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posted by Terence Keane on Wed, Sep 17, 2008
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Did you see this hilarious thing from Leah Garchik's column in the San Francisco Chronicle? I was stunned and amused -- yet sort of horrified -- when John told me this story about how Facebook won't let "gay" people on their site...

When "Gay" is a proper noun

A year and a half ago, John Gay - not the creator of The Beggars' Opera but the new house manager of Berkeley Rep - tried to get onto Facebook, to look at some pictures. Administrators sent a note saying they were sorry but the name was "not approved." So he signed in as John Gray and looked at the pictures.

Last year, the theater company he worked for was doing marketing through Facebook, so he went back on and tried to sign in again. The same thing happened, and he sent an e-mail proclaiming himself to be really and truly John Gay. Administrators demanded he provide them information about his birth date and place of birth, in order to prove himself. (A cousin, he said, is registered as "Gaye.") He jumped through hoops, but they finally allowed him to be himself.

Had his name given him trouble before? "When I was a kid," he said, "it was kind of frustrating. Now it's just kind of fun."

So I urge all of you to make a Gay friend on Facebook today!


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