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07/02/2009

GLAAD looks @homophobia, gives it poor (#onlineantigaynesssucks)

by Jeremy Hooper

Have you ever been happily watching old "Growing Pains" clips on YouTube, when a fellow online denizen's homophobia made you lose your Boner? Yea, well, so has GLAAD. Picture 25-28And now they are doing something about it:

New York, NY, July 2, 2009 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced a new project to address homophobia in virtual communities and educate users on LGBT issues.

“As more and more people turn to virtual communities to connect with each other and for entertainment, we need to ensure these spaces are LGBT-inclusive and safe for our community – right now that’s not always the case,” said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. “Our new project and work with leading tech companies aims to both educate users on the impact of homophobic remarks and put sustainable policies in place that make the experience fun and inclusive for everyone.”

As part of this project, GLAAD will focus on a range of virtual communities including networked PC games, social networks, online gaming and virtual worlds. The project will also address policies related to commenting features on blogs, Web sites and message boards.

GLAAD will work to ensure such communities remain committed to:

o Providing safe spaces for LGBT people to connect
o Enact the best policies to prevent anti-LGBT defamation
o Educate users of these communities about the effects of homophobia.

GLAAD Announces Project to Combat Homophobia in Virtual Communities [GLAAD]

The religious right groups, not to be outdone, will continue to think of new and unique ways that they can combat the idea that they are being homophobic, while continuing to exacerbate the same. So best of luck to GLAAD -- worst of luck to those who think "pro-family" is a suitable replacement for anti-gay.

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Your thoughts

This is a BIG BIG BIG job. But necessary, good for them. Would be nice if they just need a whole bunch more people to help to hire 'interns' for the summer. So many young people need jobs.

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 2, 2009 7:36:27 PM

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