Topics :: free speech

Sochi Organizers Clarify Free-Speech Issue

By Chris Lehourites | Thursday Jan 30, 2014
A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict IOC President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences, organizers issued a back-pedaling statement ’’to clarify."

Madonna’s Secret Film to Launch Global Free Speech Initative

By EDGE | Wednesday Sep 18, 2013
Barely 24 hours after briefly alluding to work on a secret project during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Madonna revealed Tuesday the release of her short film "secretprojectrevolution," which will launch her Art for Freedom initiative.

Ohio High School Selectively Bans Pro-Gay T-Shirts

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Nov 5, 2012
Students from a high school in CelinOhio weren’t allowed to wear pro-gay rights t-shirts. Officials said they were too political. The students claim that classmates have worn Tees with pro-life and Mitt Romney messages.

Critics Lambast Censoring of NYC Public School Student’s Marriage Equality Speech

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
A New York City fifth grader in a public school will be allowed to read his pro-gay marriage speech in a school competition after a principal initially prohibited him from doing so.

Ohio School to Let Gay Student Wear T-shirt 1 Day

By Lisa Cornwell | Thursday Apr 5, 2012
A gay student suing his Ohio high school for prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance will be allowed to wear the shirt for one day.

St. Petersburg, Russia, Passes Homophobic Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
St. Petersburg is now the second city in Russia to pass a law that would ban "gay propaganda." The legislation will ban literature that promotes "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors."

NJ Teacher on Facebook: Gays Are ’Like Cancer’

By Kilian Melloy | Thursday Oct 13, 2011
A New Jersey high school teacher reportedly posted anti-gay remarks to her Facebook page that included claims that being gay is a "sin" and a comment that compared gays to cancer.

Nashville Paramedic Suspended for Anti-Gay Facebook Post

By Kilian Melloy | Thursday Sep 22, 2011
A paramedic with the Nashville Fire Department posted anti-gay messages online at Facebook as well as on the fire department’s own web page, prompting a two-month suspension.

The Guy Behind the Tracy Morgan Facebook Flap :: EDGE Interviews Kevin Rogers

By Kilian Melloy | Tuesday Jul 5, 2011
Kevin Rogers, the publisher of bear-centric magazine Fuzz, was just doing what he does when he wrote a Facebook account of Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant in Tennessee. But Rogers set off a media sensation. EDGE interviews the man who sparked a firestorm.

Bradley Manning Supporter Plans Suit for Seizure

By Jay Lindsay | Friday May 13, 2011
An outspoken advocate for an Army private accused of funneling classified documents to Wikileaks plans to file suit Friday, claiming federal agents illegally seized confidential information from him at a Chicago airport.