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January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

August 13, 2014

Pop singer calls Big Brother housemate sibling 'the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent being'

Singer Ariana Grande has utterly destroyed an Instagram troll after they targeted her gay brother.

Frankie Grande, currently starring on Big Brother US, recently revealed to the rest of his housemates he is Ariana’s brother.

The pop star posted a photo of her and her brother on Instagram.

After she noticed someone commenting, calling him ‘That homo’, she fought back and defended her brother.

She said: ‘That “homo” is the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet!

July 11, 2014

One proud mother of a pansexual teenage girl was attacked on social media, but her daughter was quick to leap to her defense

A proud 15-year-old girl defended her mom against social media bullies who criticized the mother’s open support of her daughter’s sexuality.

The mother posted an Instagram photo that said she was proud of her pansexual daughter, and was immediately targeted by a Bible-quoting Instagram user ministerkevinwellsgospel2.

More often than not, we may hear stories of vigilant parents supporting their LGBTI children and having to defend them against ignorance or criticism.

August 28, 2013

YouTube ASMR star Tony Bomboni’s relaxing videos have thousands of fans and a few vicious trolls. He tells GSN what happens when you meet the ‘haters’ in the real world

When celebrities and journalists get death threats and abusive messages, they have security staff or employers to protect them. But when you’re ‘YouTube famous’ the trolls can seem only the width of a computer screen away.

Tony ‘Bomboni’ is one of the most popular males on YouTube’s ASMR community – a fast-growing collection of independent relaxation videos.

May 9, 2013

Bisexual singer describes how the anonymity of the internet brings out 'absolutely vile' comments

Blue singer Duncan James says Twitter trolls told him he would AIDS and die after he revealed his sexuality.

The bisexual British singer said he has been subject to 'absolutely vile' comments since talking about his personal life on the UK documentary series The Big Reunion. 

‘When I first came out I thought people were going to gay bash me and call me a f*ggot walking down the street,’ he told Now magazine.

‘But these days people can be absolutely vile on Twitter. One troll wrote, “I hope you get AIDS and die, you f*ggot”.’

February 18, 2013

British gay travel firm to file for insolvency. Trouble hit when a resort they were selling in Gran Canaria failed to open, leaving customers wanting refunds

One of Britain’s longest established gay travel operators, Mantrav, will go into insolvency in a matter of weeks, GSN can reveal.

Mantrav first hit problems when a resort it was selling on the gay party island of Gran Canaria didn’t open as planned in late 2011, forcing travelers to re-plan their holidays or seek compensation.

Some customers reported they turned up at the hotel only to be turned away at reception. Others claimed compensation payments were delayed and accused the firm of bad customer service.

February 6, 2013

John Scalzi has raised up to $50,000 for LGBT and civil rights charities in his 'Counteract a Bigot Drive'

An American author has responded to internet trolls by pledging $5 to gay and civil rights charities every time he receives abuse.

Award-winning science fiction writer John Scalzi has raised over $50,000 (£32,000, €37,000) by today (6 February).

Trolls attacked the author for a pro-choice satirical blogpost from last year in which Scalzi adopted the persona of a rapist. One troll, which Scalzi affectionately calls 'the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit', took particular issue.