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An Ethiopian LGBT activist and leader who runs multiple Facebook groups for gay Ethiopians has had his account blocked by Facebook for not using his real name. The activist, who goes by the pseudonym HappyAddis, used the social network to create and administrate some of the most popular groups for gay Ethiopians, including Zega Matters, which has more than 1, members. The East African country considers homosexuality a crime and those convicted of same-sex relations can face 15 years in prison.
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The secret Facebook group was started by three queer IITians in Julywho wanted to create a common platform for all queer students in IIT to interact — they then joined the case against Sec The whole country lauded the apex court's landmark judgement scrapping the year-old Section of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality in India. Among them are a group of 20 IITians who were party to this petition.
Facebook advertisements take one swift look at a few of your "likes," and make a decision about your sexual orientation, drug use history and more—whether you purposefully post it on your profile or not, according to a new study out of Big Data. This is a really bad way to tell if someone is queer. For instance, if a person on Facebook "likes" Lady Gaga, Glee and the Human Rights Campaign, Facebook is likely to assume that person's sexuality is gay.
A new report released last week by Facebook's Research and Data Science division found that roughlyAmericans updated their Facebook profiles to express a same-gender attraction or custom gender in the past year, while fans of LGBT-specific Facebook pages have increased 25 percent. Facebook's researchers were quick to tie the spike to the national legalization of same-sex marriage in June in their survey. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Facebook said that groups are a critical component to the site experience, uniting users around a "common goal or issue.
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Not that long ago, it looked as though Facebook might be softening its previous stance on real names, with comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that suggested he saw the value of anonymity in some cases — and at the same time, the social network has expanded the number of gender-related selections users have to choose from. Despite those moves, however, some gay and transgender users say the site is forcing them to use their birth names or have their pages blocked. Queerty said it was alerted to the crackdown by Sister Roma, the drag persona of a gay man named Michael Williams, who has been forced to change his account to his given name.
The charity drives were launched on Facebook's new Fundraisers feature, and all proceeds will go to American Friends of Rainbow Railroad — the American non-profit arm of the Canadian organization that works to help LGBTQ refugees in crisis. Reports first surfaced of a state-sponsored, violent campaign against Chechen men who are suspected of being gay or bisexual — which is highly taboo in Chechnya. Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported that as many as LGBTQ men had been arrested, detained and tortured, with three confirmed deaths and as many as 20 men believed to have been killed by police. Both Russian and Chechen authorities have denied the claims.