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Social media giant Facebook receives recognition award from GLAAD

Sunday, June 3, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media giant Facebook was honored Saturday night at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Representatives from Facebook accepted a Special Recognition Award, citing the social media company’s efforts against bullying as well as the inclusion of various options — such as relationship statuses — for LGBT users of the social network.

The annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented for recognizing fair and inclusive representations of the LGBT community in television, journalism, music and more.

Accepting the award on behalf of Facebook were Andrew Noyes, Facebook’s manager of public policy and communications, and Sara Sperling, head of diversity and inclusion.

Noyes, who acts as an LGBTQ community liaison between Facebook and LGBT groups, was an influential advocate within the corporation in launching the “Network of Support,” a panel of five leading LGBT advocacy organizations which take part in MTV Network’s “A Thin Line campaign” assisting the company to address LGBTQ issues.

“Facebook has set the bar high for ensuring LGBT people have a safe space to connect with friends and family,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick, in a statement.

“GLAAD is pleased to present this award to Facebook in recognition of its efforts to make their platform welcoming to everyone,” he said.

The award was presented to the company executives by Brittany McMillan, the high school student who founded Spirit Day via a Facebook campaign. The company was one of several leading corporations that participated in Spirit Day on Oct. 20, 2011, which encouraged employees to turn their Facebook profile pictures purple and wear the color to show support for LGBTQ young people.

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GLAAD announced in March that Facebook would receive the award, citing its initiatives to advocate for LGBT equality.

In October 2010, company employees monitored a memorial page for LGBT youth after other Facebook users posted violent anti-gay images and homophobic comments. Facebook then launched the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign which assists students, teachers, and parents to help prevent bullying.

Facebook also has recently added special instructions and content to its ‘Help Center’ which provides guidance on how its users can help an LGBT person who has posted suicidal content.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. I LIKE GAYS LOTS

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 11:06am
  2. George why thank u !!! ;,)~

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 11:23am
  3. That’s great that something like Facebook would do something this great. Thanks Facebook. I’m sure your helping someone out there who needs it :)

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 11:32am
  4. Whatever FB’s defects may be, it’s helped millions of isolated LGBT people connect and find out they’re not alone and that, working together, we have power and a place in the world! That’s beyond invaluable!

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 12:30pm
  5. i agree fb has helped the community alot not if only we could keep the people full of hate for others off of it

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 12:39pm
  6. Now….,all we need is for the rest or the world to follow there lead. And except the fact that gays will have Equality,inspite of Religious hatred !

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 12:41pm
  7. AMEN!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 12:53pm
  8. Also think you should be able to be in more than one relationship at a time. Some people swing that way.

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 1:38pm
  9. Yeah, they don’t have to get into the crazy semantics with all the confusing nomenclature regarding gender variation, they can just put male female, or other. If you choose other, it’s up to that individual to explain in their bio if they choose. So easy

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:03pm
  10. I really don’t understand why so many Trans ppl are pushing for extra options. Being transgendered is not a third or fourth gender. I am a woman. There’s an option for that listed. Case closed.

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4:08pm
  11. Facebook won’t take down hate-filled, homophobic pages and groups that violate it’s own Terms of Service. Sure, Facebook has allowed pro-equality pages to form. However, such pages have followed the Terms of Service.

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 5:23pm
  12. Amazing!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 6:20pm