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March 20, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 3, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

February 16, 2015

Young LGBTI people react to homophobia

A video of gay and lesbian people reading out and responding to homophobic tweets has been published today (16 February).

The footage, of seven young Colombians reading out abusive messages posted on Twitter, aims to promote a new documentary about the lives of LGBTI people living in the country.

'If I had a son and found out he was gay I would make him fuck prostitutes until he likes pussy,' one man reads from a message posted on Twitter.

'I hope you never have a son,' he tells the camera frankly.

January 22, 2015

First time a French court convicts over anti-gay abuse on the social network

Three Parisians were fined this week for inciting violence against LGBTI people on Twitter, the first time a French court has convicted for anti-gay abuse on the social network.

One was fined €300 ($348) while the other two were forced to pay €500 ($579) for using the hashtag 'let’s burn the gays on...' (#brûlonslesgayssurdu).

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

November 8, 2014

The prominent gay actor, activist and prolific tweeter says his 7.8 million followers won't be hearing from him for a month as it is 'unsafe' for him to be on Twitter

British comedian-actor-presenter Stephen Fry has sent a farewell tweet to his 7.8million followers saying he won’t be tweeting until December as he's filming in an undisclosed location and has been 'advised it is safest not to tweet.'

October 2, 2014

Gay MP Chris Bryant has called for David Cameron to sack Matt Hancock for the 'vile tweet'

A Tory minister has chosen a somewhat odd way of celebrating National Poetry Day, by sharing a poem branding Labour as a party 'full of queers'.

Matt Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk and junior minister for skills and further education, retweeted a five-line verse on his Twitter account to his 17,300 followers.

It read: 'The party run by young Ed/is quietly going quite dead/bereft of ideas/quite full of queers/no wonder the faithful have fled.'

September 27, 2014

The recent row over Facebook’s name change policy has angered many LGBTI users, some of whom have now opted to sign up for an Ello account, prompting a surge in popularity of the social network

A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy.

Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community.

September 25, 2014

Earlier today, 25 September, Knott posted a bond of $50,000 (€39,000)

Kathryn Knott, one of the three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, has been suspended from her hospital job.

According to a statement the Abington Health system sent to Philadelphia magazine, the 24-year-old was employed at Lansdale Hospital  since 2011 May.

September 17, 2014

An anonymous Twitter user may have identified the suspects through social media

July 31, 2014

Pidgen Music CEO Panji Anoff announced on Facebook on Monday that he is gay in a prank to see who would unfriend him if they believed it was true

A leading music producer in Ghana has played a prank on his social media followers, pretending to come out as gay to see who his real friends are.

‘I wish to announce today that I am gay, so that all the people who don't want a gay friend on Facebook, can unfriend me now,’ Pidgen Music CEO Panji Anoff wrote on Facebook on Monday.

‘I will miss you all, but I think it will make my Facebook world a better place.’

Anoff made the declaration as he was approaching five thousand Facebook friends – the maximum that Facebook allows.

July 23, 2014

A 24-year-old could have faced the death penalty for merely posting on the social networking site

A Saudi Arabian gay man is to be jailed and lashed 450 times for trying to meet other gay men on Twitter.

The 24-year-old was arrested after he posted several messages on his social media account.

A member of the religious police, after being told about the tweets, posed as another gay man on Twitter.

Luring him into the sting, the authorities seized him and took his mobile phone.

June 23, 2014

#raisethepride by tweeting a positive message to Toronto World Pride

Tweeters can help the Pride flag at Toronto World Pride fly high this year, using the hash-tag #raisethepride.

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has launched a virtual Pride Flag that will go up or down the pole depending on positive or negative tweets. So go tweet something nice!

May 12, 2014

Cabramatta Two Blues player Grayson Goodwin has been suspended after a homophobic tweet was sent from his Twitter account despite a friend coming forward to confirm he did not send it

Australia’s National Rugby League code has given footballer Grayson Goodwin a 26 week ban from playing over a homophobic tweet which he fears will end his career as an athlete.

The tweet ‘Gay refs shouldn’t be allowed to ref cause they r so s**t [sic]’ was sent from the Cabramatta Two Blues player’s Twitter account but he insists he did not send it.

The tweet appeared during a South Sydney versus West Tigers game on 21 March but Goodwin insists that a friend sent it from his phone while he was using the bathroom.

April 1, 2014

Facebook? Twitter? Google+? Our readers discover and share our content across all platforms

Without doubt our website remains the one-stop-shop to find all of the articles, features, and updates that we have published since first establishing Gay Star News in 2012.

However, many of our readers find us for the first time through social media channels, reflecting the changing way that people around the world access and share news and information.

We've seen huge growth in our social media audience, and social media channels have become the most popular way for our readers to discover the news from around the world that we are delivering.

February 27, 2014

Ethiopia’s Family Minister Zenebu Tadesse has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets that were sent from her Twitter account were the result of her account being hacked

Ethiopian Minister for Women, Children and Youth Affairs has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets sent from her Twitter account after Uganda further criminalized homosexuality were posted by a hacker.

‘There is no place for hate, discrimination in my beloved Africa. It’s not Government’s business to make dress code or anti-gay laws #Uganda,’ Tadesse’s Twitter account posted after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

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.

February 10, 2014

Casey Stoney, one of the greatest soccer stars in the UK, has spoken about her sexuality publicly for the first time

England’s women football captain Casey Stoney has revealed she is gay.

The Arsenal ladies defender is the latest sportsperson to come out following NFL hopeful Michael Sam, former international soccer star Thomas Hitzlsperger and Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Stoney, inspired by Daley, said she wanted to make it public to help other young people struggling with their sexuality.

‘I feel it's really important for me to speak out as a gay player because there are so many young people struggling with being gay,’ she told BBC Sport.

January 22, 2014

Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused the social media website of not dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism

Twitter is being accused of not dealing with homophobic by former soccer star Stan Collymore.

After being targeted by internet trolls on account of his race, he has said the social media website has become a ‘vacuum’ for hatred.

The broadcaster retweeted several offensive messages he received after suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have earned a penalty after diving in Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.

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.

August 14, 2013

Social networking site is looking into the situation after French IDAHO has demanded they remove the homophobic hashtags

June 3, 2013

Drag superstar tweets that slur is projection of her 'poisonous self-loathing'

Amanda Bynes referred to the staff of People magazine as 'faggots' in a tweet over the weekend - the latest in an increasingly combative series of tweets in recent weeks.

In a tweet that was eventually deleted, Bynes wrote: "Um, @Peoplemag Hello? I'm not lost and alone! W H A T T H E F U C K A R E Y O U T A L K I N G A B O U T ? Follow me on twitter you faggots!'

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.