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Facebook supports the gays

At the GLAAD Media Awards last weekend, Facebook was recognized for its support and protection of the LGBT community over the past couple years.

But why, you ask, would an ostensibly neutral, public platform want to support and protect any group of users, especially ones in such a controversial demographic?

In a video sent to the GLAAD gathering, Sheryl Sandberg speaks to the lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgendered folks, and their straight allies in the audience, saying, “We’re committed to helping people express who they really are,” referencing the site’s “in a domestic partnership” and “in a civil union” relationship statuses, but also nodding to the company’s ongoing work with GLAAD to stop online bullying, harassment, and hate speech towards LGBT youth and adults.

“We’re grateful for all you do in the world and honored to be able to build technology which can support your efforts,” Sandberg said.

Facebook was recognized by GLAAD for its years of work to stop online bullying of gay youth in particular, an effort that was spurred by a rash of high-profile gay teen suicides in 2010. We were on hand to capture the awards show itself, a star-studded event that highlighted the importance of positive LGBT role models and fair and accurate portrayals of gay folks in the media.

Accepting the award for Facebook were Andrew Noyes and Sara Sperling, whose longer comments about the “network effect” of creating an LGBT safe space online and the stories Facebookers see and hear about their gay users are included in the extra clip below at around 2:15.

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Josh Hutcherson honored by GLAAD


Josh Hutcherson is only 19 years old, but is way wise beyond his years.  The actor has recently been seen in “The Hunger Games“, but is well known for playing the straight son to a gay couple in the fantastic film, “The Kids Are All Right.”  He didn’t have to reach far to play that role as he’s been fighting straight ally for gays everywhere and grew up with it as his mom was raised by two men.  Although prejudice and bullying is exhibited by both men and women, it’s primarily straight men that execute that wrath.  Josh stands up against all of that as a straight man who is comfortable with himself and loves all people.

He received the GLAAD Vanguard award this week.  The Vanguard Award is given to a person who has made a significant different in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. The 19-year-old actor is the youngest ever recipient of the honor.  Previous honors include Drew Barrymore.

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Dave Franco has sex with himself

Dave Franco is the younger brother of heartthrob James Franco.  They don’t look exactly alike, but pretty close.  They both have the same wide smile that can make the coldest person pop a grin right back.

His brother James Franco never shies away from playing the one that is bullied, but Dave Franco keeps getting cast as the one who does the bullying.  It makes him uncomfortable as GQ points out this observation to him.

“Oh man, I’ve stopped trying to analyze it, because it makes me upset,” Dave Franco says. He bends over, placing his face into his palms, then pops up and presses his hands together in prayer. “Once I was complaining about it to someone, and they said, ‘It’s because you have an asshole face.’ I was like, ‘Um, thank you.  Thank you very much.’ ”

Between movies, he co-writes and stars in Funny or Die videos, including the popular “Go F*ck Yourself,” in which he meets himself at a bar and does in fact fuck himself.

“It’s an exaggerated version of what is probably my sex face,” he admits.  “The most uncomfortable thing is that there had to be a body double the whole time,” he says, laughing. “My friend who’s directing it put his shirt over his head, he just couldn’t take it, and I was like, ‘Dude, if I’m fucking doing this, you’re fucking watching me!'”

Go fuck yourself with Dave Franco here

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Actor Colin Farrell vows to fight teen bullying

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has come on board to support Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying, the campaign launched last Friday by BeLonG To- the Irish LGBT youth organisation. The Stand Up! Campaign calls on everyone, gay and straight, to support each other in taking a stand against homophobic bullying.  It includes an interactive video ad which has become international online phenomenon – www.standup.ie

Colin and his brother Eamon have been championing BeLonG To’s work to combat homophobic bullying in Ireland for a number of years now. Eamon, a gay man, has recalled how he was terribly and violently bullied in school and Colin has talked about how devastating it was to witness his brother being discriminated against as a child.

Speaking from Los Angeles Colin Farrell issued the following statement

“If there was one great wish I have for my country – for a land that I love and a people I so revere, it would be that school bullying were a thing of our past.

So much has befallen us in our shared history as a people. The harshest of these times have threatened to take our dignity, or scald our hearts into closing.

“Most of our great trials, from soiled land to the institutionalized abuse of trust and power, were inflicted upon us, whether by nature or the power corrupt. Now with bullying, there is a clear choice and the choice is ours.     

“Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent.  It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It’s not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has. 

“Whether it be the attacking of Gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from ‘the norm’, it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be.  We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world.  My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours.”

Welcoming Colin’s statement, BeLonG To’s Founding Director, Michael Barron said:

“Eamon and Colin Farrell are fantastic advocates for LGBT young people and their families. Our Stand Up! Campaign is about supporting everyone – LGBT young people, straight people, teachers, parents and family members to all take a stand together against homophobic bullying which can have devastating affects on young people’s lives. The Farrell brothers are the perfect example of what Stand Up! really means.”

“BeLonG To believes that everyone can make a contribution to end homophobic bullying.  To experience what it’s like to take a stand, see our powerful interactive video on www.standup.ie.”

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