02/26/2015

Facebook Expands Custom Gender Identity Options Even Further

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Beginning today Facebook users will be able to describe their gender using whatever kind of personal language they feel the most comfortable with. The move comes after an increased demand from the public for Facebook to allow people to choose from a wider array of gender descriptors in their “About Me” sections. Last year Facebook took a major step forward by expanding its list of selectable genders from three (male, female, or none) to over 50 terms including male to female, gender queer, and cisgender.

“Facebook’s new free-form field for gender identity is a huge step forward for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender queer youth,” said GLSEN Executive Director

Dr. Eliza Byard, “The internet is an essential source of resources, support and community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, and one of its most important ‘living rooms’ now better reflects their reality and self-understanding."

Speaking to Motherboard, Facebook engineer Ari Chivukula explained that the company deployed a special team focused specifically on buffing out the social network’s expanded gender settings. Moving forward users will be able to more finely customize their privacy settings to better control who sees their gender displayed on their profiles.

Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 6:39 PM EST by in Facebook, Gender Identity, News, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (10)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1700

PAT ROBERTSON: Net neutrality is part of "socialist agenda" to "take control of everything"

CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Revisits her SNL impression of Samantha from Sex and the City.

WANDA SYKES: On unexpectedly coming out in public back in 2008

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A new take on the iconic hero. 

  

  

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Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 6:00 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (8)


Texas Moving To Ban County Clerks From Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages: VIDEO

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As we've previously reported, Texas State Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. is not happy with the idea of gay marriage coming to his state and wants to move to punish any county clerks that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by revoking their pay via House Bill 623. Bell spoke at the Texas Faith and Family Day event in Austin on Tuesday, an event organized by grassroots campaigns like Texas Values, Texas Pastor's Council and Texas Right to Life. During his speech, he said:

In Texas, our tax dollars cannot be used to recognize the issue or otherwise address marriage any other way than what's in the Texas constitution which is one man, one woman.

AbbottGovernor Greg Abbott (pictured right) put in his two conservative cents in as well:

I support traditional marriage, it's what I defended as attorney general. Marriage is an issue reserved to the states.

At least until the Supreme Court rules otherwise

In a move of supremely malicious mockery, organizers celebrated Texas' 10-year ban on gay marriage by bringing wedding cake to the event.

You can watch KVUE's news report on the event AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Texas, Video | Permalink | Comments (15)


VICE Takes You Inside The Tragic and Deadly World Of Gay 'Conversion' Therapy - VIDEO

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Conversion therapy, the practice where patients try to be "cured" of their homosexuality or "wrong" gender identification, has long since been discredited and deemed harmful. And yet, poor souls brought up in environments where they are taught to despise themselves still seek this treatment out. VICE has posted two parts of a three-part documentary on the world of conversion therapy through exclusive access to the Journey into Manhood program, and thus takes a different tone from the last time we mentioned Journey into Manhood when the reporter snuck in.

One would expect the documentary to be enraging - and listening to NARTH-founder Joseph Nicolosi insist that everyone is naturally heterosexual certainly angries up the blood, as does every other lie that dribbles out of his mouth - but it's more tragic than anything. A bunch of men who have been lied to at every turn and have been taught to hate themselves come together to try, in their own unskilled and awkward way, to "fix" something that isn't broken and reclaim masculinity that they think they've lost. It's especially sad to hear some of the men talk about how they were bullied and abused and driven to the point of suicide...and still think that the problem is within them, not with the cruelty and hatred of others.

It's a rough watch, but it is absolutely worth your while. You can find the first two parts of the documentary, totaling about 20 minutes runtime, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 5:04 PM EST by in "Ex-Gays", Video | Permalink | Comments (13)


News: Net Neutrality, Raven, Ice Music, Zelda Williams, D.C. Pot

"No one—whether government or corporate—should control free open access to the Internet," said Federal Communications Chair Chair Tom Wheeler today after the FCC approved net neutrality in a 3-2 vote

CaldwellTurns out Andrew "I don't like mens no more" Caldwell still likes his mens.

Bruce Jenner's family is sticking by his side regarding the deadly Malibu car crash earlier this month.

Utah Senator Mike Lee tells CPAC to stop being so dumb. Easier said than done...

The LGBT chair of the UK's far-right Ukip has resigned over concerns that the party's leadership has failed to "set a gay-friendly tone."

Raven is set to return to the small screen in a guest role on Black-ish, playing Dre's (Anthony Anderson) gay sister Rhonda.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. 

HRC has unveiled a micro-site highlighting public statements of 2016 GOP hopefuls on key LGBT issues including marriage equality, non-discrimination protections, conversion therapy, and adoption.

Colton Haynes is really just a "big nerd" underneath all his hotness. 

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Norway's annual Ice Music Festival is underway, featuring a number of instruments handcrafted from local lake ice

The New York Times breaks down the disappointing findings in a major study testing whether Americans would take their HIV medication every day if they were paid to do so.

Irish Catholic bishop says there's "no obstacle" stopping gays from marrying now...as long as they marry someone of the opposite sex. 

The former Salt Lake City police officer from last year's gay pride parade assignment controversy is speaking out against what he sees as a violation of his religious liberties. 

Find out which country in the world has the men with the biggest members

Erskine College in South Carolina has moved to explicitly ban homosexuality after two athletes courageously come out. 

Justin Bieber gets "tattooed" in a new video promo for his upcoming Comedy Central Roast. 

Drew Barrymore is writing a collection of autobiographical essays

CardsGet ready for the return of House of Cards with this list of the 15 most jaw-dropping moments from the show's first two seasons. 

Robin Williams's daughter Zelda is speaking out about losing her dad. "There's no point blaming everyone else for it, and there's no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened, so you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage." 

The District of Columbia has legalized recreational pot usage, despite GOP officials' threats to throw mayor Muriel Bowser in prison. 

Vin Diesel is going to be a dad for the third time

Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 4:00 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Gaming Website 'The Escapist' Hires Transphobic New Writer

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The Escapist, for the unfamiliar, is an online magazine dedicated to pop culture with a very strong focus on video games. Earlier this week Alexander "Archon" Macris, GM & SVP of Alloy Digital, the parent company of The Escapist, had an announcement to make: two new writers have been hired on to the staff!

Great news, given the site's diminishing roster as of late. There's just one problem though. That first name, Brandon Morse? Yeah...he's kind of transphobic.

Morse lives in Waco, is a contributor for Rare.us - a right-leaning site that holds Herman Cain as one of their all-star voices - and thinks that transfolk are faking it:

Right...because dealing with the emotional distress and social fallout, which includes astronomically high rates for being victims of violence and discrimination, is something people want to deal with. This is not a new attitude for Morse as past tweets show his contempt with full-blown mockery:

The wingnuts at Michelle Malkin's Twitchy are ecstatic over the news, mostly over the fact that it's causing "butt-hurt", but when a site that mocks the execution of homosexuals is in your corner perhaps it's time to revise one's perspectives on, well, everything.

Morse, however, is unlikely to revise anything as even his current posts show that he's more content to double-down and even make the so-absurd-it's-laughable comparison of trans discrimination to gamer discrimination:  

Congratulations, The Escapist. That's quite the winner you've got there.

Posted Feb. 26,2015 at 3:30 PM EST by in Transgender, Twitter, Video Games | Permalink | Comments (27)


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