Today In Gay: Google Translate Offering Homophobic Translations Of “Gay”

Lena Dunham was at the Sundance Film Festival, where she told MTV she’s psyched the Supreme Court is poised to rule on marriage equality this year, so she can finally marry her musician boyfriend, Jack Antonoff.

“My boyfriend and I have always said we were going to wait until gay marriage was legal to get married, so literally the minute the headline came up I was like, ‘If it happens in April, put a ring on it! It’s time!’” said Dunham with a laugh. “I’m basically just using it as an excuse to get proposed to.”


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Google is deleting from its Google Translate program terms that define the word “gay” with homophobic slurs.

The company was informed of the situation by a petition, which read “Imagine learning English and being taught to say hateful insults instead of neutral language for ‘gay.'”

“As soon as we were informed we immediately worked to fix the issue,”the company said in a statement. “We apologize for any offense this has caused people. Our systems produce translations automatically based on existing translations on the web, so we appreciate when users point out issues such as this.”

When translating “gay” from English into Spanish, French or Portuguese, Google Translate came back with terms like “faggot,” “poof,” “fairy” and “dyke” as synonyms. When the Russian word for “gay” is translated into English, some of the results thrown up include “pansy boy” and “sodomite”

While Google appears to be addressing the issue, reports indicate slurs are still cropping up in the program, used by more than 500 million people every month.


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The Alabama Probate Judges Association tried to argue that the ruling striking down the state’s gay-marriage ban only applies to the plaintiff, and not the entire state. But Judge Callie V.S. Granade issued a clarification that “if the stay is lifted, the Judgment in this case makes it clear that [the marriage bans] are unconstitutional because they violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Granade agreed to put her order on hold for 14 days, but the Attorney General’s Office is arguing that the stay order should remain in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its marriage-equality verdicts this summer.


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Newlyweds Lance Bass and Michael Turchin are ready to start a family, the couple told E! News while promoting the couple’s new special Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, airing February 5 on E!.

“We’re going to enjoy the honeymoon phase for a second, but we want to start a family for sure,” said Bass, 35.”That’s one of the reasons we wanted to commit to each other, to start a family.”

He and Turchin, 28, seem to have it all figured out: “It will be nice to have our own kids first, and then maybe when they’re a little older, adopt a kid that’s around eight or nine,” Bass explained.