Facebook to be honored by GLAAD in San Francisco this weekend

Will become the first-ever social media site to receive a GLAAD Media Award

Facebook to be honored by GLAAD in San Francisco this weekend
31 May 2012

Facebook may not have been a hit on Wall Street this month but the social network company is tops with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

GLAAD will present Facebook with a Special Recognition Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on Saturday (2 June).

The award is for company’s strong stand and leadership around bullying prevention as well as its inclusive options for LGBT users. 

‘Facebook has set the bar high for ensuring LGBT people have a safe space to connect with friends and family,’ said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. ‘GLAAD is pleased to present this award to Facebook in recognition of its efforts to make their platform welcoming to everyone.’

GLAAD notes that after violent anti-gay images and comments were posted on a memorial page for LGBT youth, Facebook worked with them to monitor the highly visible page.

It also launched, in conjunction with several LGBT organizations including GLAAD, he Human Rights Campaign (HRC); the Trevor Project; the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Network of Support.

The award will be presented to Facebook’s Andrew Noyes and Sara Sperling by high school student Brittany McMillan. It was McMillan who launched the idea for Spirit Day where participants to wear purple or change their Facebook photo to purple in support of LGBT youth and to stand up against bullying.

Other notable LGBT actions by Facebook: Gives users the options to select ‘In a Civil Union’ and ‘In a Domestic Partnership’ for their relationship status; and added Help Center content that provides guidance on how users can help an LGBT person who has posted suicidal material.

The San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis follows ceremonies last month in New York and Los Angeles. It will be hosted by Glee star Dianna Agron.

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