KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes. “The company says the new tool is a data-powered resource to help people see whether for-sale and rental listings are in communities where state and local regulations explicitly protect individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or anyone else in the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.”

Mashable: The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’

Mashable: The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’. “TikTok is notorious for its viral dances, lip synced ‘acting,’ and uncomfortably horny POV videos in which the user pretends to take the audience out on dates. But on another side of the platform, which algorithmically recommends content based on each user’s preferences, is ‘Alt TikTok.’ Also known as ‘Gay TikTok,’ ‘Beans TikTok,’ or ‘Elite TikTok,’ the subsect rejects mainstream trends in favor of surreal humor and alternative aesthetics. Shaped by the dredges of emo culture and the heavy Dadaist influence of its millennial predecessors, Alt TikTok embodies all that is queer.”

Mashable: How queer clubs are handling the first pandemic Pride

Mashable: How queer clubs are handling the first pandemic Pride. “Queer club owners who spoke to Mashable echoed similar sentiments about the loss of business and celebration this year, with all of them closed at some point due to the pandemic. Already some, like famed bar The Stud in San Francisco, have lost their space. Even the Stonewall Inn — where riots sparked the queer liberation movement — has an uncertain future.”

Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch (CNET)

CNET: Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch. “June marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month, and during a global pandemic, many traditional in-person celebrations are moving online. In honor of Pride Month, YouTuber EnglishSimmer will host a Virtual Pride Parade livestream on The Sims’ Twitch channel. Players can submit their best Sims from the life simulation game styled for Pride to potentially be featured in the parade.”

Silicon Angle: Niche dating app user data found exposed on misconfigured cloud instance

Silicon Angle: Niche dating app user data found exposed on misconfigured cloud instance. “The records of hundreds of thousands of users of a range of niche data apps have been exposed online in the latest case of a misconfigured cloud instance. Discovered by security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar at vpnMentor… the 845 gigabytes of data containing 2.5 million records related to dating apps, including 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD and Herpes Dating.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Is Considering Letting Creators Self-Limit The Reach Of Their Videos To Lessen Harassment

Tubefilter: YouTube Is Considering Letting Creators Self-Limit The Reach Of Their Videos To Lessen Harassment. “According to YouTube’s VP of creator products, Ariel Bardin, a substantial part of the platform’s efforts to make itself better for LGBTQ+ users involves seeking policymaking guidance from YouTubers in the LGBTQ+ community. To that end, in the latest Creator Insider upload, Bardin sits down for a half-hour interview with transgender creator, author, and activist Jackson Bird, giving him a chance to ‘ask me the tough hard-hitting questions and call bullshit on me when needed.'”

Google Blog: Providing Google. org support to LGBTQ+ organizations worldwide

Google Blog: Providing Google. org support to LGBTQ+ organizations worldwide. “Today Google.org is donating more than $1.2 million to over 70 local LGBTQ+ organizations around the world—many of which are located in cities around the world where Google is proud to call home. Read on to learn how some of these grantees are meeting heightened health, social and economic risks impacting LGBTQ+ communities during this time, providing year round resources and support, and celebrating Pride.”

SF Bay Times: FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Transgender & Queer Performance Goes Online!

SF Bay Times: FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Transgender & Queer Performance Goes Online!. “June 18–27, the 19th annual festival of transgender and queer performance comes into your home—offering five programs of dance, theater, and live music. All programs will be viewable on Vimeo, and all programs will be Closed Captioned for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing audiences…. What can audiences expect? Jaw-dropping vogue, gender-bending boy bands, transgender opera, sizzling hip-hop, gay ballroom stars, queer bomba dance & music, wordsmith poets, disabled dance pioneers, gravity-defying trapeze and more will take center stage at the 2020 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL.” The festival is free.

American Independent: LGBTQ businesses struggle as Pride events are canceled

American Independent: LGBTQ businesses struggle as Pride events are canceled. “Some events are continuing as scheduled but are functioning more as solidarity protests against police brutality, in line with the many anti-racism protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man killed last month by a white police officer. Other Pride organizers have turned their previous plans into virtual events to both celebrate Pride and stand against racism and police violence. But the sudden change in plans has shifted otherwise reliable revenue streams away from LGBTQ-owned businesses across the country, leaving many of them scrambling.”

The Next Web: Am I queer enough? How to find your Pride online

The Next Web: Am I queer enough? How to find your Pride online. “Before June, I was a technology journalist. Now I’m a queer journo. It’s not an official distinction. I’m not getting paid for it, but I sure am being taxed. My time is taxed when I’m forced to choose between using my voice to advance the struggle for queer equality or focusing on personal endeavors like my career and family. And my time is also taxed by bigots whether I ignore, engage, or attempt to educate them. It’s been 14 days, and if it weren’t for Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, and thousands of online reporters, bloggers, and activists I’d be lost already. I’m not even sure if I’m queer enough for Pride.”

India Express: MPs get ‘pink-listed’ in new digital archive

India Express: MPs get ‘pink-listed’ in new digital archive. “Out of India’s 543 MPs, only 151 have made public statements on LGBTQIA+ issues, according to a digital project called the State of the QUnion (SOTQ), billed as India’s largest queer political archive. SOTQ, an initiative by volunteer-run group Pink List India, tracks statements on queerness and queer rights made by Lok Sabha members.”

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality. “The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [has launched] an archive of reports, photos and videos… to celebrate the role of students in the 2015 marriage equality referendum…. It features details on the first time a USI president called for marriage equality – in 1977 – as well as how students’ unions pushed for exams to be moved so students could vote in the referendum.”

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination. “If you’re a full-time content creator trying to reach an audience, the Google algorithms can be brutal, especially if they seem to be discriminatory. That’s what a group of LGBTQ YouTubers is alleging in its suit against the tech giant, which finally went to its first hearing in a California court last week after months of delays.”

Pride in a Pandemic: The LGBTQ+ community adapts to coronavirus (Jerusalem Post)

Jerusalem Post: Pride in a Pandemic: The LGBTQ+ community adapts to coronavirus. “As Pride Month begins in the shadow of coronavirus around the world, LGBTQ+ organizations in Israel are preparing to celebrate the month without the traditional pride parades and events and with the newfound challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic.”