Friday, September 10, 2010

Lesbians excluded from Google's new feature

Google’s brand-new feature which starts searching for your items before you’ve even pressed ‘Search’, is fine unless you’re looking for ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ things.

Google Instant “excludes certain terms related to pornography, violence and hate speech,” says the net giant. Unfortunately, ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ – reasonable terms used to refer to someone’s sexual orientation – are included on that list.

Meanwhile, the words ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’, ‘queer’, ‘dyke’, ‘transvestite’, and ‘transgender’ are OK to be used, while the word ‘faggot’ is not – wisely, as the word often regarded as ‘hate speech’.

”’Lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ are not pornography, violence, or hate speech,” notes US-based lobby website “It seems discriminatory for Google to place lesbian and bisexual in the porn category. They are valid identities, and they should be accepted by Google as appropriate and allowable search terms.” is encouraging people to petition Google to OK ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ for its Instant search function.