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Gay Dads' Family Photo Causes Outrage on Twitter

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This photo of gay fathers Kaleb and Kordale, posted to their Instagram account (along with lots of cute others) is making headlines after it reportedly stirred up a ridiculous heap of anti-gay outrage on Twitter from people offended by two black men taking care of their children.

Wrote the pair on Instagram:

Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30 am making breakfast getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30 .This is a typical day in our household . It's not easy but we enjoy every moment and eveny minute of #fatherhood . #proudfathers #blackfathers #prouddads #gaydads

KordaleMusedMag first noted the uproar, as well as positive comments which mostly took the form of "Finally, a black gay couple"

Writes Beyond Steven:

Are we that sheltered from black gay couples that the general public doesn’t think they exist? But, can you blame them? There is hardly an image of “gay” love that features people of color. In the heat of  national marriage equality campaigns, if you google black gay couple you get bunch of Tumblr links. This is not like the in-depth articles when you google the opposite. It’s almost like black gay couples don’t exist – but we do.

The couple released a statement to the Huffington Post which reads, in part:

As far as the positive; yes we are two gay men with three kids who have no problem with preparing them for their education every morning; that comes with anything and everything they may need for school! Our kids are blessed to have three parents (Kordale, Kaleb and their Mother) who love, care and support them in every decision they have made and will continue to make as they get older. We are blessed to have the ability to provide for them in ways that a lot of people cannot for their family, which ultimately makes us happy knowing that they don't want for much! Our main objective as parents is to provide, love, educate, support, encourage, and love some more!

In regard to the negative, people fail to realize that we are people too with kids who love us. We do what is necessary for them to succeed in this ever-changing world but it's sad that we're discriminated against because of our sexuality and/or what we do behind closed doors -- which is no one's business. In the same breath, we take all of what's been said in stride. The picture was put out on social media for an opinion so we can't be mad when people give just that: an opinion. People tend to think that gay people cannot raise their children to be heterosexuals. Instead, they have derogatory thoughts of us "tainting" our children or "confusing them" with what society sees deems as wrong an unmanly because we're gay. But this is all comical because people forget where a lot of gays come from: a heterosexual household.


'Top Gear' Host Jeremy Clarkson Under Fire for 'Gay' Twitter Pic

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Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the UK's car show Top Gear, posted a photo on Twitter his friends had taken of him after he had fallen asleep on a plane.

A piece of paper with the words "gay c--t" scrawled on it was held near Clarkson's head.

The Independent reports:

The famously acerbic TV personality then shared the image on his Twitter account alongside the caption: "Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane."

After attracting a barrage of protesting tweets, the 53-year-old removed the message, posting instead: "I have deleted my last tweet and would like to apologise profusely to anyone who I upset while I was asleep."

However, it is unclear whether Clarkson posted the picture himself, or whether that too was a practical joke played by his ‘hilarious’ Top Gear co-stars.


Tom Daley Endures Homophobic Abuse on Twitter After Coming Out

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Some of the homophobic abuse Tom Daley has endured on Twitter since sharing the news that he's dating a guy earlier today, below.

Of course he has received support too.

He tweets:

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Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves, Again: VIDEO

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Last night Jimmy Kimmel returned to one of his best segments, in which celebrities read the ugly trolling that has been done to them on Twitter.

Last night's featured John Krasinski, Kevin James, Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Stone, Nick Offerman, Jason Biggs, Amy Poehler, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Paul, Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kevin Bacon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Larry David.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Australian Right-Winger Demands Resignation Of Gay U.S. Ambassador John Berry: VIDEO

RealjohnberryPeter Madden, a member of the Family First party in Tasmania and former Senate candidate, has called for the resignation of John Berry, the United States Ambassador to Australia. Berry (right), the former director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, secured the position in August after President Obama's June nomination.

As Towleroad previously reported, he is the first openly gay person to hold an ambassador position for a G-20 country.  

The Herald Sun reports on Madden's concerns:

Mr Berry, who is openly gay, introduced himself to the nation via a YouTube video last month in which he referred to his partner, Curtis Yee, as his spouse.

The couple have been together for 17 years and married in Washington DC in August.

But on Twitter, Mr Madden said Mr Berry's use of the term "spouse" was "a clear and deliberate contravention of Aus law".

The right-winger took to Twitter to vent his frustration early this morning:

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Australia has not yet legalized same-sex marriage, a fact which, according to Madden, should be used to oust Berry from his position. Will Berry respond, or is this sort of rabble-rousing useless to fight back against? 

Watch the offending video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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French Anti-Gay Hashtag Prompts Lawsuit Against Twitter

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An anti-gay hashtag, roughly translated to "#GaysMust[Die/Disappear]Because", made its way to the top "trend" in France over the weekend. According to the entity behind the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHO, almost 10,000 tweets were posted using the fiercely homophobic hashtag, approximately 900 of which called directly for gay people to be murdered.

Such strong, troublesome, and widespread language has prompted IDAHO to file complaints in both France and California, calling for a removal of those and future offensive tweets. The group has also announced that it plans to file a second suit, which will call for the release of the user information of offending accounts to French authorities and ensure the proper investigation of the country's new anti-hate speech law. Alexandre Marcel of IDAHO told France's The Local that:

"This is a completely blatant call for the death and murder of gay people. It is totally unacceptable...Could you imagine being a 17 or 18-year-old gay person logging on to Twitter ... and seeing messages that call for you to be killed?" 

Trolling trollsAccording to the English and French language editions of the Huffington Post, the above-named hashtag also gave way to many others like it shortly thereafter, including "#SiMonFilsEstGay (If My Son Is Gay), #TeamHomophobe and, most recently, #BrulonsLesGaysSurDu (Burn Gays On The)." Luckily, Twitter has already complied with requests similar to the ones filed by IDAHO, although the company has yet to comment on this most recent set of complaints. French LGBT rights advocates have also launched a counteroffensive campign on the microblogging site, flooding these and similar hashtags with as many pro-LGBT remarks as possible. 

Twitter, has a company, has repeatedly expressed a desire to encourage free speech with the fewest amount of interruptions possible. The company has adopted policies prohibiting "violent threats" as well as "targeted harassment", but not explicitly any form of hate speech. It is not yet clear if Twitter has complied with previous requests due to violation of their own policies, or due to some other sort of legal obligation. Thus far, Twitter has yet to take any similar action against the anti-gay hate speech being tweeted in the United States


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