Facebook will host the Out for Undergrad Technology Conference at its campus in Menlo Park, Calif., this weekend (Oct. 19 and 20). The event is aimed at LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in technology.
Orlando Cruz, a featherweight boxer, revealed his sexuality in October, declaring himself a “proud gay man,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he used a public forum to propose to longtime boyfriend José Manuel: Facebook.
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.”
More than 700 Facebook employees took part in the San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday, including Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and special guest former Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights.
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 exploded Wednesday after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and the social network reported more than 4 million related mentions.
Exactly one year ago, Oreo showed its support for gay pride, posting a picture on its Facebook page of an Oreo cookie with the colors of the gay pride flag represented as different layers of filling. In the course of 365 days, the photo drew 296,400 likes and nearly 60,000 comments, positive and negative, and it was shared more than 90,000 times. This year, Grey Poupon is looking to follow suit with a thought-provoking photo of its own.
A Facebook spokesman told The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog that approximately 70 percent of the social network’s users in the U.S. have at least one friend who has indicated on Facebook that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Facebook is helping its users mark LGBT Pride Month in June by making five different versions of its “Pride Connects Us” image available for download, the social network announced in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page.