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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.

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.

May 4, 2013

E! Online's Twitter is hacked and erroneous Justin Bieber is gay message is sent out

The Twitter account to the entertainment news site E! Online seems to be shut down due to an erroneous Tweet  calling pop star Justin Bieber gay.

Today (April 4) E!'s social media site has been suspended (this reporter has tried multiple times). According to various Tweets, and a number of news reports, the account was closed due to note saying the teen heart throb is gay.

May 1, 2013

LeRoy Butler was scheduled for anti-bullying presentation at Wisconsin church

Retired NFL player LeRoy Butler decision to send a tweet of support to now openly-gay NBA player Jason Collins has cost him an $8,500 speaking gig at a Wisconsin church.

Butler, who played safety for the Green Bay Packers, does not name the church but he took to Twitter today to share the fallout from the tweet to which simply read: 'Congrats to Jason Collins.'

Apparently some parents saw the tweet and complained to the church.

April 23, 2013

As the National Assembly prepares for the final vote on marriage equality and same-sex couples adopting children, violent messages are trending on Twitter

A Twitter hashtag loosely translated as ‘Homosexuals must be killed’ is going viral before France's National Assembly votes on gay marriage today (23 April).

It is unknown where ‘Il Faut Tuer Les Homosexuels’ started from, but thousands of social networking users are tweeting about the trending topic.

As Yagg.com points out, many are pointing to a user called Mamadou Neutron for the original tweet.

He has since deleted the tweet but continues to publish homophobic messages.

April 20, 2013

A Twitter account linked to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, reveals homophobic tweets

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the teenage suspect in custody for the Boston marathon bombings, liked to post homophobic jokes on Twitter.

19 year-old Tsarnaev was captured Friday evening (19 April) after he and his older brother were identified as suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon that left 183 people injured and three people dead.

The suspect’s older brother, 26 year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead by police after the two suspects led authorities on a violent chase.

April 15, 2013

The Harley Medical Group are offering you the chance to win the best cosmetics to keep you beautiful.

We all want to look our best every day of the year, and are always on the lookout for great deals on keeping ourselves beautiful.

GSN want you to look and feel fabulous as much as anyone, and because of this we have teamed up with the UK’s Harley Medical Group to offer you the chance to win a free goody bag of the top cosmetics available.

Lasting a fortnight, we have a female and male goody bag up for grabs each week. Anyone can enter from the UK to the Ukraine, Canada to Cameroon.

April 7, 2013

Politicians are calling for Paris Brown, the country’s first youth police and crime commissioner, to resign from her post after her offensive tweets have gone viral

A 17 year-old police commissioner from Kent is being taken to task for inappropriate tweeting.

Paris Brown, who according to the Daily Mail: ‘was appointed last week to the £15,000 taxpayer-funded post to represent young people’s views on policing’ is now facing calls to quit her role for tweets where she calls people 'fags' and 'illegals'.

Though the teenager's Twitter account @vilulabelle has been cancelled, the Daily Mail published several of her unsavory Tweets.

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.

January 10, 2013

Homophobic cyber bullies have targeted 14-year-old Only Boys Aloud member Morgan Westcott since he was seven

A Welsh teenager who came third in Britain's Got Talent has spoken out about being the victim of anti-gay bullying on Twitter.

Morgan Westcott was a runner-up on the hit TV talent show last year with choir Only Boys Aloud.

However, he admitted to Welsh current affairs program Hacio he hasn't always felt like a winner and confessed to being bullied since he was seven.

'I've always had people calling me gay because I sing and didn't want to play football or rugby,' the 14-year-old from Treorchy said, reports ITV1.

December 19, 2012

'I’m sorry for what I said. I hope I didn’t offend anyone'

Less than 24 hours ago, rookie pitcher Noah Syndergaard had written on his Twitter accoint: 'I am extremely excited to start a new path with the New York . Proud to call myself a Met!!'

But it is another tweet, allegedly posted on 9 December, that has the player in potential hot water.

December 18, 2012

Spanish player ordered to pay up after using the word gay to insult team mate Jose Enrique

Liverpool Football Club player Suso has been fined £10,000 ($16,220, €12,300) for using the word 'gay' to insult team mate Jose Enrique on Twitter.

The Spanish midfielder, real name Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, posted a picture of Enrique getting his teeth whitened, with the comment: ‘What fuck is he doing?... This guy is gay. He has some mental problems. He does everything except play football.’

Despite quickly deleting the offensive comments, the 19-year-old's tweet has landed himself in trouble with the UK's Football Association.

November 28, 2012

Port Talbot midfielder Daniel Thomas suspended for one match for telling Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield to 'go bum each other'

Welsh footballer Daniel Thomashas been fined £500 for tweeting homophobic abuse about British Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.

A disciplinary panel from the Football Association of Wales also suspended the 28-year-old Port Talbot midfielder for one match.

The decision comes after the Crown Prosecution Service ruled out prosecuting Thomas in September, saying it was a 'one-off offensive Twitter message'.

October 20, 2012

Twiiter hashtag '#SignsYoSonIsGay' is quickly transformed into a message of acceptance

Maybe a few of us have too much time on our hands to express bigotry. As reported by Gawker, someone started a Twitter hashtag called '#SignsYoSonIsGay.'

October 11, 2012

Compares homosexuals to spiders: 'I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnopobic'

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes took to Twitter this week to post what is his idea of a joke.

'I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnopobic,' he tweeted. 'I have nothing against homosexuals of spiders but I'd still scream if I found one in my bathtub.'

The backlash was immediate.

'Gotta hand it to for crafting a tweet that makes him sound simultaneously like a tough guy homophobe AND a complete weenie,' tweeted one man.