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Facebook adds new gender option for users: ‘Fill in the blank’

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. ...

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Facebook apologizes to drag performers, LGBT community over ‘real names’ flap

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Drag performers Lil Ms. Hot Mess, left, and Sister Roma, right,are among those sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names. Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site.
NEW YORK — Facebook is apologizing to drag performers and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world’s biggest online social network caught ...

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In many countries, hook-up apps expose gay men to blackmail, arrest, violence

Sunday, September 28, 2014
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers ...

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Exposure to hate speech on Facebook undermines users’ mental health

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
A new study from Italy finds that social networking sites like Facebook have a negative impact on individuals’ mental well-being, as well as their levels of social trust, because of their exposure to hate speech and other offensive content. Researchers ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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Facebook Put My Life Together Again

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Today I accepted the Facebook friend request of someone I knew in high school. We haven’t spoken in more than thirty years ... and God knows why she wants to befriend the scandalous queer who wore knee-high platform boots to ...

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Facebook updates relationships to include ‘civil union,’ ‘domestic partnership’

Friday, February 18, 2011
Facebook is becoming more LGBT-friendly. This week, the world's largest online social networking website added two new options to its list of relationship statuses: "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership." ...

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