Facebook’s enforcement of its real-name policy has put it at odds with a community that it has a strong history of supporting, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, as drag queens who use names that are not their legal names are being forced to change the names on their accounts on the social network.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Instagram joined forces on photo campaign #PridePortraits, in which users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network are encouraged to post photos of what LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride means to them.
Facebook announced that its users now have the ability to specify custom genders, such as transgender, androgynous, and genderqueer, and they can also specify whether to publicly be referred to as male (he/his), female (she/her), or neutral (they/their).
Approval Of ‘That’s So Gay’ Removed From International Olympic Committee’s Social Media Moderation Policy
The International Olympic Committee updated its social media moderation policy regarding lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, linked to on its Facebook page, removing a clause that allowed use of the phrase, “That’s so gay.”
Facebook continued to ride the wave of activity spurred by LGBT Pride Month and Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to launch a new “feeling pride” emoticon.
Facebook’s trademark color has always been (and will likely always be) blue. However, on Friday, the social network will turn select national pages purple as it joins Tumblr and Yahoo in support of gay youth on Spirit Day.
Facebook did not hide its support of the gay community ahead of National Coming Out Day Thursday, posting a recap video from the San Francisco Pride 2012 Parade on the Facebook Diversity page Wednesday night.
Facebook followed up last year’s additions of in a civil union and in a domestic partnership as relationship status options with the introduction of new same-sex marriage icons, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will present a Special Recognition Award to Facebook at its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, to be held June 2 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.