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France fines Twitter users for sending tweets advocating anti-gay violence

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Three French Twitter users were fined this week for sending tweets that included homophobic hashtags. It's the first time a French court has handed out convictions for homophobic abuse on Twitter. ...

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19-year-old Wis. assembly candidate apologizes for Tweet calling gays ‘fags’

Monday, September 15, 2014
Jacob Dorsey
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- A 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly has apologized for describing gays as "fags" in a Christmas day Twiiter post expressing disapproval over a same-sex marriage ruling. Five months before announcing his candidacy, Jacob Dorsey ...

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Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie crashes Twitter

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres, APThis image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. ...

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Twitter gaffes from Utah lawmakers stoke criticism of transphobia

Monday, February 3, 2014
Jake Anderegg
SALT LAKE CITY -- The leader of the Utah Senate and another state lawmaker are apologizing Monday after tweets sent from their accounts earlier in the day were criticized as transphobic and insensitive. ...

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San Antonio WNBA player Sophia Young speaks out against same-sex marriage

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sophia Young
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- WNBA player Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars was among the hundreds of protesters who rallied Tuesday against proposed updates to the city's non-discrimination ordinance that would add protections on the basis of sexual ...

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over ...

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Scotland man ordered to pay $61K for calling teacher a pedophile on Twitter

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Courtesy: Jaye Richards-HillThis 2012 mock wedding between Jaye (left) and Ruth Richards-Hill in front of the Scottish Parliament sparked a 3-month cyber-bullying campaign against the participants.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Scotland man accused of using Twitter to call a former school headmaster and adviser to the Scottish government a pedophile because she campaigned for marriage equality, has been ordered to pay her £40,000 (about $61,000 USD) ...

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Madonna, Lady Gaga could face charges in Russia for violating visas

Monday, August 5, 2013
Madonna (left) and Lady Gaga
MOSCOW -- Madonna and Lady Gaga, two of the biggest pop stars in the world, could face charges in Russia over allegations that they violated their tourist visas when they held concerts there last year, but observers say the warning ...

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‘Cosby’ kid, ‘That’s so Raven’ star Raven-Symone comes out on Twitter

Friday, August 2, 2013
Raven-Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show," and later starred in the Disney Channel sitcom "That's so Raven," indicated publicly for the first time on Friday that she is a lesbian. ...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita marry in New York

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APJustin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
NEW YORK -- "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married his partner, attorney Justin Mikita in New York City on Saturday. ...

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