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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.'

February 16, 2015

That's pretty unfortunate

Oh Louis Tomlinson from One Direction, what mess have you got yourself into now?

The singer from the British boyband caused a kerfuffle over the weekend after appearing in a Vine video where it appears he can be heard saying: 'I'm gay, it's pretty unfortunate'.

The fan, who captured the video, also captured other clips of Tomlinson with other members of the band in Australia.

The upload was captioned: 'JUST MET LOUIS AND LIAM DRUNK WTF'.

February 5, 2015

Blued gives 10 couples the best Valentines Day's gift ever

Blued is giving 10 gay couples the best gift Valentines Day gift ever.

The Chinese dating app is flying the lovers to the US for a group wedding and seven-day honeymoon.

The We Do! competition is sponsored by e-commerce company Taobao and supported by the Beijing LGBT Center, PFLAG and several Chinese celebrities and academics. These include The Voice of China contestant Momo Wu and sexologist Fang Gang.

January 30, 2015

He was also fined £15,000

Soccer star Robert Huth will serve a two match ban after posting transphobic messages on Twitter.

The Stoke City defender admitted he breached Football Association rules after comments he made on social media.

In January earlier this year, he responded to a Twitter account 'Cock Or No Cock' which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.

The 30-year-old German apologized, saying: 'Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone, but apologies if I've offended anyone.'

January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

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 16, 2015

Family tree depicts two fathers with four children

A Malaysian publisher has apologized for a school textbook that featured a family tree depicting two fathers with four children under the heading Harmonious Family.

The diagram made the rounds on social media after a photo was posted on Facebook, with commenters wondering how it passed censors or if it was a misprint.

Publishers Penerbitan Bagus confirmed Wednesday (12 January) that the inclusion of a gay couple in the year-four history book, Temanku DSKP Sejarah Tahun 4, was unintentional.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

The two women, wearing custom-made T-shirts, took to Reddit to announce the news of their forthcoming child

A Reddit user has posted a photo announcing that she and her partner are to become moms.

Titled ‘A nontraditional baby announcement for a nontraditional family’, user MeggoEggo1’s photo features her and her partner in custom-made T-shirts, with one bearing the words, ‘I’m pregnant’, and the other – MeggoEggo1 herself – carrying the slogan, ‘I’m not the father’.

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.

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.

January 2, 2015

Transgender teen posted two heartbreaking notes on account before commiting suicide

The erasure of every trace of Leelah Alcorn's short life online continued today with the apparent removal, from Tumblr, of her 'satan's wifey' account.

It was from here, earlier this week, that the Ohio teen posted two notes shortly before her death, claiming that her parents' refusal to accept that she was transgender made it impossible for her to continue to live. 

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

January 1, 2015

‘Towel mom’ throws an obstruction in front of the TV to protect her son from nudity. Her son is aged 22.

When Reddit user DantesInfernape took a photo of his mother on Sunday night and posted it on Reddit, he probably had no idea that he was going to turn her into an internet star.

The photograph showed his mom holding towel over a TV screen; the reason for behavior was explained in the caption.

'There were boobs on-screen, so my mother took action. I am a 22 year old gay man.'

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 11, 2014

'I bow my head and apologize for the anxiety I have caused'

The mayor of Seoul will meet the LGBTI protesters who occupied city hall for five consecutive days over his scrapping of a human rights charter.

A coalition of 20 groups started the sit-in on Saturday demanding an apology and face-to-face meeting with Mayor Park Won-soon.

Park agreed to the meeting yesterday on Human Rights Day, the date the charter was supposed to be enacted.

December 10, 2014

Conchita Wurst, Pentatonix and Tyler Oakley all star

YouTube has revealed its biggest and best trending videos of 2014, and it turns out it was a very gay year.

From kids reacting to gay marriage to Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision, stars have come together to create the ultimate viral video.

Vlogger Tyler Oakley goes Anaconda, a capella group Pentatonix (with its two gay members) sing Let It Go, and a lot of people get wet in the ice bucket challenge.

The 'first kiss' videos are also referenced with two men being the 'strangers' about to make out.

December 7, 2014

The Russian government owned Rossia 1 television network screened a ‘documentary’ in November about the supposed moral degradation of America and Europe caused by LGBTI equality

Russian state owned media has aired a 90 minute ‘documentary’ in which it is claimed that it is normal in America for parents to decorate their children's bedrooms with sexually explicit images and for young kids to be asked to choose which gender they want to be.

The episode of Special Correspondent screened on the Rossia 1 television network in November and warned of what it called ‘gender fascism’ in the West - which it claimed was seeing children taken away from parents who still had traditional values.

November 29, 2014

The @UKIPEastLondon has posted vile tweets calling gay people ‘poofters and Nancy boys. Dykes, trannies and general scum’

‘God doesn’t agree with homosexuality and neither should you,’ is an example of a tweet sent by a vile Twitter account associated with the UK Independence Party.

Rightwing political party UKIP have attempted to distance themselves from a Twitter feed, @UKIPEastLondon, which has been spewing homophobic and racist tweets.

Under a picture of Jesus was the caption: ‘He didn't die for Queers, nonces and left-wing culturally Marxist perverts. Wake up Britain and grasp the truth!’

The comments were met with shocked comments and anger from Twitter users.

November 24, 2014

Ass Hunter lets players shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you

Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.

Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).

The game description reads, 'Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!

'Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.

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'.

November 23, 2014

Anti-gay pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church posted a video to Twitter that had been reedited and set to animation to make him appear to come out with no explanation

Anti-gay New York preacher Pastor James David Manning, who made headlines with his claim that Starbucks puts semen in their coffee to attract gay men, has now appeared to out himself after a fashion.

On 19 November Manning posted an animated video to Twitter by Herd Mentality Podcast’s Adam Reakes which Reakes had selectively edited the audio of to make it seem that Manning was calling himself a ‘homosexual sodomite.’

November 8, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

October 24, 2014

Dangdang is the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce company has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral.

The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing on Tuesday uploaded the advert to his Weibo account - the Chinese version of Twitter - anyway, making Dangdang the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love.’

The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.