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March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

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).

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

October 2, 2014

Social media giant had lost users over enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook on Wednesday (1 October) apologized for enacting a real names policy last month that had banned drag performers from the practice of using their stage names on their profiles.

The social media giant now plans to work on building new tools to authentication tools to use in verifying accounts that are flagged for being fake.

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 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

September 1, 2014

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will erode your trust in the rest of society

We all know that compulsively checking Facebook everyday may not be the healthiest thing in the world, but it turns out it may be doing more damage than we thought.

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will threaten your well-being by eroding your trust in the rest of society.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

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 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

June 15, 2014

'In contrast to the solid, nuanced briefings we created on the ground, the news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications'

In an op-ed for the New York Times, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning alleges the media is not reporting the complexities of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

May 20, 2014

Carlotta Trevisan posted a picture of two lesbians and two soccer stars kissing to support gay rights, and Facebook deleted her profile claiming the picture violated their community standards

A Facebook user had her account deleted after posting a picture of two lesbians and two soccer players kissing to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Facebook have since claimed the deleting of her profile was a mistake and had nothing to do with the photo.

Carlotta Trevisan, 28, from Turin, Italy posted the picture in support of gay equality on her profile on 15 May.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

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 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.