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August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

July 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

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.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

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'.