September 17, 2014
The guys talk about which is best: yoga, power-lifting, or CrossFit. (Maybe some acting classes wouldn't hurt, either.)
Web filtering service Symantec announced yesterday that it will no longer provide support for a system that blocks access to "gay and lesbian" material.
The firm, which is also responsible for Norton AntiVirus, had been lumping LGBT websites that provide news, charity and support with sites that contain porn. The "lifestyle-sexual orientation" category will soon be removed from all the Symantec databases.
According to a press release: “This update, which is in the process of being implemented at the product level, will mean that LGBT-related web content will be evaluated, categorized, and treated the same as other news, political and entertainment content.”
"Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision," explained Fran Rosch, an executive vice president at Symantec. "Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec's values and the mission of our software."
Customers will still be able to block out "offensive" material, but will be unable to target sites simply because they contain queer content.
GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis applauded the move, saying that it shows that "Symantec gets it."
"It's time that our software reflects our values," she said, "and that means filtering out discrimination."
Symantec Decides It No Longer Needs To Filter The Gay Out Of The Web [ReadWrite]
Symantec Stops Blocking LGBT Websites [The Backlot]
September 16, 2014
A sad little conference attended by sad little people was recently held in Moscow. It brought together groups who hate gays so much that they want to prohibit people from talking about homosexuality in a positive light.
At the "Large Family and Future of Humanity" conference a resolution was passed calling for lobbyists around the world “to work for the adoption of legislative bans on all types propaganda concerning homosexual relationships” in order to “uphold the interests of children” across the world. (It's okay if kids go hungry, as long as they never have to see two men kiss!)
The resolution also supported a study on “the negative social and psychological effects of raising children in same-gender couples," to help stop same-sex couples from adopting.
The event was hosted by Russian businessman Vladimir Yakunin, a close advisor to Vladimir Putin. In attendance were several US-based groups, including the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the National Organisation for Marriage.
In related news, the area surrounding the event had to be evacuated because of the unbearable stench of bullshit.
Moscow Takes a Break From Ukraine Fighting to Hate on Gays Some More [New York Magazine]
Moscow Forum Sends Out Urgent Appeal For More 'Gay Propaganda' Bans [On Top Magazine]