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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.