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Gay? Facebook Says No.

It would seem that Myspace is no longer the social networking flavour of the month – that torch has now been passed to Facebook. But already there’s controversy – no, no suicide pacts just yet, but new members to Facebook can have the surname Hitler, but not the surname Gay.

With over 30 million members, Facebook is a run away success. With those numbers and that amount of data, it’s practically Orwellian.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the error was discovered when New Zealand woman Rowena Gay tried to sign up to the site and was rejected. “Please enter a legitimate surname,” it said. She eventually had to use her middle name to get past it.

It’s not easy bearing the surname Gay. Back in Sydney in 1991 the Honourable DJ Gay even took it to parliament, asking for Mardi Gras and the pride movement in general to be renamed.

“I have suggested lightheartedly that the so-called gay movement should not be called the gay movement but rather the homosexual movement… My family have suffered and I know a lot of other people who bear the surname of Gay have suffered because of the adoption by the homosexual community of that word.”

Oops. Needless to say he didn’t get his wish. Sorry to all the Gays out there.

One would think that Facebook would learn from Myspace’s mistakes – earlier this year they made headlines when new members were unable to select ‘gay’ as an option when signing up. It was later revealed to be a technical oversight.

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rheiner said on the 12th Jul, 2007

"Rowena Gay" is the best name ever.


meezon04 said on the 12th Jul, 2007

what about reknowned racehorse trainer Gaye Waterhouse?

danny corvini

danny corvini said on the 12th Jul, 2007

DJ Gay? What a great name!

Tim D

Tim D said on the 12th Jul, 2007

What if your name was Mr Gaylord? Would they allow that?


GenesisInVain said on the 13th Jul, 2007

What a name... come on, one of my friend's last name is Crapp..imagine the shit she goes through


koho said on the 13th Jul, 2007

one of my mates mothers name is that one!


blakeburger said on the 15th Jul, 2007

I've always wanted an 'I Facebooked Your Daddy' t-shirt. Maybe one day.


B-side said on the 17th Jul, 2007

lucky her middle name wasn't 'Gay' as well like a friend of mine...then there would have been "NO FACEBOOK FOR YOU!"(facebook Nazi)


taylor-dayne said on the 17th Jul, 2007

a friend of mine went shopping for clothes and the sales assistant's name was GAYLENE. too camp.


taylor-dayne said on the 17th Jul, 2007

i also heard roseanne say to leon (in a recent episode of roseanne) - "you couldn't be any gayer if your name was GAY GAYERSON!"


mattsyd said on the 17th Jul, 2007

rowena, gay and new zealand, heaven

Adam Bishop

Adam Bishop said on the 19th Jul, 2007

Is Facebook really the new MySpace? But I haven't even had a MySpace that long! (Then again I've only recently got an mp3 player)


Luka said on the 20th Jul, 2007

Maybe fag would have been accepted...