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How Tumblr's adult content crackdown could alienate users
Tumblr says it is banning images and videos that feature "adult content," including pornography, from its platform. The change, which will start December 17, threatens to alienate some of the blogging website's most active communities.
The company said Monday that it will no longer allow any images or videos of sex acts, nor will it allow "real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples." It will make exceptions for non-sexual content, including breastfeeding photos and "health-related situations," such as sex-reassignment surgeries and mastectomies.
This pop star has been accused by over 50 men of blackmail after they hooked up
Over 50 men have filed criminal complaints against pop singer Bulut Duman for allegedly using their sexual orientation to blackmail them over the last several years.
The complaints have been filed in several provinces in Turkey by government workers, engineers, doctors, and even the nephew of a former Minister.
Founder of alt-right ‘Proud Boys’ defends calling victims ‘fa***ts’ during vicious beatdown
Gavin McInnes, the founder of the alt-right group “Proud Boys,” defended using the word “faggot” while beating people up.
On Friday, after McInnes gave a speech in New York City, several fights broke out between his supporters and anti-fascist (antifa) counter-protestors.
In video that has gone viral, around 15 Proud Boys and skinheads can be seen beating up and kicking a protestor while he’s on the ground.
One of the assailants can be heard shouting, “You’re not so brave now, faggot.”
Thousands delete ride sharing app because of its support for LGBTI people
Philadelphia Archbishop: ‘Joy and wholeness’ requires denying existence of LGBTQ Catholics
In rare campaign for Cuba, churches advocate against gay marriage
Gay man arrested after stabbing boyfriend for refusing 'second round of sex'
A gay man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his boyfriend.
Police are accusing a 23-year-old of stabbing his 46-year-old partner for refusing a ‘second round of sex’.
The incident happened Wednesday morning (19 September) in Pune city, India.
‘On Tuesday night, the accused visited the complainant and they had sex,’ a police official in Khadak said.
‘When the complainant again wanted to have sex in the morning, the accused refused, which led to a fight.’
Gay Star News
Man pleads guilty to blindfolding straight men and tricking them into gay porn
Men Lured to Oklahoma City Home via Grindr, Then Robbed at Gunpoint
Hours after raping a gay man, the attacker was killed in a shootout with police
UK Home Office to split this British-American gay couple, suggests they move to Canada
Conservative journalist tries to humiliate 11-year-old drag kid, but it blows up in his face
11 Black Men Share Stories About Encountering Racism Within The Gay Community
2. "They've forced me into having anal sex several times and said that 'black people can handle the pain better.'"
Some white guys say that they don't like 'dark guys' (this term is awful) because of taste or because their dicks are too big for them. Some friends have hooked up with me thinking only about the chance to see a big dick or because they imagine that black guys are better in bed. They've played with my hair and 'complimented' me on my sexual performance because I'm black. They've also forced me into having anal sex several times and said that 'black people can handle the pain better.' —Rafael Porto, 25 years old.
Australia is the nicest racist country you will ever see
Barry Jenkins was indirectly called the N-word during “Moonlight” Oscar campaign
Why Is Star Wars’ Inclusiveness Getting So Much Hate Now, When It Was Celebrated in the Past?
Can Grindr Make Itself Less Racist?
Gay men are turning to Grindr chats for mental health support
As funding for mental health care is declining, many are finding new ways to get the support they need. One such avenue is Grindr, the gay hookup app.
Funding has not kept pace with health care needs: while LGBTQ people face a higher incidence of mental health issues, including attempted suicide, health care options remain limited. Attacks of the Affordable Care Act will likely only weaken opens in the United States.
On top of that, many in the LGBTQ community may not feel comfortable coming out, even to a health care professional, for fear of ill-treatment or due to unresolved feelings of shame or guilt.
Grindr Suggests It Will Tackle Sexual Racism with 'Kindr'
The LGBTQ dating app Grindr sent out a cryptic message on its social media accounts this week, suggesting it will be tackling sexual racism with a new program called Kindr.
"It's time to play nice. Dropping September 2018," the company tweeted last Friday. The message also linked to a website: Kindr.grindr.com.
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This guy is suing Grindr for allowing discrimination against Asians
An Asian man says he plans to sue Grindr for racial discrimination.
Sinakhone Keodara is the CEO and founder of the Asian Entertainment Television company. He recently announced on social media that he’s organizing a class action lawsuit against the hookup app.
In the post, Keodara says that Grindr allows “white gay men to write in their profiles ‘no Asians’, ‘not interested in Asians’: or ‘I don’t find Asians attractive’,” which, he believes, leads to people feeling “offended, humiliated, degraded and dehumanised” by the app.
It's official: Grindr makes people unhappy when they use it too much
A tech-based organization, Time Well Spent, revealed Grindr as the number one app that make users unhappy.
Tristan Harris, a former Google employee, founded the organization. It focuses on studying the effects of mobile devices and apps. More specifically, how they create obsessive use to the detriment of the quality of life.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Harris wrote: ‘The ultimate freedom is a free mind, and we need technology that’s on our team to help us live, feel, think and act freely. … People’s time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.’
Do apps leave you happy or in regret?
Time Well Spent recently published a ranking of apps, based on their happy and unhappy rankings.
Gay Star News
Chris Cuomo: 'We come from the shitholes'
CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo recalled his own immigrant roots Thursday in responding to President Donald Trump's vulgar comments disparaging immigrants from "shithole" countries, saying he himself remained "profoundly connected" to his roots, as a second-generation American.
"We do come from the hard-hit places," said Cuomo, speaking on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time." "The shitholes, as our President likes to say."
Cuomo said his own grandparents came from a country -- Italy -- that was once considered a "shithole" by people like the President.
Celebrating otherness in Trump's America
Google ‘fixed’ its racist algorithm by removing gorillas from its image-labeling tech
What Serena Williams's Birth Story Says About Racism in Health Care
Police: Aryan Nations member shot officer in Tennessee, fled
Ohio Mom Wants Teacher Fired For Telling Her Son He Might Be Lynched
He showed up at my house after I 'met' him on a dating app. I was freaked out
Last fall I did some chatting on a dating app with a guy I hoped to meet. He had a job, he had an adorable pooch—and he was friends with people I knew in the flesh. So I gave him my cell number and asked him to call me about 10 p.m. that night. “What could go wrong?” I asked myself.
Here’s what: Just after 10 he texted that he was at a restaurant around the corner—and he pulled into my driveway two minutes later. “How did you know where I live?” I asked. “That was easy – you gave me your phone number,” he said nonchalantly as I told him to leave, which (fortunately) he did. But the episode freaked me out.
Gender fluid: Grindr isn’t just for gay men any longer
Grindr, the popular hookup app for gay men, has gone genderfluid to be more inclusive of transgender people and women. A new update being pushed out this week will add more options for users to self identify their gender and choose their pronouns.
The update was done to make the app more trans-friendly. The company announced the changes, made in conjunction with input from users and the National Center for Transgender Equality, at the end of Transgender Awareness Week.
Twitter Suspends Verifying Accounts After Giving White Supremacist a Blue Checkmark
Twitter has suspended its account verification policy after it came under fire for giving a coveted blue checkmark used to establish authenticity of identities to Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the deadly Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.
The social media company announced the news on Thursday, a day after Kessler’s verification was granted.
“Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance,” Twitter said in a statement on its support account. “We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon.”
The Argument for Not Shaming Guys Who Are Discreet on Gay Apps
I like seeing pictures of men before I have sex with them. I don’t think that’s shallow. Neither do I think that’s asking too much on gay apps. And, yes, I absolutely am judging you based on your pictures and appearance — especially when our interaction is going to be strictly sexual, I need to know if I am attracted to you. That’s going to heavily influence whether I want to have sex with you and whether I will enjoy having sex with you. (Obviously, right?)
Of course, there are some men who don’t want to send pics of their face because they aren’t out to everyone. These men often refer to themselves as being on the “down-low” (DL) or will say they’re “discreet.” (Please note the spelling, as discrete means something different, guys.)
LGBT Twitter Is Back With A Halloween Hashtag
LGBT Twitter has been on a roll with cute hashtags lately, and now they're back in time for Halloween with the hashtag #SpookyLGBT. People have been sharing photos of themselves with Halloween costumes and decorations, accompanied by funny (if also cheesy) puns like "bisexual more like BOOsexual" and "I was a gaylien last year." But the best one is probably "My name isn’t casper, but you could be my boo."