Gay Los Angeles: The Latest

W.Va. Lesbians Allegedly Called 'An Abomination' by County Clerk

NEWS | By Winnie McCroy | Feb 11
When a lesbian couple from West Virginia went to get their marriage license last week, they were dismayed and humiliated to find that it came with a message of condemnation from the deputy clerk that issued it.

Even Before Controversy, Blacks Cool to Oscars Telecast

NEWS | By David Bauder | Feb 11
The largest black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards.

Detroit Youth Passages Paper Documents Social Stigma on Vulnerable Youth

NEWS | Feb 11
Detroit Youth Passages research suggests that those who reside in socially and economically marginalized places may be marked by a 'stigma of place' that influences their sense of self, daily experiences, and relations with outsiders.

Italian Pol Evokes Holocaust, Allegedly Says He'd Send a Gay Son to Furnace

NEWS | Feb 11
As the battle over civil unions for LGBT couples in Italy continues, a rightwing senator is making headlines for allegedly saying that he would burn his son if he were gay.

Young Adults Swipe Right on Tinder, But is It Just a Game?

NEWS | By Tali Abrel | Feb 11
Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

Gay Imam Helps Young Muslims Balance Religion, Sexuality

NEWS | By Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Greg Keller | Feb 11
Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.

Rentboy.com CEO Reportedly Working to Cut Deal on Charges

NEWS | Feb 11
The former CEO of Rentboy.com is reportedly working on cutting a plea deal after he plead not guilty Wednesday to charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-Sex Emoticons

NEWS | By Niniek Karmini | Feb 11
Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

PopUps: Sam Smith's Slim Look Has Fans Concerned

ENTERTAINMENT | Feb 11
U.K. pop-soul singer Sam Smith has shed a lot of weight since the start of his career. So much so that some fans are concerned about his appearance.

Save the Whales By Watching Gay Porn

NEWS | Feb 11
The porn video-sharing website Pornhub launched a new campaign this week, urging people to help save the whales (including sperm whales!) by watching ample amounts of porn, BuzzFeed reports.


Business

Companies Lose Billions Buying Back Their Own Stock

FINANCE | By Bernard Condon, Matthew Craft | Feb 11
If you think your stocks are doing poorly, check out the performance of some of the most sophisticated investors, the ones with more knowledge about what's going on inside businesses than anyone else: Companies that buy their own shares.


Technology

Agencies Contend Facebook is Breaching French Privacy Laws

PERSONAL TECH | By Philippe Sotto | Feb 11
Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.


Cars

Toyota Recalls Scion FR-S to Fix Ignition Key Problem

AUTO NEWS | Feb 11
Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand is recalling about 28,000 FR-S sports cars in North America because drivers can take the keys out of the ignition without the car being in park.


Style

Saint Laurent Palladium Show Features Glam Androgynous Style

FASHION | By Sandy Cohen | Feb 11
Bow-neck blouses aren't strictly for women anymore. Couture clothing designer Saint Laurent presented the feminine style - in silk, leather and sequins - for both genders at its rock 'n' roll-inspired runway show Wednesday in Los Angeles.


Travel

Travel New & Now: Shanghai Disneyland, Leap Year Specials, and TSA

By Beth J. Harpaz | Feb 11
This week's travel news includes the forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort, Leap Year travel deals, and tips on traveling with bug spray to Zika-affected countries.


Nightlife

Mardi Gras Season Rolls into Last Big Weekend in New Orleans

SPECIAL EVENTS | By Bill Fuller | Feb 7
The Mardi Gras season entered its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before its end at midnight Fat Tuesday, when Ash Wednesday ushers in the period of Lent leading to Easter.