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April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

March 12, 2014

The University of Missouri defensive lineman promises proceeds from the sale of merchandise will be donated

Michael Sam, the out National Football League draft prospect, is selling merchandise on his website.

According to Outsports  T-shirts and buttons, with the phrase 'Stand with Sam', can be purchased michaelsam.com.

The athlete's agents, Joe Barkett and Cameron Weiss, told Outsports the decision to sell the products was  due to customer demand.

March 4, 2014

Awards telecast scores its highest ratings in 14 years while her live post-Oscar  show nabs highest ratings ever for daytime gabfest

The Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Academy Awards telecast - complete with Twitter-busting selfies and pizza - scored the highest ratings for any Oscar show since 2000.

Sunday's Oscars attracted 47.3 million viewers - up 8% from last year's telecast hosted by Seth Macfarlane.

But Ellen-fever did not stop there.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 27, 2014

He tells fans: 'I am so humbled; so grateful for your outpouring of love and support'

Determined to make an album without a record label, Steve Grand turned to his fans for help.

They came through.

In just 17 hours, the goal of $85,000 was raised through Grand's Kickstarter campaign.

The total has since climbed to past $115,000.

In a Facebook message, Grand described himself as 'speechless.'

February 8, 2014

Lesbian BBC reporter Clare Balding has responded to tweets attacking her coverage of the Winter Olympics 

Lesbian BBC sports presenter Clare Balding hits back at Twitter trolls attacking her for going to work at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Balding, 43, faced criticism, some of it homophobic, after it was revealed she would be part of the team covering the Olympics.

Some felt she should use the opportunity to speak out against anti-gay Russia whereas others thought she agreed to go to Sochi purely for the money.

One Twitter user said: ‘principles before profit time?’

January 28, 2014

Former Growing Pains star has growing history of anti-gay remarks

Kirk Cameron, best known for the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, is expressing outrage against the televised marriage ceremonies of 33 gay and straight couples during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (26 January).

January 22, 2014

Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused the social media website of not dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism

Twitter is being accused of not dealing with homophobic by former soccer star Stan Collymore.

After being targeted by internet trolls on account of his race, he has said the social media website has become a ‘vacuum’ for hatred.

The broadcaster retweeted several offensive messages he received after suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have earned a penalty after diving in Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.

January 20, 2014

Twitter users accused The Apprentice business magnate of using sexuality as an insult

Lord Alan Sugar is being accused of homophobia after asking a Twitter user when he planned to ‘come out’.

The Apprentice star and business magnate responded to an inflammatory message directed to him, saying he was ‘thick as shit’.

He tweeted out to his 3.2 million followers, asking whether he and his friend were planning on coming out as gay.

The Labour peer said: ‘Your twitter pic.. When are you 2 coming out ?’

January 20, 2014

Owners say they were practicing their constitutional right to religious freedom

The civil rights of a lesbian couple in Oregon were violated when a bakery refused to make their wedding cake, according to a state investigation.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries found that Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against Portland couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman. Both parties must now undergo settlement talks.

January 19, 2014

Law authorities arrest Mitchell Munro Taylor on suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

A suspect is being held for leaving threatening posts on the Facebook page of Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested this past Thursday (16 January), two days after Murray's staff discovered approximately 20 anti-gay notes.

'Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,' one of the Facebook posts said, according to the Associated Press.

January 7, 2014

'It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, "Yes, I said all those things, please end my career now"'

Chris Kluwe, the former NFL punter who has made explosive allegations of homophobia against a former coach, says he's not surprised he's being called a liar.

‘Well, you know, it’s not like he’s going to come out and say, yes, I said all those things, please end my career now,' Kluwe told CNN's Anderson Cooper of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

January 4, 2014

The Cockney actor told bigots 'where to put their opinions'

Cockney actor Danny Dyer has taken a stand against the homophobic reaction of a recent Eastenders storyline.

 

The Football Factory actor, who recently joined the British soap opera, found himself at the end of a barrage of hateful messages on Twitter following an emotional scene on last night's episode (3 January).

 

December 25, 2013

Tweets Ellen: 'I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you'

A happy Ellen DeGeneres woke up on Christmas Day and shared this upbeat message with her 24.2 million followers on Twitter: 'It's Christmas! I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you.'

The popular talk show host was among the LGBTI celebrities who shared holiday greetings on social media.

Alan Cumming, one of the stars of TV's The Good Wife, is suffering from a cold in style. He tweeted a photo of a gorgeous view with this message: 'Happy everything to everyone! I'm in the bath with a cold and a glass of champagne.'

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.

December 7, 2013

The story of Dayna Morales being stiffed a tip because of her sexuality went viral; now she is suspended from her job because it looks like it was all a hoax

Dayna Morales

Dayna Morales, the New Jersey waitress at the center of a news item that appears to be all fiction, is returning some of the donations given to her.

The Facebook page Have a Gay Day has received notes that a few donors have seen their money replaced in PayPal accounts.

December 3, 2013

2 million Chinese gay men are now using the dating app Blued just a year after it launched, with designers now planning a sister app for lesbians

Chinese language gay dating app Blued has collected 2 million users in its first year since launching and now plans to launch Pinkd to capture the smart phone dating market for Chinese lesbians.

Blued launched in August of 2012 for both Apple and Android devices and as well as allowing users to chat and swap photos it also allows them to share content from Chinese language social media such as Weibo (often dubbed China’s Twitter) and Tencent QQ.

November 27, 2013

Dean Sheremet tweets to ex-wife: 'Being gay isn't offensive, not standing up for the truth is'

LeAnn Rimes is no stranger to Twitter wars.

But usually she's engaged in one with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville who used to be married to Rhimes' husband, Eddie Cibrian.

Rimes recently found herself in a Twitter controversy with her ex, TV chef Dean Sheremet, who she left in 2010 to be with Cibrian.

On Saturday (23 November), @DaGiggleFactory tweeted: 'remember the good old days when @leannrimes was just a chubby country bumpkin married to a gay dude? #neverforget'

November 27, 2013

Jailed US WikiLeaks mole gives thanks for true justice pioneers like Harvey Milk, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King

Chelsea Manning has revealed she is thankful for true 'justice pioneers' like Harvey Milk this Thanksgiving.

Though usually ‘hesitant’ to celebrate Thanksgiving, the jailed WikiLeaks mole says she is thankful for people who look behind the holiday’s idyllic story and dare to ask ‘probing, even dangerous’ questions.

‘I’m thankful for such people,’ she said in Time magazine.

November 19, 2013

Michael Drougas says he has not received a single negative reaction after coming out 'on my own terms'

When Michael Drougas won the Virginia AA State high school championship last year, people knew he was a good tennis player.

What they did not know is that he is gay.

Now they do because the Salem High School senior decided to come out on Twitter in a lengthy post that he says so far has not resulted in a single negative reaction.

November 14, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one (or more) memorable photo.

Sarah and Laura sent us this photo from their visit to Russia.

'We went to Moscow a few years ago, and it was beautiful,' said the girls.

'It was really interesting being in a country that was SO different from where we are from - there were guards everywhere!

November 1, 2013

US Wikileaks mole is being forced to dress as a man in a men's security prison

Wikileaks mole Chelsea Manning has threatened to take the US Army to court over their refusal to let her transition.

The former Army private came out as trans publicly after it was announced she would serve a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 secret military documents while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.  

Manning is currently being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks, a men’s military prison.

Prison officials are also forcing Manning to dress as a man.