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james charles youtube tati westbrook feud

Embattled beauty vlogger James Charles has denied harassment allegations made by former mentor Tati Westbrook in the pair’s viral feud. James Charles addressed the public falling-out with Westbrook that lost him millions of social media followers. Westbrook accused him of “manipulating” someone’s sexuality and promoting a rival product to hers. Charles said the previous week …

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james charles met gala instagram

Gay YouTube star James Charles has shed 2.7 million of his subscribers in just three days after a public spat with a fellow beauty vlogger. The US-based 19-year-old posts makeup tutorials and beauty reviews to YouTube and had amassed a following of over 16.5 million subscribers. In 2016, Charles became the first male ambassador for …

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Fitness man doing exercise in gym

A landmark new study by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Gay Bodies Worldwide, will track attitudes to body image among gay and bisexual men in several countries. The conversation around eating and body disorders has long focused on females, but experts are increasingly conscious of men developing an unhealthy obsession with gaining muscle, Melbourne …

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Indonesian gay muslim comic

An Instagram account featuring comics depicting gay Muslims’ struggles in Indonesia has been deleted following outrage from authorities in the country. The Indonesian-language comics, posted by user @Alpantuni, depicted a gay protagonist and explores his identity and the bigotry and abuse he faces for being gay in the country. The Ministry of Communications wrote to …

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Tumblr app on smartphone stock photo

By Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust, University of New South Wales The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced on Monday that from December 17 it will no longer host adult content on its platform. The Washington Post reported that the policy “removes one of the last major refuges for pornography on social media”. But the move will …

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Indonesian Trans Women

Police in Indonesia have arrested and charged two men who they allege operated an LGBTIQ social page on Facebook. Last Thursday, West Java police raided the house in Batununggal rented by the man, who allegedly created the “Gay Bandung” LGBTIQ Facebook page, the Straits Times reported. Police claimed the men had managed the account since …

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Facebook Rainbow

Facebook has allegedly targeted young LGBTIQ people with advertisements for harmful and discredited “gay conversion” practices. The social media giant uses sophisticated algorithms to deliver “micro-targeted” advertising to its users based on their online behaviours. But young LGBTIQ people have told the UK’s Telegraph of their distress at seeing ads promoting “sexual purity”. One of …

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A French artist has recreated Madonna looks with his dog Max

Madonna has been a cultural and fashion icon for people all over the world for decades and now even dogs are imitating the Queen of Pop. A French fashion photographer has raised the stakes on the dog Instagram game with the help of his golden retriever Max. Vincent Flouret’s new project “Maxdonna” recreates some of …

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SIr Elton John

Sir Elton John has called for a boycott of social media platforms to pressure the companies into tackling homophobic hate speech online. Speaking to the BBC, Elton said companies “haven’t done anything to try to stem the flow of hate on the internet.” He said a boycott would make the social media giants “sit up” …

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Shanghai Pride

Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has backed down from a controversial ban on online content “related to homosexuality” after outrage from the country’s internet users. The company, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, said on Friday that for the next three months it would be removing photos, videos, text and comics “with pornographic …

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