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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 → ]
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Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

Friday, January 31, 2014
NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

Anti-gay social media group in Russia offers reward for outing LGBT teachers

Saturday, December 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A new anti-gay group has emerged on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte (vk.com) offering rewards for reporting “confirmed” information on gay school teachers, reports Queer Russia. [ Read more → ]
VK.comMaxim Martsinkevich (center) with alleged Ukrainian victims.

Russian anti-gay extremist under criminal investigation, reportedly flees country

Monday, November 11, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against a Russian ultra-nationalist responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa. [ Read more → ]
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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over the weekend. [ Read more → ]
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Russian extremists using social media to target, attack LGBT youth

Thursday, July 25, 2013
KAMENSK-URAL, Russia -- A network of loosely organized groups of Russian ultra-nationalists are targeting LGBT youth for bullying and assault by creating fake social media profiles and gay personals to attract unsuspecting victims. [ Read more → ]
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Red, marriage equality icons spread throughout social media

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NEW YORK — Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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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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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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University researchers track millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter

Friday, September 28, 2012
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- The University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in Edmonton has created a new Canadian social-media experiment that found millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter within the past two months. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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