Humor and Visibility: A Chat With the Person Behind #BisexualFacts

I’m really proud of #bisexualfacts today. Good day for laughing instead of being angry. — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 Point of clarification: #bisexualfacts the HT itself was not my invention, it got used a couple years back — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 but I »

Tom Daley, #BisexualFacts and Queer Visibility

Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our interview with @verylemonade, who tells us she started the hashtag in response to mainstream media commentary on the issue. Olympic diver Tom Daley recently came out on his YouTube channel as being in a relationship with a man. Despite Daley clearly admitting to liking »

The Civic Beat Goes to SXSW

I am so pleased to announce that I will be speaking on a panel at SXSW Interactive this coming March on a subject perfect for The Civic Beat: The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes. Tackling this exciting and fun topic with me will be panel organizer, Andres Monroy-Hernandez of »

When Pastas Fall In Love… and #BoycottBarilla

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Barilla Group pasta empire, is apologizing for his remarks last week about gay families. Last Thursday, The Independent reported that Barilla expressed his views on La Zanzara, an Italian radio show: “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like »

#AskAMemeMaker – What did we learn?

A few months ago, as part of our efforts to build a community around The Civic Beat and meme-making, we launched #AskAMemeMaker Day, in the same vein as #AskACurator.  Hyperallergic, one of our spiritual blog forebears, was kind enough to write a short piece about it, and we were pleased »

The Civic Beat Sundae: September 15 Edition

Introducing… The Civic Beat Sundae: Your weekly scoop of internet culture writing from ’round the web.  The Civic Beat team has been tinkering a lot in the background as we prepare our public-facing site and research, and we realized we’ve been coming across a slew of articles and research already out »

Red, Pink, and the Prop 8 Blues: the Overwhelming Online Support for Marriage Equality

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA– After years of struggle in the battle for marriage equality, LGBT activists and supporters are all dressed up for their big day. The wedding whites will have to wait (for now) but gay marriage supporters are wearing red—at least on their Facebook profiles—to show support for the »