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Five major social media platforms unsafe for LGBTQ people

Ellis told Axios that when it comes to harassment and discrimination, what happens online isn’t staying online

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NEW YORK – In an Axios interview Sunday on HBO, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told Axios that the five major social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube — are all “categorically unsafe” for LGBTQ people, according to a new study released from GLAAD.

Ellis said that all of the sites hold themselves out as LGBTQ-friendly and nonetheless allow for LGBTQ people to be harassed on a daily basis as well as allowing harmful misinformation to spread unchecked, Axios reported.

In the 50-page report, GLAAD lays out a variety of recommendations for all the platforms, in addition to suggestions specific to each service. The broad recommendations include everything from tweaking algorithms to slow down the spread of misinformation, hiring more human moderators and better enforcing existing harassment and discrimination policies.

This past December the Blade reported on a married gay couple in Seattle who had run afoul of Instagram’s algorithms triggered by the anti-LGBTQ trolling that GLAAD also addressed.

A source knowledgeable of Facebook/Instagram’s operations but not authorized to speak to the media told the Blade that almost complete reliance on the automated systems and next to no human oversight as a result of the remote virtual work environment has developed into a backlog of disputed decisions on accounts that have been disabled- as a direct result of the algorithms being tripped by repeated so-called ‘complaints’ over content in particular.

Ellis told Axios that when it comes to harassment and discrimination, what happens online isn’t staying online.

“There are real world consequences to what happens online,” she said. “There are direct lines you can draw between the over 100 anti-trans bills that are now circulating at the state (level) and what’s being produced and pushed out within the social media world. “”There are real world consequences to what happens online,” Ellis said. “There are direct lines you can draw between the over 100 anti-trans bills that are now circulating at the state (level) and what’s being produced and pushed out within the social media world. “

She added that ‘GLAAD hopes to work with the sites over the next year and plans to issue grades for each next year.’

“Our thought on this is that now that we’ve given you what’s on our minds, what we think is a problematic for our community, we are going to hold you accountable, Ellis said. “And if you know anything about the LGBTQ community, we will hold you accountable and we will put our money where our mouth is.”

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Tom Daley: Bad Dad Jokes!

Terrible jokes, but I love them! Not sure if Lance does…

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LONDON – British Olympian and gold medalist diver Tom Daley along with his husband D. Lance Black pass along some really terrible ‘Dad’ jokes.

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SPLC listed hate group launches homophobic attack on Hilton Hotels Ad

Hilton Worldwide has been noted and recognized for its ongoing commitment to being an LGBTQ+ affirming corporation for the LGBTQ+ community

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TUPELO, Ms. – In a petition and donation solicitation mass emailing this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed anti-LGBTQ+ hate and extremist group, One Million Moms railed against the McLean, Virginia- based Hilton Worldwide for an LGBTQ+ affirming advert.

Monica Cole, the group’s executive director which GLAAD has labeled ‘One Meddling Mom,’ called out the global hospitality giant for an advert originally run in the beginning of December that showed a couple of gay parents, checking into their hotel room with their sleeping kid using the Hilton mobile app.

Cole decried the advert saying; “Hilton’s current commercial “Make an Entrance with the Hilton App” attempts to normalize sin by featuring two men together with a young boy. The two dads are shown walking through the hotel lobby and to their room while one dad carries the sleeping toddler.”

She then continued her objection writing; “Promoting same sex relationships has nothing to do with marketing their company. Yet Hilton wants to make it clear where they stand on this controversial topic, instead of remaining neutral in the culture war. One Million Moms continues to stand up for biblical truth, which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

One Million Moms must remain diligent. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature.”

Hilton Worldwide has been noted and recognized for its ongoing commitment to being an LGBTQ+ affirming corporation for the LGBTQ+ community and has earned excellent scores on the Human Rights campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for several years as an affirming and safe working environment for LGBTQ+ employees.

Jeremy Hooper, the founder of Good As You a popular LGBTQ+ rights website known for both its strong opposition research and its irreverent tone and a veteran commentator as well as strategist focused on LGBTQ rights wrote:

In the decade that I have been aware of One Million Moms, she [ Cole ] is quite literally the only staff member I have ever heard anyone name. She is the one and only person who appears on their petitions, as well as the one and only person who speaks for them to the media. She is the mom. Her. Solo. One person, supposedly representing one million.”

OMM is pretty capable when it comes to getting ink. It’s typically dismissive, if not outright derisive, press. Most often the anti-LGBTQ campaign to which it is attached goes absolutely nowhere and the company under attack continues right along serving its entire customer base rather than cutting out the share that AFA/OMM believes to be anti-godly mistakes. Still, Monica Cole and her minuscule operation that masquerades as “millions” does get people talking.” Hooper added.

Cole finishes off her attack on Hilton writing:

“Hilton attempting to redefine the family crosses a line Hilton should have never crossed. There is concern about the way this advertisement is pushing the LGBTQ agenda, but an even greater concern is that the commercial is airing when children are likely to be watching television. To make matters worse, this advertisement has aired during family viewing time such as football games and primetime.

TAKE ACTION! If you agree that this ad is inappropriate, sign our petition urging Hilton to pull its “Two Gay Dads” commercial immediately. And please share this with your friends and family,” she urges the emailing’s recipients.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the 45-year-old American Family Association, (AFA), as a hate and extremist group, which Cole’s One Million Moms group is a part of for its lies and harmful propaganda about LGBTQ+ people.

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Facebook group offers some LGBTQ+ people a stand-in family

Blevins says he was blessed with affirming parents said the overwhelming response his TikTok received inspired him to start the group

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EASTERN TENNESSEE – The Facebook group TikTok Stand In Families is helping LGBTQ+ people with unaccepting families by giving them love, comfort and family – even if it’s just for one day. 

USA Today reports that the group, which has nearly 30,000 queer people and allies, started with a TikTok video that showed a stranger offering to stand with same-sex couples whose parents didn’t support them. 

“There’s parents that want to be there for you on your big day, and we’ll be your biggest fans,” Daniel Blevins said in the video.

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Blevins, the group’s co-founder who says he was blessed with affirming parents, told the newspaper that the overwhelming response his TikTok received inspired him to start the group with his friend Rae Otto. 

“For me, it’s kind of a way of giving them what I had,” said Blevins, an Eastern Tennessee dad. 

According to the newspaper, it fills a void for LGBTQ+ people with unaccepting families and “sends a message: You are enough, and you are not alone.”

The two choose to keep the group private, especially for those who are not out. According to USA Today, they also moderate posts to ensure that their group is a safe place.  

Bec Mueffelmann – a Durham, North Carolina, resident who uses they/them pronouns – was scrolling through their “For You” page one day when they saw Blevins’ video. 

“This group provides a point of connection online, if they just need somebody to listen like in a private message, but it also does a good job of connecting people physically,” Mueffelmann, 32, told the paper. 

Mueffelmann is married and lives with members of their “chosen family,” but is no longer in contact with their biological family, according to the newspaper. 

“My parents, particularly, were not making much of an effort with my pronouns,” they said. “So I got to a place of realizing I needed a break to evaluate and to tell them what was up and give myself some space to heal.”

Mueffelmann and their husband joined the Facebook group in October, a few weeks shy of their birthday, after connecting with another member, Sarah Beth Craven, who would later tell the group that this Thanksgiving would be her first without her family.

Otto, the group’s other founder, told the newspaper, “I’m not an emotional person, but for me, it’s been emotional.”

“I’ve even found family through the group myself,” she added. “I went out to Atlanta this year to go visit somebody who I consider my chosen mother and spent the week with her … and Dan, he’s my chosen brother. I consider him blood.”

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