Remember…10-20-2010

Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.

A memorial page is up on Facebook for the gay teens recently bullied to death by homophobes.

Unfortunately because the h8rs in the world have no decency, shame, or any sense of culpability for the toxic atmosphere that kills gay youth, GLAAD has had to work closely with Facebook to protect this memorial page from flamers and cyber-bullies.

Today, Facebook told GLAAD that new measures have been put in place to respond more quickly to the hateful comments and troll activity.

“Educating people about the lasting and damaging impacts of ignorant and hateful comments is a responsibility shared by parents, educators, organizations like GLAAD, and services like Facebook. We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very seriously and react quickly to reports of inappropriate content and behavior. The goal of these policies is to strike a very delicate balance between giving people the freedom to express their opinions and viewpoints–even those that may be controversial to some–and maintaining a safe and trusted environment,” said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes. “We have policies that prohibit hateful content and we have built a robust reporting infrastructure and an expansive team to review reports and remove content quickly. In addition to responding to reports, we have automated systems that use a number of factors to flag content that might violate our policies, so we can review and take it down as quickly as possible and before it’s reported.”

“This violent, hateful speech has no place in our media–whether it in print, on the airwaves or online,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Facebook has taken an important first step in making social media a place where anti-gay violence is not allowed. Our community needs to continue to be vigilant and report instances of hateful comments and images across the site to Facebook moderators as well as post messages of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.”

If only it were just a Facebook problem. It’s not. It’s in City Council meetings (gay killing in Norman, Oklahoma). It’s in churches, even (especially?) so-called “Mega-churches” led by closeted gay homophobes. And its in Congress and the White House, with Obama blowing kisses from one side of his mouth and telling us we’re not fit to marry from the other side.

But despite the flames from the likes of crazy RabbisChrist-pervertersTea-Baggers and just plain low-lifes:

We must not forget

We will make things better

We won’t go back

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