GLAAD to MSM: Fallacious discrimination is not punditry

We’ve long said that basic respect and decent treatment aren’t concepts towards which we as a society can or should just “agree to disagree.” And we’ve long been annoyed with the way the mainstream media likes to present human beings’ lives, loves, and intrinsic worth as a two-sided, “Crossfire”-style debate (especially when they feature figures like Peter “let’s export and/or criminalize gays” Sprigg, as CNN recently did). Because obviously, a conversation regarding who is and is not supposedly acceptable within our shared spectrum of normalcy is one that transcends politics. Those who castigate LGBT people for virtues no greater than sexual orientation and gender identity are not simply bringing forth a “different viewpoint” — they are working to “cure” what is not broken.

Now, we’re happy to say that GLAAD is turning that notion into a national campaign:

Tell CNN to Make a New Year’s Resolution:

Keep Away From the Anti-Gay Industry
[GLAAD]

We like this effort. It feels perfectly timed.

And if groups like FRC want to respond to this kind of campaign, then they’re eventually going to have to respond to the kinds of things their own fellows have actually said in punditry roles:



*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]



*SOURCE: [MSNBC]

These folks’ abstract messenger-shooting will only go so far. In fact, it’s gone too far already, with too little feet/fire-holding.




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Why Doesn’t GLAAD Bust Porn Studios For Marketing ‘Trannies’ and ‘She-Males’?

Hey porn lovers! The Adult Video Network just named its nominees for Best Transsexual Performer. And though I prefer gay porn, the AVN Awards are like the porn Oscars and so I had to take a look. Most of the movie titles had words like "tranny" and "she-male" which made me wonder, Why is GLAAD not all over the trans-porn industry?

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GLAAD can now rent its own car

A happy 25th to our bigger, richer, less pajama-clad cousins at GLAAD:

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation celebrated its anniversary Friday night with a swanky cocktail party at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles.

GLAAD celebrates 25th anniversary [AP via Yahoo!]

Befitting the gay age progression, GLAAD office break rooms have ditched the Twinkies and moved on to Bear Claws.




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GLAAD Celebrates 25 Years With A 1-Second Roast Of John McCain

OH SNAP — Chaz Bono attends GLAAD's 25th anniversary party in Los Angeles on Friday night, where guests "hissed at mentions of Anita Bryant, Laura Schlessinger, John McCain and Mel Gibson."


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GLAAD Fetes 25 Years

JARRETT BARRIOS GLAAD X390 / Advocate.comThe Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, with president Jarrett
Barrios (pictured), celebrated its quarter-century birthday at a
star-studded Los Angeles party on Friday evening.
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Query • 11.19.10

What are you thankful for this year?

…………………….

Carrie Kouri — “I am thankful this year for having such wonderful friends and a loving family in my life!”

Joe S. Hoselton — “GLAAD…without which we might not be on DVD.”

Carl Smith — “I’m thankful to live in a country where the only thing that can hold me back is myself.”

Ty Pressley — “Friends who can make me laugh no matter how bad my day has been.”

Myrna Roy Collins — “My life partner, my daughters, my granddaughter, my aunts and my mom, and last but surely not least, all my friends.”

Kevin White — “I’m thankful that, as a community nationwide, we are standing up loud and clear against the torment bullying has caused so many children just because they are gay.”

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Have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask?
E-mail it to nash@dallasvoice.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 19, 2010.

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GLAAD: Chris Krok disciplined; station to apologize for anti-gay rant against Joel Burns

Chris Krok

The other day we brought attention to a homophic rant by Dallas radio host Chris Krok of KLIF 570 AM, who ridiculed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ recent “It Gets Better” speech. According to a report from GLAAD on Monday, Krok has been disciplined for the rant, and the station is working toward an on-air apology:

On behalf of Joel and the many others whose life stories intersect with his, GLAAD made a phone call this afternoon to Jeff Catlin, the operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas, KLIF’s parent company.  The conversation was a productive one; Catlin both understands and shares our concern.  As the person who oversees KLIF, Catlin acknowledged that he has the “responsibility to be responsible” for what airs on the station.

Without going into detail, Catlin said that he spoke with Krok and that he was disciplined shortly after the segment aired.  He also pointed out that Krok has not spoken about this since then.

After speaking with GLAAD, Catlin also realizes the need to issue some sort of on-air apology.  He wants Krok (who’s out of the office until tomorrow) to be “part of the solution.”  To that end GLAAD, Catlin and Krok will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss what such a solution will look like.  We’ll be certain to let you know in advance so you can be sure to tune-in.

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GLAAD: Tyler station to pull anti-gay segment; Joel Burns will appear on newscasts Friday

KETK, the NBC affiliate in Tyler, has agreed to remove from its website a segment that aired Wednesday morning in which the station asked viewers whether acceptance of homosexuality will be the downfall of America, according to GLAAD. KETK has also agreed to have openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns appear on its newscasts on Friday, GLAAD said. However, the KTBB 92.1 FM radio host who was apparently behind the segment, Garth Meier, has yet to take responsibility for it.

From GLAAD:

In response to GLAAD’s outreach and community outcry, here’s what KETK plans to do:

–For starters, at GLAAD’s request, KETK has removed from their Web site the eight-minute piece that ran yesterday – the re-airing of the KTBB segment and accompanying video.

–GLAAD pitched Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns to do an interview with the station.  Burns, who has garnered significant media attention and praise for his advocacy against anti-LGBT bullying, will appear on KETK newscasts tomorrow to discuss why potentially harmful questions like Maier’s should not be asked – and certainly not broadcast over public airwaves – in the first place.  (Please note that this blog will be updated as more time-specific information becomes available about when you can see Joel on KETK.)

–In addition to Joel appearing on KETK, General Manager Dave Tillery has also responded to our request that he appear on-camera to speak on behalf of the station.  Dave realizes how important it is that the station acknowledge in front of their viewers what they’ve acknowledged to GLAAD over the phone – that a segment like Wednesday’s has no place on the airwaves of a reputable news organization.  Furthermore, Dave plans to acknowledge the potential harm that could be caused by Wednesday’s report and will commit, on behalf of the station, to being more careful in the future.

–Lastly, KETK is rethinking how they will repackage KTBB Talkback content for future newscasts.  KETK General Manager Dave Tillery shared with GLAAD that he will be meeting tomorrow with Paul Gleiser, KTBB’s owner/general manager.

GLAAD appreciates KETK’s response to our outreach.  We applaud their willingness to learn from their mistakes.  We look forward to watching tomorrow’s follow-up and to recognizing the station’s improvement in days to come.

UPDATE: The president of KTBB 92.1 FM has issued an apology of sorts:

The Talkback question that aired on KTBB Radio and was simulcast on KETK NBC 56 television in Tyler on Wednesday, October 27 was unfortunate in its wording and unfortunate in the perception that it created among a large number of thoughtful individuals. The question, “Will the acceptance of homosexuality lead to the fall of America?” is poorly worded at best and inappropriate altogether at worst. For that, we apologize.

There are many issues surrounding homosexuality that are fair game for discussion in the media and in opinion journalism. The proper role, if any, for openly gay individuals in the military, the legitimacy of same-sex marriages and the public behavior by some individuals at gay and lesbian events held outdoors in public view are among topics about which reasonable people may disagree. These and other topics surrounding homosexuality are topics that talk radio hosts and opinion journalists may legitimately pose to their respective audiences.

With that said, the way our Talkback question was posed might be seen as asking, “Do homosexuals, by their very existence, threaten to bring down America?” We believe that such a question, posed in such a manner, is likely to generate more heat than light.

I understand how those who either heard, or heard about, KTBB’s Talkback question on Wednesday might have been offended. For the offense that was taken, we sincerely apologize.

Paul L. Gleiser, President
KTBB Radio


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GLAAD forces Barney the dinosaur into advocacy, whether he likes it or not

A new GLAAD effort:

WEAR PURPLE ON OCTOBER 20 FOR SPIRIT DAY

Screen Shot 2010-10-18 At 5.22.43 PmHow can you help show your support for the teens who took their lives because of anti-LGBT bullying?



-Wear purple on October 20!

-Click here to turn your Twitter profile pic purple now through October 20

-Click here to turn your Facebook profile pic purple now through October 20 – then click on the new photo and click “Make Profile Pic”

-On Wednesday, post this tweet: I’m wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying – make your profile pic purple today #SpiritDay http://glaad.org/spiritday

-On Wednesday, post this Facebook status: I’m wearing purple today to support LGBT youth – make your profile pic purple today for Spirit Day at http://glaad.org/spiritday

-Help promote by downloading this graphic for your blog or website

On Twitter? Use the hashtag #SpiritDay in your tweets – let’s make #SpiritDay a trending topic!

WHAT IS SPIRIT DAY?

The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of “Spirit Week” held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.

Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.

Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.

As one of the event’s Facebook pages says: “This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.”

Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we’ve tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. ‘Go Purple’ today!

WEAR PURPLE ON OCTOBER 20 FOR SPIRIT DAY [GLAAD]

Or, alternately, you can sleep with someone from an opposite-colored state than yourself (Red+Blue = Purple). Whatever tickles your pickle eggplant.




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News: Cheyenne Jackson, GLAAD, Cancer, Jersey Shore

 road Students in Wisonsin rally around woman who was punched in the face for wearing a "Legalize Gay" t-shirt.

Cj  road Cheyenne Jackson and his partner of 10 years, Monte Lapka, secretly became domestic partners in NYC over the summer: "We wanted to get as married as we could. I think we were filling in some forms for wills or insurance, and I just thought, Let's just make this as legal as we can."

 road That bigoted billboard that depicted President Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit, and a gay man has finally been taken down.

 road James Cameron and Angelina Jolie rumored to bring their version of Cleopatra to the big screen.

 road Two minutes of the some of the best laughs you'll have all day, thanks to Christine O'Donnell and Bill Maher.

 road Even president Obama thinks that O'Donnell poses a real threat this election season.

 road GLAAD not happy with Vince Vaughn's recent defense of the homophobic joke in his new movie: "Vince is right. Comedy does bring us together, unless one of us is the punchline. Then it pushes us apart.”

 road A gay Atlanta man has given us what he thinks is the liberal version of the Tea Party: The Coffee Party USA.

Tunnel   road After billion and 35 miles of digging, the world's largest tunnel opens in Switzerland.

 road Gavin Newson wanst to be more than just the "Gay Marriage mayor."

 road The Jersey Shore castmates absolutely loved being mocked on South Park.

 road Alexander Skarsgard steps out in denim.

 road Scientist claims that cancer is a modern affliction: "The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation."

 road Nick Cannon on Chelsea Handler: "Angry ugly whitetrash."

 road Prince will welcome you 2 America this December.


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