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December 18, 2013

Runner of Sikh Knowledge posted a photo protesting against Indian Supreme Court recriminalizing homosexuality, but after it caused a debate Facebook shut it down

Facebook is under fire for deleting a gay kiss picture to protest India’s views on gay rights and suspending the profile for 12 hours.

Kanwar Anit Singh Saini, 32, posted on his Facebook page ‘Sikh Knowledge’ a photo of him kissing a man during the ‘Go Gay For A Day’ protest.

It was all a part of the Global Day of Rage aiming to raise awareness of the Supreme Court in India banning gay sex.

He posted the picture with this caption: ‘Last night my uncle told me if they knew I was gay before 20 they would have killed me.

October 5, 2013

Queer Pakistan reinvents itself, new website sees traffic shoot up by 2,000%

A ban by the government and abeyance of its Facebook page has seen Pakistan’s underground LGBT website emerge stronger, reporting a 2,000 per cent increase in traffic in just 48 hours.

Queer Pakistan, which operates from Pakistan, where homosexuality is punishable with death or imprisonment, was shut down by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Tuesday, just two months after it had started offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s persecuted LGBT community.

September 17, 2013

A group of allegedly rogue editors and administrators have allowed Wikipedia to be filled with homophobic and factually incorrect articles

A group of homophobic editors have overrun Wikipedia in Croatia in a clear breach of the sites 'neutral point of view' policy.

Many Croatian language articles have been altered to portray LGBT people and other minority groups in a negative light, and articles about history have been re-written in a biased way.

One of the articles in question is the Croatian language description of marriage, which now defines it as ‘a social institution and legal contract between two people, a man and a woman, for the purpose of living together and raising offspring.’

May 28, 2013

A war veteran in Changsha, Henan province is inspired by gay pride march to appeal male rape charge which has reduced his pension

A gay pride parade has inspired an 81-year-old man in China to appeal a male rape conviction from 40 years ago.

The man surnamed Li contacted Chinese gay rights activist Ah Qiang after hearing about a gay pride march in his home city of Changsha, Hunan province. Qiang shared his story on Sina Weibo, China's most popular microblogging site, where it was re-posted hundreds of times.

April 2, 2013

Millions of people changed their profile pic in favor of a version promoting the Human Rights Campaign for equal marriage

Millions of Facebook users turned their profile pictures for marriage equality last week, a Facebook report has found.

Roughly 2.7 million people in the US switched their main pics to the Human Rights Campaign image of a pink-on-red equal sign.

Users, as it is the internet, changed their profile photos to various versions of this image, some featuring Lion King characters, Star Wars storm-troopers and even Gay Star News ducks.

October 9, 2012

Travel website's recent campaign backing same-sex marriage sees homophobic backlash on Facebook and YouTube.

Expedia's recent advertising campaign backing same-sex marriage has seen a homophobic backlash on Facebook and YouTube.

The advert, created by the online travel website and called 'Find Your Understanding: Expedia Find Yours', features a father accepting his daughter’s wedding to another woman.

But despite receiving over 1.4 million likes on Expedia's Facebook page, the video received over 155 dislikes followed by hundreds of homophobic comments.

July 24, 2012

Canadian student inspires LGBT community to stand up for gay rights after homophobes attacked him in public

A gay student in Canada who was assaulted and mugged by homophobes has vowed not to let the attack push him back into the closet.

University of Alberta student Chevi Rabbit was attacked by a group of three men walking near his campus in Whyte Avenue on Thursday (19 July) at 9pm.

After hurling homophobic abuse, the 26-year-old claimed one of the trio attacked him, holding him in a headlock, throwing him to the ground and stealing his iPhone.

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 6, 2012

Roanoke Athletic Club will now allow 'household' memberships

The Roanoke Athletic Club in Virginia, currently being sued by a gay couple who had their family membership revoked, posted on its Facebook page Thursday (5 July) that it is changing its policy to include 'household' memberships

Will Trinkle and Juan Granados, who joined the club with their 2-year-old son through a family membership, were called nine days later by a club employee who told them a mistake had been made. They say they were told the state of Virginia does not consider them to be a real family.

July 4, 2012

Marriage of Hughes and Eldridge fuses young gay power couple influential in US politics

Co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes married Sean Eldridge at their home in Garrison, New York state on Saturday (30 June).

Hughes (28) co-founded Facebook with college friends Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin at Harvard in 2004. Zuckerberg attended Saturday’s wedding with his newly-wed wife Priscilla Chan.

Hughes and Eldridge met in November 2005 through friends at Harvard.

July 4, 2012

Jordan's gay magazine, My Kali, has been featured on the Facebook page of the capital city, Amman, with a call for people to respect gay rights - provoking lively debate

Jordan’s gay magazine, My Kali, has won unprecedented praise on the unofficial Facebook page of the city of Amman, the Jordanian capital.

The page put up a pro gay rights message along with a topless picture cover of Khalid, a model who is the 'face' of the magazine, on Monday (2 July).

July 2, 2012

Gay and lesbian users on social networking site can now choose a same-sex marriage option when they wed

Facebook has launched a new icon to recognize gay marriage, continuing the social networking site's efforts to be more LGBT friendly.

The picture of a gay and lesbian couple will appear on the timeline of Facebook users who have indicated that they have wed a person of the same-sex and will be used instead of the one for straight partners.

In 2011, Facebook gave users the option to update their relationship status with 'In a Civil Union' and 'In a Domestic Partnership'.

June 28, 2012

An anti-gay group calling for mothers to abort fetuses they believe to be gay as an act of faith has been shut down on Facebook

An Italian Facebook group offering a 'Catholic' guide to the abortion of the 'homosexual' fetus has been shut down after a week of controversy.

‘Aborting a gay is an act of faith’ was the name of the group set up a week ago, which claimed to be in contact with doctors and scientists ‘able to eradicate this disease from the world’.

LGBT people were described as ‘ill’, ‘an offence to God’, ‘a problem’ and ‘a virus’, in direct opposition to modern scientific opinion and all leading global medical bodies.

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 17, 2012

Jack Conkling writes that homosexuality 'ranks in God's eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing, or cheating'

A self-described devout Christian who teaches social studies to junior high school students Kansas took to his Facebook page to post an anti-gay message in the wake of President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage last week.

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 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 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.