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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 22, 2013

Wikileaks soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in prison will live the remainder of her life as a woman

The US WikiLeaks soldier sentenced to jail for 35 years has come out as transgender and will live the rest of her life as a woman.

'I am Chelsea Manning,' the 25-year-old revealed today (22 August), after she was convicted of 20 charges including espionage. 

In a statement written by the soldier, called ‘The Next Stage of My Life’, she spoke about her gender identity and her supporters.

Manning said: ‘I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years.

July 8, 2013

Anti-gay televangelist keeps up steady stream of homophobic remarks

US televangelist Pat Robertson was asked by a viewer of his The 700 Club show if it was 'sinful' to push the Facebook 'like' button on a photo of a same-sex couple.

Robertson, 83, had this response: 'To me, I would punch "vomit," not "like."'

Although he says he's not one to be on Facebook, if 'you've got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, you like that, that makes me want to throw up.'

He said pushing 'like' is condoning behavior.

May 21, 2013

China's biggest group deals website, Meituan, is offering a free trip to Canada for a gay couple to marry

Meituan, a Chinese version of Groupon, the group deals website, is offering gay couples the chance to marry in Canada for free.

'On 20 and 21 May, Meituan Rainbow Day, we support comrades [slang for gay people],' the deal site says, 'because we believe that marriage is not about similarities or differences, it's about true love, regardless of gender'.

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.

March 6, 2013

A group of Icelandic MPs and Swedish Members of the European Parliament have called on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to award its prize for 2013 to Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier that leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks

A group of Icelandic MPs have called for Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the second time in two years, and have been joined by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

All three MPs from Iceland’s The Movement party and the Swedish Pirate Party’s two MEPs wrote to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo, Norway, to urge them to award Manning the prize.

They were joined in this call by Slim Amamou, a former Tunisian Secretary of State for Sport and Youth.

December 7, 2012

Robert Randolph alleged that the actor and his attorney had damaged his reputation

John Travolta, hit by several gay-related lawsuits this year, had a victory in court Friday when a judge in Los Angeles ordered an author to pay the actor approximately $140,000 in legal fees.

Robert Randolph had sued Travolta and his attorney Marty Singer in June alleging that the pair harmed his reputation with false statements and hurt the sales of his self-published book You'll Never Spa in This Town Again which alleges he had sexual encounters with Travolta and other celebrities.

November 5, 2012

Modern Family star invites gay marriage opponents to defriend him

Jesse Tyler Ferguson may star as one half of a gay couple raising a child on ABC's popular Modern Family but the openly gay actor has discovered that even fans of his and of the show are anti-gay marriage.

'The majority of my fans have been amazing and supportive,' the actor wrote on his Facebook page late Sunday (4 November). 'But I am in shock and ashamed of many of my 'fans' who are standing firm in their stance that I am 'less than' them because of my sexual orientation.'

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.

September 28, 2012

Robert Randolph alleged that the actor and his attorney had damaged his reputation

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday (27 September) dismissed a lawsuit against John Travolta filed by the author of a self-published book called You'll Never Spa in This Town Again.

Robert Randolph sued Travolta and his attorney Marty Singer in June seeking unspecified damages. He alleged that the pair harmed his reputation with false statements and hurt the sales of his book which alleges he had sexual encounters with Travolta and other celebrities.

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

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 20, 2012

Gay Star News hits 10,000 likes on Facebook: And we say a massive thank you for all your amazing support

It’s just six months since Gay Star News launched but already an incredible 10,000 have hit ‘like’ and joined our Facebook page.

The 10,000th like came in today and we just wanted to take the chance to say how grateful we are for all your help, feedback and support which has got us to this stage so fast.

In total around 25,000 people now follow Gay Star News across our social media platforms which also include Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Weibo.

June 14, 2012

Country music singer under attack by some for her support of gay marriage

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) launched a Twitter campaign today (14 June) to show support for country music singer Carrie Underwood who is being attacked by some fans because she recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage.

In a recent profile interview with British newspaper The Independent, the country singer said she believes, as a Christian, everyone has the right to ‘love publicly.'

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 28, 2012

Fox news analyst Monica Crowley  uses Twitter to apologize for homophobic Twitter comment

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley is walking back one of her tweets. On Thursday, 26 April,  she wondered about Sandra Fluke's announcement about being engaged.

'To a man,' the Fox News analyst asked on Twitter, as reported by the Huffington Post.

April 26, 2012

Will help users locate content more efficiently on Internet entertaiment site

Hulu is making it easier for visitors to find LGBT films and television shows on the popular internet entertainment site by giving them their own separate category heading for the first time.

Such acclaimed films as Latter Days, A Marine Story, The Crying Game, Velvet Goldmine, Come Undone and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk are available in the section as well as classic television fare including Queer as Folk, Tales of the City and The Big Gay Sketch Show.

April 24, 2012

80s popstar driven from Twitter and calls in lawyers

Boy George announced he is giving Twitter a break until his 'homophobic spam issue' is resolved.

Over the last few days the 80s popstar has been subjected to a string of tweets that sound like homophobic playground bullying. '@BoyGeorge wants ya penis' said one from Tory Fox (@Cornelia_573) from Georgia in the US. '@BoyGeorge lookup ya butt,' said another from Arnetta Siren (@Charise_769) in Nebraska, US.