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Noah Berger, APFacebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to "Trans Woman."

Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- You don't have to identify as male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. [ Read more → ]
Elena Klimova

Russian LGBT teen advocate charged under anti-gay propaganda law

Friday, January 31, 2014
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A freelance Russia journalist was charged Friday for violating the country's anti-gay propaganda law for creating a online LGBT teen support group on Russian social media website VKontakte (vk.com). [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Va. tech PAC led by ‘LGBT-friendly’ execs endorses anti-gay AG for governor

Monday, September 16, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A political action committee led by technology company executives of major U.S. corporations that have marketed themselves as LGBT-inclusive -- including Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Comcast, Cox, Intuit, Monster and Oracle -- have endorsed Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli to be Virginia's next governor. [ Read more → ]

Pat Robertson says he vomits at the sight of gay couples

Monday, July 8, 2013
After warning that the land will “vomit” out gays, Pat Robertson said that he vomits at the sight of gay couples. [ Read more → ]
via Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 700 employees march in SF pride parade

Monday, July 1, 2013
Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg joined more than 700 Facebook employees marching in San Francisco's gay pride on Sunday. [ Read more → ]

A new twist on an old campaign: Grey Poupon gives a nod to LGBT pride

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
In a nod to LGBT pride, Grey Poupon has released a photo of two men in side-by-side cars holding hands through the window. [ Read more → ]

Fifty shades of red: The fight for equality marches on

Saturday, April 6, 2013
There are just some people who will go to their graves believing what they believe. That is their journey – that is their little bit of racism, hatred and discrimination they will have to answer for. I believe at this moment in time, the red on the equality map needs to be celebrated. I believe the acceptance and support of our friends and families and co-workers and strangers needs to be celebrated, for these are the people who will stand by us and love us and help us to win whatever battles may lie ahead... [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Mich. RNC member: I won’t resign for ‘filthy homosexuals’ Facebook post

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday he will not resign after posting an article critical of gay people on his Facebook page, despite calls from members of his own party that he step down. [ Read more → ]

Fla. appeals court upholds ruling that posting threats on Facebook is a felony

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida appeals court ruled Monday that posting threats on one's personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under state law. [ Read more → ]

Study: Your Facebook ‘likes’ reveal much about your personality and behavior

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine. [ Read more → ]
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Parents, students look to prayer in response to Miss. transgender student

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BATESVILLE, Miss. -- Hundreds of angry parents and citizens have joined a Facebook "prayer" page after a high school student in northern Mississippi came out as transgender. [ Read more → ]

Major U.S. corporations call on Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 60 U.S. corporations -- including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley -- have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Diana Medley (via WTWO-TV)

Indiana groups set up video project to reassure gay teens they ‘have a purpose’

Saturday, February 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of gay rights organizations is trying to bolster the confidence of gay teens in response to an Indiana teacher's assertion that gays have no purpose in life. [ Read more → ]

‘Gay’ dog gets new home after homophobic owner dumps him at shelter

Friday, February 1, 2013
Elton, the pit bull whose story went viral after he was dumped at a Tennessee animal shelter earlier this week because his former owner thought he was “gay,” has found a new loving home. [ Read more → ]

‘Oops, sorry,’ says Facebook after deleting ‘offensive’ photo of gay couple

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Is this photo offensive? Well, somebody at Facebook thought so — and determined that this wedding photo that appeared on the Facebook page “Gay Marriage USA” not only violated their “policies and community standards,” but was worthy of blocking the page admin from posting on Facebook for a week. [ Read more → ]
Chris Hughes

LGBT History Month profile: Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Chris Hughes is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of Facebook. He is the publisher and editor in chief of The New Republic, a leading public policy magazine. [ Read more → ]

Facebook privacy glitch outs LGBT users

Monday, October 15, 2012
The outing of University of Texas-Austin students to their parents as a consequence of a little-known Facebook privacy glitch has reignited longstanding concerns over the social network’s treatment of its LGBT users’ private information. [ Read more → ]

Bed & Breakfast owner on Facebook: ‘God invented AIDS to punish gays’

Monday, July 30, 2012
EDGEWATER PARK, N.J. -- The owner of a New Jersey Bed & Breakfast on Monday posted an anti-gay rant on Facebook asserting that "God invented AIDS" to punish gays after a local woman complained about an anti-gay statement on the marquee outside their inn. [ Read more → ]

Should I Come Out on Facebook?

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Coming Out on Facebook depends on why and how you do it, but overall it can be a worthwhile means of coming out. It gives you a sense of control, an ability to present the information in a premeditated way, and a large audience to speak to. So I say, if done appropriately, why not? [ Read more → ]
Facebook's new same-sex couple icons

Russian religious group threatens Facebook: Stop ‘flirting with sodomites’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
SARATOV, Russia -- A Russian Orthodox religious community in the southern Russia city of Saratov has issued an ultimatum to social media giant Facebook, demanding that the company stop “flirting with sodomites” and immediately remove all content "promoting homosexuality." [ Read more → ]
The image of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (left) and his spouse Sean Eldridge, from Eldridge's Facebook timeline, sports the new groom-and-groom icon. The couple was married Friday in New York.

Facebook introduces same-sex icons for married, gay couples’ timelines

Monday, July 2, 2012
Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, has taken another step toward LGBT-inclusiveness, introducing same-sex icons for users to select from when adding marriage events to their profile’s timeline. [ Read more → ]

Oreo ‘pride cookie’ post on Facebook sparks emotional responses

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Ill. — KRAFT Foods’ LGBT-friendly post on Facebook for its immensely popular Oreo cookies has sparked emotional responses on the cookie’s fan page. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Mississippi lawmaker says he never endorsed that gays be ‘put to death’

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A Mississippi lawmaker, who earlier this month invoked an Old Testament Bible passage on his Facebook page that calls for gays to be “put to death,” says he never endorsed the killing of gays, and that he and his family have received death threats after his comments were misinterpreted. [ Read more → ]
Andy Gipson

Mississippi lawmaker cites Bible passage that calls for gays to be put to death

Saturday, May 19, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi state lawmaker, commenting on the announcement by President Barack Obama affirming support for same-sex marriage, invoked an old testament bible passage on his Facebook page, calling for gay men to be "put to death." [ Read more → ]
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