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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It's Not Easy Being Gay

Rowena Gay wasn't able to register at Facebook.com because hers was not a "proper name."

It is not the first time the name Gay has caused consternation for Internet users.

Nelson woman Gay Hamilton was reprimanded by Telecom when she tried to send its helpdesk an e-mail.

Telecom replied that her e-mail contained language - her name - that was "not appropriate for business-like communication". [Link]
Fortunately, there are places where Gays can share their problems and ask for help.

Miriam

I have a close relative whose married last name is Japanese: Takeshita (tuh-KESH-ih-tuh). She has had one heck of a time trying to get user names for all kinds of online services, including e-mail, as I'm sure you can imagine!

Chris

I pity any kid in America going to school with that name. The mispronunciations must be mortifying!

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