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Tumblr launches new tag system, #LGBTQ featured
Today, Tumblr expanded their tag system, creating a new way to discover content. Among the listed 25 “popular tags” is #LGBTQ.
The system highlights Tumblr's popular tags and allows users to browse content among that tag. The tags are switched out periodically based popularity, and some high-traffic tags become trending tags—for example, ”Egypt" and "Libya."
What sets this apart from systems like Twitter's Trending Topics is that the content listed under these tags are chosen by selected “editors.” These editors are users who are chosen by a semi-automated process. According to the FAQ, Tumblr’s bot identifies users who post popular content about a topic. Users from this list are then selected to be editors. Every 1-4 weeks, editors are switched out.
The new tag system is an innovative way to discover content and crowdsource the task of featuring content, and incentivize that process.
Tumblr explains that this new feature fixes the limitation of the Tumblr Directory:

"It’s hard to organize Tumblr blogs by topic. A single one of your blogs may include your personal updates, your art, your opinions, and a YouTube video of a cat speaking Japanese, all in a single day. This has been a real limitation of the current Tumblr Directory. So, for the last few weeks we’ve been experimenting with some brand new tools for exploring Tumblr."

Currently, editors of the #LGBTQ tag are imaylikemychardonnay, kristinnoeline, hunsonisgroovy and dannielle. Top contributors (users who have been featured the most by editors) are rising, franfine, everyoneisgay, sincerelyconcerned and fuckyeahlgbt.

Tumblr launches new tag system, #LGBTQ featured

Today, Tumblr expanded their tag system, creating a new way to discover content. Among the listed 25 “popular tags” is #LGBTQ.

The system highlights Tumblr's popular tags and allows users to browse content among that tag. The tags are switched out periodically based popularity, and some high-traffic tags become trending tags—for example, ”Egypt" and "Libya."

What sets this apart from systems like Twitter's Trending Topics is that the content listed under these tags are chosen by selected “editors.” These editors are users who are chosen by a semi-automated process. According to the FAQ, Tumblr’s bot identifies users who post popular content about a topic. Users from this list are then selected to be editors. Every 1-4 weeks, editors are switched out.

The new tag system is an innovative way to discover content and crowdsource the task of featuring content, and incentivize that process.

Tumblr explains that this new feature fixes the limitation of the Tumblr Directory:

"It’s hard to organize Tumblr blogs by topic. A single one of your blogs may include your personal updates, your art, your opinions, and a YouTube video of a cat speaking Japanese, all in a single day. This has been a real limitation of the current Tumblr Directory. So, for the last few weeks we’ve been experimenting with some brand new tools for exploring Tumblr."

Currently, editors of the #LGBTQ tag are imaylikemychardonnay, kristinnoeline, hunsonisgroovy and dannielle. Top contributors (users who have been featured the most by editors) are risingfranfine, everyoneisgay, sincerelyconcerned and fuckyeahlgbt.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 7:14pm
Facebook adds new relationship statuses: civil unions, domestic partnerships
Today, Facebook added the two options to the “relationship status” section of profiles. Users are now able to specify that they are in a civil union or domestic partnership.
According to Mashable, the update is effective immediately for U.S. residents, and will be rolled out to other countries soon. These options will not appear in countries where same-sex marriage is already legal.
In an email to Mashable, a Facebook representative stated:

"This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook."

Current relationship statuses include single, in a relationship, engaged, married, it’s complicated, in an open relationship, widowed, seperated, and divorced.

Facebook adds new relationship statuses: civil unions, domestic partnerships

Today, Facebook added the two options to the “relationship status” section of profiles. Users are now able to specify that they are in a civil union or domestic partnership.

According to Mashable, the update is effective immediately for U.S. residents, and will be rolled out to other countries soon. These options will not appear in countries where same-sex marriage is already legal.

In an email to Mashable, a Facebook representative stated:

"This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook."

Current relationship statuses include single, in a relationship, engaged, married, it’s complicated, in an open relationship, widowed, seperated, and divorced.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 8:14pm
ACLU and Yale launch campaign to stop censoring LGBT websites in schools
ACLU has teamed up with Yale Law School to launch the “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which aims to stop censorship of websites in public high schools.
The ACLU blog post reports that some schools have been blocking LGBT-related websites such as the GSA Network and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
These schools even allow students to access to anti-LGBT sites that condemn LGBT people or urge LGBT people to try to change our sexual orientation. The ACLU describes this as viewpoint discrimination.
ACLU asks students to report unconstitutional web filtering at their schools by filling out a form at action.aclu.org/dontfilterme.
(Image credit: aclu.org)

ACLU and Yale launch campaign to stop censoring LGBT websites in schools

ACLU has teamed up with Yale Law School to launch the “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which aims to stop censorship of websites in public high schools.

The ACLU blog post reports that some schools have been blocking LGBT-related websites such as the GSA Network and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

These schools even allow students to access to anti-LGBT sites that condemn LGBT people or urge LGBT people to try to change our sexual orientation. The ACLU describes this as viewpoint discrimination.

ACLU asks students to report unconstitutional web filtering at their schools by filling out a form at action.aclu.org/dontfilterme.

(Image credit: aclu.org)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 8:55pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by purchasing a $3 marriage equality donation for $1
Fab.com is celebrating Valentine’s Day by “selling” $3 donations to Freedom To Marry for just $1.
Once purchased, Fab.com will make a $3 donation to Freedom To Marry on the purchaser’s behalf. The deal ends at midnight (PST) tonight.
According to the press release, “if a buyer gets three of their friends to also buy this deal, Fab.com will up their matching donation to $5 for the initial buyer. The deal ends at midnight tonight.”
Fab.com launched “The Big Gay Deal of the Day" on February 1st, a daily deal service similar to Groupon—but targeted to gays. Since its launch, the service has offered deals such as gay-themed magazine subscriptions, DVDs, vacation packages and other products.
Freedom to Marry is the United States’ leading marriage equality campaign.
Purchase a donation
Editorial disclaimer: Dan Leveille, the author of this post, is a Junior Advisor at Fab.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by purchasing a $3 marriage equality donation for $1

Fab.com is celebrating Valentine’s Day by “selling” $3 donations to Freedom To Marry for just $1.

Once purchased, Fab.com will make a $3 donation to Freedom To Marry on the purchaser’s behalf. The deal ends at midnight (PST) tonight.

According to the press release, “if a buyer gets three of their friends to also buy this deal, Fab.com will up their matching donation to $5 for the initial buyer. The deal ends at midnight tonight.”

Fab.com launched “The Big Gay Deal of the Day" on February 1st, a daily deal service similar to Groupon—but targeted to gays. Since its launch, the service has offered deals such as gay-themed magazine subscriptions, DVDs, vacation packages and other products.

Freedom to Marry is the United States’ leading marriage equality campaign.

Purchase a donation

Editorial disclaimer: Dan Leveille, the author of this post, is a Junior Advisor at Fab.com.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 6:06pm
Posted by Dan Leveille at 3:57pm
Obama signs Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal
In a historic achievement for gay rights, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal this morning, which will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
"This is a good day, this is a very good day." Obama said. ”No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”
Last weekend, the US Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. On Monday, Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, tweeted:

President to sign repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Wednesday at 9:15 AM…

The repeal is not immediately effective, reports the New York Times. The change will go into effect once Obama and defense officials certify the military’s readiness.
(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama signs Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal

In a historic achievement for gay rights, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal this morning, which will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

"This is a good day, this is a very good day." Obama said. ”No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”

Last weekend, the US Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. On Monday, Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, tweeted:

President to sign repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Wednesday at 9:15 AM…

The repeal is not immediately effective, reports the New York Times. The change will go into effect once Obama and defense officials certify the military’s readiness.

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 7:43pm
Posted by Dan Leveille at 6:57pm
Pretty Please: Oh Blue Bird 02
An illustration by RaccoonNook, a designer and illustrator based in New York City.

Pretty Please: Oh Blue Bird 02

An illustration by RaccoonNook, a designer and illustrator based in New York City.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 1:20am

FCK BULLIES: A new PSA by FCKH8

(Video contains explicit language.)

FCKH8 just launched their second PSA, after the success of their first PSA, which launched two months ago. Since then, $200,000 was raised to support the fight for equal marriage rights. They campaign has sold over 40,000 t-shirts.

FCKH8 is a campaign directly supporting the groups leading the fight for equality, including; American Foundation for Equal RightsEquality CaliforniaCourage CampaignLambda Legal. $5 from each shirt sold goes towards those groups.

The campaign was launched on October 10 by Luke Montgomery. Back in 1993, Luke changed his last name to “Sissyfag,” in an effort to make a point about discrimination against gays and lesbians.

"FCKED up Homo H8 has a lot to do with the suicide R8! FCKH8.com is at it again with "FCK BULLIES." F-bomb dropping kids, drag queens, senior citizens & shirtless hotties take on anti-gay bullies at schools & churches as well as homo H8ing families & voters. T-shirt sales go to benefit queer youth counseling & suicide prevention."

(via LaurenKitsune)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 3:09am

Teen comes out to anti-gay parents on hidden camera show, public reacts

ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do? staged a scene where a teen came out to his anti-gay parents. They captured bystanders’ reactions.

In the middle of a cafe, a son comes out to his dad who reacts by saying things like “my son is not gay!” and “this is a mistake—turn your life around.”

Some bystanders stepped in to defend the teen while others stayed out of it or even left. Some stated that they didn’t want to get involved. One man told them they should take the argument elsewhere.

After a few reactions are captured, they switch the dad out for anti-gay mom, who received similar reactions.

One woman interrupts the dad and voices her opinion:

"I understand completely because it wasn’t my dream to have two autistic children either, but you know what? I’m going to fight for them and I’m going to love them. I’m going to do what I have to do for them. You should do the same for your son, because what you’re doing to him involving everyone around here, is wrong."

Coincidentally, one bystander was the parent of a student at Rutgers University, where a gay student committed suicide earlier this year.

Previously, What Would You Do? covered anti-gay bullying and gay public displays of affection.

(via Towleroad)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 7:02pm