Ruby Rose Quits Twitter Over Batwoman Backlash

Reports claim that actor Ruby Rose has left Twitter, after a strong backlash over her proposed portrayal of the lesbian comics character Batwoman. The character Batwoman, whose secret identity is Kathy Kane,...

Sara Gilbert says Rosanne cancellation was correct

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George Takei wishes uncertain accuser “peace.”

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Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter: Facebook oversharing crosses lines

OK. Enough is enough people. Some of you on Facebook have lost your damn minds. While scrolling on my Facebook feed recently, I saw a picture of an open casket. That’s right, someone decided the perfect time...
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Melissa Carter: Spoiler alert

Melissa Carter

I love the Olympics. As long as I can remember, the Olympics have been a must-watch event for me and my family, and gave momentary inspiration that I too could be an Olympic athlete.

The London Games, however, offer a different challenge than in years passed. I still think I could find a random sport in which to achieve Olympic stardom, but as a spectator I have to decide if I want to find out results ahead of time, or wait until the American television coverage. I find I am choosing the latter.

The London Olympics are considered the first real-time Games, according to NBC is hosting 3,500 hours of live coverage on nine TV channels, plus online streaming, compared to the 2,200 live hours provided from Beijing in 2008, and the 400 hours shown from Vancouver two years ago.

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Culture club: The year’s biggest LGBT media moments

The year's top media stories

Chaz Bono danced with the stars, Lady Gaga spoke out after a “Little Monster” committed suicide, a gay teen’s video went viral when he defended his two moms to the Iowa legislature, and gay characters went all the way on “Glee.”

LGBT individuals and issues were everywhere in the media this year. Here are some of the biggest moments from social media, television, music, movies and theater.

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Gay on Facebook: It’s complicated

Facebook and the LGBT rights movement

Credited with helping fuel uprisings in faraway places such as Egypt and Libya, Facebook is also revolutionizing the gay rights movement — and the overall LGBT experience — across the United States.

The social networking site was the primary tool used by grassroots organizers in numerous cities throughout the country as they planned protests in response to the passage of Prop 8, the gay marriage ban, in California in 2008. It has amplified the visibility of gay-affirming campaigns such as National Coming Out Day and the National Day of Silence, and provided broad exposure for new initiatives including the No H8 photo project and National Spirit Day, when people were encouraged to wear purple and infuse purple into their profile photo to express solidarity against anti-gay bullying.

But Facebook’s effect on LGBT lives has been far more personal than organizing and getting the word out about gay events. For LGBT adults, the site has dramatically altered the coming-out process —  either making it easier by replacing countless, emotionally wrought conversations with friends, co-workers and people from one’s past, or complicating the effort to remain closeted when every status update or photo you post is showered with flattering comments from people of the same sex.