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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2014

Google Continues Ban on Word "Bisexual"

 

BERWYN HEIGHTS, MD. In September 2012, Google stated that they were removing "bisexual" from the blacklist of Instant Search terms. Activists noticed in 2013 that this was not the case and renewed the struggle to have the word bisexual treated equally with gaylesbianasexual, and pansexual.

"Despite statements that they will allow the word 'bisexual' to autocomplete, Google still puts up an extra barrier to accessing information on bisexual resources and support," says Sarah Prager, creator of the Quist app. Taking the same approach as with Apple over a similar issue, she created a Change.org petition asking Google to unblock the term. Prager sent an email to Google on March 10, 2014 outlining the request of the petition and has not received a response.

Faith Cheltenham, president of the bisexual advocacy group BiNet USA, was the first individual to sign the petition in August 2013. Cheltenham wrote about this issue in 2012 for the Huffington Post: "Google would like you to think this accident is something they shouldn't be liable for, but their inaction perpetuates ignorance and has exponentially increased the size of the bisexual invisibility field." Watch her video of the ban in action.

Further details and quotes are available on the petition page. The petition can be viewed here. 

Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The app is free for iOS and Android.

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BiPhoria, the oldest bi group in the UK, collected signatures for the petition to Google at  Manchester Pride 2013.
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