Grindr, the world’s most popular hook-up app, asked its gay male user base to identify the top people, stories, trends and events of the year. Members were also asked for their 2014 predictions. The winners are:
U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky announced their support.
Former President George W. Bush has used his newly publicized love of painting to create a bird image for a 2013 commemorative Christmas ornament.
Bush, who lives in Dallas, appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno recently to show his art and talk about how much he enjoys painting.
Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame.
The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing's photo shows the tan SUV with a cardboard cutout of Palin in the driver's seat.
PolitiFact is expected to announce next week the “winner” of the biggest Lie of the Year contest, which names the most significant falsehood of 2013.
The organization also is conducting a readers’ choice award for the Pants on Fire award.
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has spiked an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county's law on gay propaganda.
IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson says the story about the couple living with their child in London appeared in the December print edition of its club magazine and was available for customers in 25 markets worldwide, but not in Russia.
Texas is bracing for another clash over how to teach evolution and climate change as the board of education approves new science textbooks.
A final public hearing on proposed books was Wednesday, with a vote by the board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats coming today.
The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” still cost the same as they did last year.
Buying one set of the gifts mentioned in each verse costs $27,393 in stores, or 7.7 percent more than last year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually. And if you buy all 364 items repeated throughout the carol, you’ll pay $114,651 — 6.9 percent more than last year.
When it comes to the bedroom, the British may be getting less busy, but more creative. According to results from the latest national sex survey, Britons are having sex less often — but the kinds of sex they're having are more diverse than in the past.
Scientists also found the sex habits of British women are changing faster than those of men, with a fourfold jump in the proportion of women who had a same-sex experience since the first survey was done in 1990, from 4 percent to 16 percent. In comparison, the numbers of men who reported a same-sex experience have remained virtually unchanged since 1990, at about 7 percent.
For the second year in a row, a Mormon group is asking women to wear pants to church on an upcoming Sunday in mid-December — this time as a show of support for inclusiveness for all.
The first "Wear Pants to Church Day" was held in December 2012 to show solidarity for women's equality. Organizer Nancy Ross said the goal of this year's event is broader: to encourage The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to continue to grow more progressive and inclusive. They are also inviting men and women to wear purple.
The dispute over gay marriage between Dick Cheney's daughters is shining a bright light on the Republican Party's broader dilemma with the issue.
Public support for gay marriage has been rising dramatically. Yet a big majority of Republicans oppose it. And they tend to nominate candidates for Congress and the presidency who are out of step with the shift in public opinion, at least at the national level.