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Google Has Gaydar / Google Gets into Outing

Google is doing data analysis for you in your web search, just in an effort to out people or purportedly have gaydar.  Recent articles in The Advocate and Gawker indicate that typing in “is jodie foster gay” will give you a reply Foster’s sexual orientation is, indeed, “Lesbian” (the bold I borrowed from the google search, see image).  The same can be said for a variety of celebrities but there is no rhyme or reason to who is included or why.

I find this to be odd and inappropriate for two reasons.  First, who has the need to make a “best guess” of Katy Perry’s or Enrique Iglesias’ sexuality, or anyone’s sexuality for that matter (unless perhaps you’re aiming to ask them out and find that key)?  While I encourage everyone to be out, we live in a world where this is not yet safe for people because …