Gay Radio Novella will be broadcast to Latino Farm Workers in California

Considering how the comedy “Will and Grace” moved social acceptance of gay rights forward in our country, the more serious radionovela, “Bienvenidos a Casa,” or “Welcome Home,” is a great idea. It features the story of a gay teenager who is rejected by latino society then accepted by his mother, then his neighbors:

Activists say it’s the first time information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues is reaching rural Latino farmworker communities in a language and format that’s accessible.

The three-episode radionovela, developed in collaboration with San Francisco State University and California Rural Legal Assistance, was based on input from community focus groups and performed by community volunteers.

Many Latinos grew up listening to radionovelas, which in some parts of Latin America are more popular than television and have inspired the creation of telenovelas – TV soap operas. The radio dramas depict life’s struggles through recurring characters and themes. In recent years, short radionovelas have become an increasingly popular way to raise awareness of various issues among Latino audiences in the U.S.

Welcome change for a culture that is used to ridiculing and trumpeting negative stereotypes. Latino entertainment has been in dire need of positive messages regarding acceptance of differing sexual orientations and gender expression.

Note from Joe: This is a pretty cool development — and can only help with potential allies. Last year, polling in California showed that Latino Catholics are actually strong supporters of marriage equality. Family matters.




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Radio Soap Opera Portrays Gay Discrimination

RADIO AUDIO SOUND RECORDING STUDIO X390 (PHOTOS.COM) | ADVOCATE.COMA three-part radionovela is scheduled to broadcast on Spanish radio
stations as part of an attempt to educate California’s rural Latino
population more about LGBT rights and issues.
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Hope for the future: Another youngster speaks up for LGBT equality

Malcolm and his letter

Back in November, 2009, then 10-year-old Will Phillips of West Fork, Ark., made headlines around the country when he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the rest of his classmates because the pledge includes the phrase “with liberty and justice for all,” and Will knew that LGBT Americans aren’t really guaranteed that liberty and justice.

Now, a 7-year-old named Malcolm is speaking out for LGBT equality, and putting his money where his mouth is.

Recently, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center received an envelope containing a $70 donation and a hand-written note that read: “I am sending you this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” It was signed, “Malcolm.”

There was another note with the donation, this one from Malcolm’s mom. She explained that in an effort to help Malcolm learn the importance of helping improve the world around him, he had been given $140 to donate to the charity of his choice. And when Malcolm heard a story on the radio about LGBT people being mistreated, he got so upset that he decided he would donate his money to LGBT causes.

Malcolm chose to split his his $140, giving half to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the other half to the Human Rights Campaign.

We all know that nonprofits of all stripes always need money. But they — and all of us, in fact — also always need hope. Malcolm gave the Gay and Lesbian Center and the HRC both. And he gave hope to all of us.

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GOPer Pawlenty engages in political gay-bashing on hate group radio show

Alvin McEwen from Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters sent this news about prospective GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty jumping on the gay bashing bandwagon while on the radio show of the designated hate group American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Pawlenty uttered all the usual anti-gay talking points. And, he also said he’d reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. You know, because only 80% of the American people support ending that policy. Right Wing Watch got it on video:

Alvin provided some context and excellent commentary:

As we all know, the AFA has been called an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and mostly because of comments made by [AFA's Bryan] Fischer.

However Pawlenty was only interested in playing nice with Fischer, even to the point of talking positively of reinstating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

Bryan, I have been a public and repeat supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but if you look at how the combat commanders and the combat units feel about it, the results of those kinds of surveys were different than the ones that were mostly reported in the newspaper and that is something I think we need to pay attention to. But I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.

Now why a prospective presidential candidate would grace a program from someone who voices such awful opinions is beyond me. Let’s be clear about something – if Fischer’s comments had been racist or anti-Semitic, Pawlenty wouldn’t have dared to come on his program.

But since they pertaining to the lgbt community, some folks may think that these comments and Pawlenty’s appearance on the program of the person making then are both okay.

And it’s par for the course for Pawlenty.

And, it will be par for the course for most of the GOP presidential candidates — except Fred Karger — as the campaign unfolds.




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Dr. Laura Signs Deal for Satellite Radio Show with Sirius XM

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who said she was giving up radio back in August after her much-publicized N-word rant, has signed a deal with Sirius XM (which has previously broadcast a syndicated version of her terrestrial radio show), according to an AP report, published prematurely.

The HuffPost reports:

"Schlessinger will begin on Sirius XM on January 3, just three days after signing off from terrestrial radio."

Said Schlessinger in August: "Well, I'm here to say that my contract is up for my radio show at the end of the year and I have made the decision not to do radio anymore. The reason is: I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what's on my mind, and in my heart, what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent, and attack affiliates and attack sponsors…I'm sort of done with that. I'm not retiring. I'm not quitting. I feel energized actually, stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country…I write books. I have blogs. I have my Web site…This is the area — this is the era of the Internet."

According to the report, Schlessinger's new show will be three hours long, broadcast daily.


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Dr. Laura Staying on Radio

DR LAURA X390 (GETTY IMAGES) | ADVOCATE.COMThree days after ending her radio show in December in the wake of her now infamous “n-word” rant, Dr. Laura will debut a new 3-hour radio show on Sirius XM.
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Texas Radio Host Attacks Joel Burns

The day after openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns made his now-famously impassioned speech about bullying and gay suicides, local radio host Chris Krok launched a vile and homophobic attack on Burns that is just now getting wider attention. “Stop lying, you don’t have a ‘husband.’” Etc, etc.

Joe. My. God.

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Beyond ‘CNN fires Rick Sanchez after media-controlled-by-Jews rant on satellite radio’

This story is so bizarre. I can’t be sure what was running through Rick Sanchez’s mind, but somehow the intimacy of doing a radio program must have lulled him into a state of mind that allowed that little sensor in your head that stops you from saying something supremely stupid/racist/insane to malfunction. (The Box):

CNN has fired anchor Rick Sanchez, following a radio rant Thursday night where he called Jon Stewart a “bigot,” blamed CNN brass for discrimination against him and insinuated that the media industry is controlled by Jews.

Sanchez had gone on Pete Dominick’s Sirius XM show to promote his new book, “Conventional Idiocy.” While on air, he called Stewart a “bigot,” implied that CNN is controlled by Jews and that the network passed him over for promotion because he’s Latino.

The full transcript is here . It’s worth reading because no paraphrasing can capture the meltdown. I’m not particularly interested in his attacks on Jon Stewart; Sanchez has been the butt of his jokes, and Sanchez sees that as racist. All Rick’s done is give Stewart more to poke fun at.

Where Sanchez goes off the rails starts with his reference to “elite Northeast establishment liberals” that devolves into denying that Jews are an oppressed minority and are holding minorities back, by extension, on CNN.

There are a couple of things that most of the Sanchez-bashers are ignoring because of Rick’s anti-Semitism: 1) the reality of being a minority anchor on that network, and 2) CNN’s history of keeping bigot Lou Dobbs on the air, never reprimanding him for the numerous ON-AIR lies and inflammatory comments about Latinos and other minorities (remember Lou and Obama Waffles?).

Case in point:

RS- I had a guy who works here at CNN who’s a top brass come to me and

say, ‘You know what, I don’t want you to –

PD- ‘Will you wash this dish for me, Sanchez?’

RS- No no, see that’s the thing; it’s more subtle. White folks usually don’t see it. But we do – those of us who are minorities and women see it sometimes too from men in authority. Here, I’ll give you my example its this ‘You know what, I don’t want you anchoring anymore, I really don’t see you as an anchor, I see you more as a reporter, I see you more as a John Quinones – you know the guy on ABC. That’s what he told me. He told me he saw me as John Quinones. Now, did he not realize that he was telling me, ‘When I see you I think of Hispanic reporters’? Cause in his mind I can’t be an anchor. An anchor is what you give the high-profile white guys, you know.

Rick’s not pulling that out of his ass. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women’s Media Center, who had a storied 23-year career as a news anchor at New York’s local WNBC-TV. She anchored the 6PM newscast (and won an Emmy). She has said much the same thing (sans Sanchez’s slur, of course) about how female anchors are similarly siloed. One news director told her flat-out that viewers “want to see a man in prime time.” She asked what studies or polls he was basing his view on. He had none to cite. Yes, that’s right. Just a “gut feeling” about what people want to see.

The bottom line is that it’s hard to break that glass ceiling, a point Rick Sanchez could have made without resorting to his Jewish conspiracy theory.

Anyway, I suppose that Rick can continue his book tour and think about his next options…and about that broken sensor.

And about Lou “The Brown Menace Is Upon Us” Dobbs? Why the flip didn’t CNN have the hair-trigger trap door for him? The YouTubes of him going off on-air, on the network are numerous. And the Obama Waffles incident at the Values Voter Summit in 1998, Lou stopped by the vendor table to give a slamming endorsement of the product (“My wife will love this!”)? That didn’t cost Lou his job.

It doesn’t excuse Sanchez’s remarks, but it does call into question the objectivity of using bigotry as a principal reason for dismissal at CNN.

 
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CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Fired Over “Jews Run The Networks” Radio Comments

CNN fired its popular daytime anchor Rick Sanchez late today after he complained to a national satellite radio audience that Jews run the nation’s media outlets.

It started relatively innocently, with Sanchez expressing irritation at being lumped in with other Hispanic TV journalists by a CNN boss. Racist attitudes aren’t rooted on the political right, he added, but also extend to “elite, Northeast establishment liberals.” “Deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier,” Sanchez continued. Then he said: “I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Comedy Central comic Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.” How’s that? asked the puzzled Dominick. “I think he looks at the world through his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that,” replied Sanchez, speaking of Stewart. “Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”

Sanchez: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”

Rich Sanchez’ career has been no stranger to controversy. While a local anchor in South Florida, he struck and paralyzed a pedestrian while driving out of a Miami Dolphins game. Sanchez then fled the scene, only returning two hours later for a breathalyzer test which still showed him over the legal limit. He later plead no contest to DUI, but was never charged with running over the man. That case was daily news for many months when I lived in Florida.

Here’s the clip that got Sanchez fired.

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Government Seeding Americans With Gay-Causing MSG In Juice Boxes, Claims Rational Texas Radio Host

Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, of The Alex Jones Show, knows America's real problem isn't with more gays on television, but more gays in real life. Who's to blame? The government, of course: Jones says he's seen the documents proving the feds are engaged in a "chemical warfare operation … so that people don't have children." And how are they feeding distributing these nefarious nelly chemicals? By putting MSG in juice boxes! It makes dudes want to wear skirts and put on lipstick! Mr. Jones also happens to operate the websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com, which alternate between attacking Lady Gaga fans and pumping up gold prices. (Update: Appears this clip has been circulating for a few months.)

[via Gawker]


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