May 142013
 
USA - New app lets you boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto and more by scanning your shopping cart

In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch [...]

May 142013
 
USA - 'Geography of Hate' maps racist, homophobic, ableist tweets

Twitter has the capacity to ignite revolutions and enable small acts of kindness, but there’s also a darker side to the microblogging network. Floating Sheep, a group of geography academics, created the “Geography of Hate,” which maps racist, homophobic and ableist tweets in the U.S. After searching for all geotagged tweets in North America between June 2012 and April [...]

May 142013
 
China - Shanghai celebrates Pride, June 14th to 22nd

This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride5 in recognition of its fifth anniversary, will take place from 14th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance. Run by volunteers from [...]

May 142013
 
Ukraine - Parliament drops gay anti-discrimination bill as hundreds protest against it

A bill to protect gay Ukrainian workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation has been dropped by the country’s parliament, as hundreds of anti-gay protesters gathered to demonstrate against it. Ukraine’s Parliament postponed the measure indefinitely. It had been backed by the European Union, and was up for a vote on Tuesday. The law [...]

May 142013
 
Russia - Homophobic murder: Two detained after man is beaten and tortured to death in anti-gay attack in Volgograd

A 23-year-old man has been tortured to death in southern Russia, in what investigators are calling a homophobic attack. The severely beaten, naked body of the as-yet-unnamed victim was found in an apartment building in the southern city of Volgograd (pictured) on Saturday, suffering numerous injuries and mutilations. Two men have been detained in connection [...]