WLOX-TV news anchor Dave Elliott recently posted a private Facebook message to his friends only, but somehow it was made public.
According to JimRomenesko.com, the Biloxi, Miss. newsman wrote:
I’m all for the LGBT community’s ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But, it seems like they’ve been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation, just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!
In response, Mediaite.com reports that WLOX wrote on its Facebook page:
Our station is committed to covering news that happens in our community, and issues important to our viewers — that includes the LGBT community... Just this week, we aired several stories about the LGBT community on the coast and a march to the state capitol. I would ask that you let that work speak to our commitment to ALL our viewers.
Elliott apologized for his "gaycation" remark later on his Facebook page:
I recently made an insensitive and unprofessional Facebook post regarding the LGBT community. I did not choose my words wisely and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by it. I’ve advocated for justice and equality my entire life. I hope this heartfelt apology is accepted in the spirit in which it is being made.