August 31, 2008
This week on Gay News Watch
Posted by: Chris
For awhile now, I have been posting the most popular stories for the previous 24 hours and the previous week from GayNewsWatch.com, the website I run. But I've noticed that our wonderful readers have tended to pick, shall we say, the "spicier" stories rather than the most important. I've decided to try posting stories instead according to their "buzz factor," which is how we rank them by their newsworthiness. I'll still post one or two popular stories that don't make the more serious list.
I'm thrilled, by the way, at the growth of GayNewsWatch. At this point, the site is averaging more than 300,000 page views a month, and more than 150,000 unique visits. Apparently Google approves, since GayNewsWatch ranks in the Top 5 when you search for "gay news."
One other interesting factoid: While the U.S. ranks first as the geographic location of the site's readers, China (not including Hong Kong) is in the second spot -- ahead even of Canada and the U.K. Of course there's the overall population factor, but given the barriers of language and censorship, it's very encouraging.
Among other anti-gay hotspots, Saudi Arabia ranks 17th, just behind Japan, followed by India (#31), Romania (#35), Serbia (#39), United Arab Emirates (#51), Pakistan (#65), Iran (#72) and the Palestinian Territories (#77), with the others with too few visits to merit a mention. There was only one visit for all of last month from Iraq, but I'm guessing many more from there (including U.S. servicemen and women) and from other hostile countries visit via proxy servers, which can be used to bypass government censors.
With that said, here are the stories from the last week with the biggest "buzz factor":
- Openly gay diver wins an Olympic gold for Australia: QUICK LOOK: Diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete in the Beijing Olympics, won gold in the 10m platform. He beat Chinese favorite Zhou Luxin by 4.8 points, preventing... (MORE)
- Don't ask, do kill: ongoing persecution of gays in Iraq: QUICK LOOK: When militiamen from the Mahdi Army came by the compact, two-story stone home in the Doura neighborhood of , they weren't looking... (MORE)
- Draft Republican platform is lean, but is it just as mean?: SPECIAL REPORT: The draft Republican Party platform produced this week is dramatically trimmed down from the 40,000-word document adopted four years ago, but some gay voters will likely... (MORE)
- Activists criticize McCain pick Sarah Palin on gay rights: QUICK LOOK: Republican Senator John McCain has selected Sarah Palin, Alaska's governor and a little-known conservative with a slim record on gay and AIDS issues, to be his running... (MORE)
- Hurricane Gustav threatening Southern Decadence: QUICK LOOK: As of Saturday morning, organizers of the annual gay Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans said all events are still scheduled to take place despite Hurricane... (MORE)
And here are a few of the most popular from the last week:
- NBC apologizes for snubbing gay gold medalist driver: QUICK LOOK: NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel has issued an apology for his reporting team not mentioning on air that gold-medal diver Matthew Mitcham is gay and has a partner:... (MORE)
- 'Another Gay Sequel' flick features 'gays gone wild': QUICK LOOK: Previously on Another Gay Movie, Todd Stephens's racist and pandering but almost canny response to American Pie, Nico thankfully lost his shit before almost getting it... (MORE)
- Woman ejected from federal building for lesbian T-shirt: QUICK LOOK: A routine trip to the Social Security office Monday turned into 30 minutes of shock, disbelief and irritation for Lapriss Gilbert, who was forced to leave the federal... (MORE)
- Gay boat dancer killed by S.D. police had taken meth: QUICK LOOK: Steven Paul Hirschfield, 37, a bodybuilder and actor from West Hollywood, was hired to dance on a chartered harbor cruise ship on July 19 as part of the city's gay... (MORE)
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