27th March 2013
Study: Six million users log onto Grindr an average of eight times a day 18
6:45 PM — Grindr is used by 6 million users who spend an hour and a half daily on average using the app, a study has found. The study by the location-based app also found that users log in eight times a day on average.
US: Bud Light beer comes out in support of equal marriage 1
4:47 PM — As part of a social media campaign to raise awareness and support for equal marriage, US beer company Bud Light, has offered its support to the cause, as the US Supreme Court considers arguments around two cases.
22nd March 2013
UK: Woman jailed for obtaining sexual consent of another woman ‘by fraud’ 34
12:36 PM — An 18-year-old woman has been jailed for three years on the grounds of obtaining the sexual consent of another woman “by fraud” because the victim thought she was male.
21st March 2013
Somalia: Man stoned to death for alleged sexual act with teenage boy 20
2:47 PM — Reports out of Somalia say a man has been stoned to death for carrying out an alleged sexual act with a 13-year-old boy.
20th March 2013
Facebook user suggests site read his text messages to know he was gay 26
1:00 AM — A Facebook user claimed that the site knew he was gay before he ever came out, or share the information, other than in a text message sent to a friend. Reports, however, suggest that an algorithm guessed he was gay from activity on other sites.
19th March 2013
Florida: State appeals court makes key ruling in Facebook gay hate case
2:57 PM — In an apparent first in Florida law, a state appeals court has ruled that posting threats on one's personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under state law.
12th March 2013
Study: Sexuality can be revealed by the type of music you ‘like’ on Facebook 12
2:48 PM — Information about sexuality can be revealed from the things you choose to ‘like’ on Facebook, a study suggests.
9th March 2013
US: City Council hopeful may lose place after allegations of using homophobic slurs 6
11:42 PM — A potential for the Glendale, California, City Council may be removed from his position on the city commission, and has already lost political support following accusations of using homophobic slurs online.
7th March 2013
US: Florist refused to provide flowers for gay couple’s wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’ 25
5:32 PM — A florist in Washington State has refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding because of her religious beliefs.
6th March 2013
US: Kiss-in protest planned against mall which ejected gay couple for kissing on the cheek 18
12:51 PM — A kiss-in is to take place on Saturday at a California shopping centre after a security guard allegedly asked a gay couple to leave for kissing each other on the cheek and holding hands.
27th February 2013
South African Pastor: Oscar Pistorius is ‘cursed’ for supporting gay rights 48
12:53 PM — A pastor in South Africa, who previously said Archbishop Desmond Tutu should should "burn in hell" for accepting gay people, now believes fallen Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius has been "cursed" for supporting gay rights.
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
20th February 2013
Comments featuring the word ‘gay’ mysteriously disappear off Gillette UK’s Facebook page 46
5:36 PM — Men’s shaving and grooming giant Gillette has launched an investigation after a PinkNews reader complained that non-offensive comments featuring the word “gay” were being erased from the company’s UK Facebook page.
18th February 2013
US: Republican senator attacks Illinois same-sex marriage bill as ‘discriminatory’ towards straight people 31
6:56 PM — Republican Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter took to his Facebook page last week and condemned the state Senate’s 34-21 vote approving a bill to try to legalise same-sex marriage.
13th February 2013
Facebook remove ‘Bareback’ sex page after it receives more than 20,000 likes 33
10:50 PM — Facebook have removed a page devoted to the practice of unprotected sex between consenting male partners, otherwise known as ‘barebacking’, after it received more than 20,000 likes.
12th February 2013
Indiana: Homophobic students and parents seek to ban gay classmates from attending prom 24
12:42 PM — A school in the US state of Indiana is in the spotlight after some students and parents urged for gay people to be banned from attending a prom.
8th February 2013
Gay husband of Facebook co-founder announces plan to run for US Congress 16
3:12 PM — Sean Eldridge, the gay husband of Facebook founder Chris Hughes, has announced plans to run for the US Congress in 2014.
1st February 2013
US: Facebook headquarters to host LGBT undergrad tech conference
6:13 PM — A conference to help LGBT tech students feel comfortable in the workplace and connect with major employers such as Facebook and Twitter will be held in California this weekend.
30th January 2013
Interview: Charlie Hides on becoming a YouTube drag sensation 6
7:02 PM — Having done shows for Sir Elton John and with 8.2m video views spread across 119 videos on his YouTube channel, Charlie Hides is bringing drag to the digital mainstream. Laurence Watts caught up with him for PinkNews.
29th January 2013
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.