Category Archives: LGBT

PRIDE: Facebook Launches Gay App

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Facebook’s float at San Francisco’s PRIDE Parade (photo credit: Ignatius B.)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – The LGBTQ PRIDE Parade is just now winding down in the City by the Bay, but the one news that has sparked an even bigger celebration is Facebook’s launch of a new social media app that’s exclusively reserved for gay men and women.

It’s called GayBook.

For several years now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been resisting the urge to create a new social media platform that would be Facebook’s version of the growing number of gay dating apps.

Aside from gay.com or Grindr, a quick Google search would call up many other gay dating and chat apps:

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In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Zuckerberg said it’s time for the popular social networking site to branch out to this all-important community. “They’re ten percent of the world’s population. That means by 2050, there will be 1 Billion of them, something that we at Facebook can no longer ignore.”

Unlike the regular Facebook app, Gaybook will pre-screen and approve all accounts.  One of the requirements is for account applicants to sign and upload a document certifying that they, indeed, are gay.

Happy PRIDE! Happy GayBook!

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PRIDE MONTH: LGBT Community Struggles With Identity

IMG_2108SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Questioning. Homo. Gender-bending. Gender-variant. Cross-dresser. Closeted. Out. Two-spirit. Mahu. Bakla. On-the-bus.

In a politically-correct societal atmosphere, not one word is sufficient to describe the diversity of the gay and lesbian community.  Oftentimes, in the struggle for inclusion, the community sometimes ends up being divisive (and divided) and very sensitive to the many labels that describe — or try to describe — it.

So, in the spirit of inclusion, and in celebration of PRIDE month, we propose an all-inclusive acronym to refer to this very diverse community:

LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ.

Facebook Now Tracks If You’re Gay!

IMG_2098.PNGMENLO PARK, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – What happens on the Internet shows up on the Internet.

It is no secret that Facebook and other social media platforms track your every move — the places you go to, what you buy, your relationships, your financial accounts and more.

But who knew that Facebook also tracks your sexual orientation and gender preference?

If you’ve posted anything on your wall that’s closely linked to the LGBT community, then Facebook now tags you as such — gay!

This month, in celebration of PRIDE, gay men and women started noticing a new emoticon on their Facebook accounts.  And it’s rainbow-colored!

If you happen to be straight and the gay emoticon shows up, you are advised to contact Facebook immediately to correct the error.  If you do nothing, the gay tag will forever be on your FB account.