around with your blood.'

The former member of the band 'N Sync came out publicly in 2006 and has spoken out on such issues as anti-gay bullying and marriage equality.

The series of Facebook threats and name-calling came from a man named Ted Fau who called Bass an '[expletive] faggot' and asked 'Do you have HIV yet?'

March 1, 2012

How paying attention to your PR can help you land your dream job, build your business or get the relationship you want

Every celebrity and nearly all major brands have a PR team, dedicated professionals to manage their image, change how they are perceived and draw attention to the good things that they do! There is a great quote that reads ‘everything you say and do is public relations’ – hiring a PR agency or a publicist is just a way of focusing and refining the messages that you want to send out.

February 29, 2012

A new gay dating messaging service allows people to tell ex-partners if they have an STI

Gay dating websites have launched a new messaging service to ease the pain of telling ex-lovers you have a sexually transmitted disease.

The confidential Sexual Health Messaging Service allows people who have been diagnosed with an STI to let their recent sexual partners know, via text, email or message to a gay dating site, so that they can get tested and, if necessary, treated.

February 27, 2012

Facebook photo of Brandon Morgan and boyfriend touches hearts in post DADT world

In less than 48 hours, more than 18,000 people found and clicked 'Like' on a photo of US Marine Brandon Morgan arriving home from a tour of duty and leaping into the arms of his strapping boyfriend, Dalan Wells.

The photo is featured on a Facebook page titled Gay Marines and is quickly becoming a symbol of the post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell era in the US military.

February 24, 2012

Angry readers picketed The Dominion Post in Wellington, New Zealand, after it printed a 'dangerous' article about trans parents

Outraged protesters marched into the offices of a newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand, today, accusing the publication of transphobia.

The rally was organized by rights group The Queer Avengers after The Dominion Post printed columnist Rosemary McLeod's opinion piece 'Why I feel for the kids of ego-trippers'.

February 13, 2012

A foul-mouthed drag queen has a Valentine's message for homophobes

Nip homophobic hypocrisy in the rose bud this Valentine's Day and share this awesome video on Facebook and Twitter.

After all, what's not to love about a potty-mouthed drag queen giving homophobes a piece of her behind, saying the best way to protect the sanctity of marriage is to ban divorce.

Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Newt Gingritch are all in the bridal queen's firing line.

January 29, 2012

Facebook campaign for Greg Louganis to appear on popular TV show

In 2010, Olympian Greg Louganis told People magazine he wanted to be a contestant on the reality show 'Dancing with the Stars.' His fans have not forgotten that, and created a Facebook page to petition the show's producers to include him in next season's lineup.