Facebook and real names

Facebook and real names

Ah Facebook. You were doing so well. You gave us over 50 options to describe our gender, you even let us use more than one! It seemed you were finally learning your lesson, improving yourself, and now it seems you’re back to your old tricks. So for those of you unaware, Facebook only allows you to use your legal name for personal profiles. Now the reason for this makes sense, they don’... »

Quickies: Hate Crimes, PrEP, and the Facebook Real Names Saga Continues

Quickies: Hate Crimes, PrEP, and the Facebook Real Names Saga Continues

The Push to Include Orientation in PA Hate Crimes – Following the Sept 11th attack on two gay men in Philadelphia, activists and politicians are working to get sexual orientation to the identities covered by PA hate crimes legislation. Suspects in the attack have been identified through video social media as alumni of Archbishop Wood High School. So far, no arrests have been made. Cis Man... »

An Unfortunate Phrase

An Unfortunate Phrase

“I don’t agree with being gay but…” If you are queer in this world, or even if you’re straight, you’ve probably heard this unfortunate phrase, or some permutation of it. “I don’t agree with being gay but…” Usually by the time they get to the “but” part I’m so angry that I don’t really hear what they say afterwards, because to me it doesn’t really matter. They’ve already blotted me, my partne... »

Quickies: Healthcare while Trans, Voting while Trans, and Bill Donohue Sadz

Quickies: Healthcare while Trans, Voting while Trans, and Bill Donohue Sadz

Healthcare a Challenge for Transgender People – Everything from finding healthcare professionals who know how to treat you, who will treat you with dignity, and who you can afford to see are huge barriers to accessing treatment for the transgender community. Study: Voter ID Laws May Disenfranchise Trans Voters – The Williams Institute study looked at voter ID laws in 10 states. “... »

AI:  What Now?  What Next?

AI: What Now? What Next?

Recently I’ve been thinking about how I could help further the cause of LGBTQIA/queer rights and equality, spurred mostly by the state of those rights in my home state, Montana, and some disappointing developments on the non-discrimination ordinance front. Montana is not one of the 19 states in which same-sex marriage is legal, but there is a suit underway challenging Montana’s constitutiona... »

Quickies: Homeless LGBTQ Youth Edition

Quickies: Homeless LGBTQ Youth Edition

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness is on the Rise – “The face of the gay-rights movement shouldn’t be what I call ’40-year-old well-moisturized couples.’ The face of the gay-rights movement should be a 15-year-old kid that’s been thrown out of his house and taught that he’s a sinner.” Megan Smith named US Chief Technology Officer – “The job involve... »

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