A Massachusetts teen thinks Apple is kind of rotten after she discovered the computer giant’s electronic dictionary defined the word gay as foolish or stupid. Becca Gorman, 15, was working on a school project about gay rights when she made the discovery that, after two more reasonable definitions, the program also denoted the word’s slangy use as a homophobic insult.
Though it’s labeled “informal,” the definition doesn’t clarify that the use of gay to mean stupid is considered offensive by many.
Gorman was “in disbelief” about the definition and reached out to Apple to find out what was going on: “I assume that you are a pro-gay company, and would never intend for any one of your products to be as offensive as this definition was,” Gorman wrote. “Even with your addition of the word ’informal,’ this definition normalizes the terrible derogatory twist that many people put on the word ’gay.'”
Apple, which is currently run by gay CEO Tim Cook, replied to Gorman only an hour after she wrote them—indicating they would look into correcting the problem.
Speaking of language, comedian Artie Lange tells HuffPo he doesn’t use gay slurs in his routines anymore.
Lange, who appeared on The Howard Stern Show through 2009 and is currently promoting his book Crash and Burn, said he removed homophobic insults when he became more “enlightened” about their impact. “If someone came to me and told me something I said caused some kid to commit suicide, I’d be in a nuthouse for the rest of my life.”
WorldPride is coming to Madrid, a popular tourist destination for the LGBT community. The festivities—which run from June 28 to July 2—will include a parade, talks, exhibitions and performances, and will be centered on the gayborhood of Chueca.
Organizers of World Pride 2017 said in a statement:
In 2017, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spain’s first Pride Parade in 1977, which marked the beginning of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual rights movement in our country, which was in the full transition process towards democracy after 40 years of dictatorship, being the LGBT community one of the most affected by the repression of the regime.
In 2005 Spain became the third in the world to embrace marriage equality.
Gavin MacLeod, who played Captain Stubing on the classic 70’s show The Love Boat, disappointed more than a few fans when he appeared on American Family Association radio show Today’s Issues. To make matters worse MacLeod, who also co-starred on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, told listeners that he believes the Love Boat theme song is about coming to Jesus Christ.
“’Love exciting and new, come aboard, he’s expecting you’. If you listen to the lyrics it’s all about Jesus,” MacLeod asserted. “It’s a whole new approach to that song. I do that whenever I get into a group of believers, because it gave me – I said, wow, the Lord didn’t tell me about that until how many years we were off the air. And it’s really about ’Come aboard, Jesus will take care of you. There’s a new love waiting for you. A love that will never let you down’.”
Unlike MacLeod, who has totally let us down.
The janitor who tried to expel a couple from Walmart simply because they were gay has been fired.
Earlier this week we reported on Jonathan Pacheco of Chickesha, Oklahoma, who claimed a staffer at the superstore told him and his boyfriend that God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, and then insisted they leave the premises. I was upset. I was just angry at the whole situation,” Pacheco said. “Out of everywhere that we shop in Chickasha, Walmart is the first place that we can’t go now because we’re gay.”
A Walmart spokesperson called the incident “completely unacceptable” and stated that ” the associate involved is no longer with the company.”
Gareth Thomas, the former rugby player who made news by coming out of the closet in 2009, said he’d compete in the Sochi Olympics if he played a winter sport.
“If I was part of a squad going to these countries – I would go there as a gay man and be the best at what I was doing and prove that their laws can not stop me at being the best I can be in my sport,” Thomas told Sportlobster TV. “Athletes often only have one chance to be the best and they have worked so hard to get there that nothing should hold them back.”