Gay Issues

GLAAD's Best & Worst Media Stories on Gay Issues So Far This Year

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THE BEST

The New York Times Exposes American Evangelicals Who Promoted Hate in Uganda

In a January 3 article, Jeffery Gettleman reported on three American evangelical Christians who helped prompt an anti-gay bill in Uganda that would sentence some gay and lesbian Africans to execution. The article specifically cites a three-day, anti-gay conference held in Uganda at which Americans Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundrige, and Don Schmierer endorsed anti-gay bias and intolerance. One month after that conference, Ugandan lawmakers introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. Gettleman’s article served to highlight the central role that some American evangelical leaders took in inciting Uganda’s anti-gay bill that would murder innocent people simply for being who they are.

READ THE ARTICLE:
The New York Times –January 3, 2010
“Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push”
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html?hp

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TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD encourages you to contact Jeffery Gettleman and thank him for his article that pinpointed the role of several anti-gay Americans in promoting hate in Uganda and which exposed the violent injustices facing gay and lesbian Ugandans.

CONTACT:
Jeffery Gettleman, The New York Times
Email: http://www.nytimes.com/gst/emailus.html

 

Conservative Icon Ted Olson Presents the Conservative Case for Marriage Equality

In a January 9 Newsweek op-ed, conservative icon Theodore B. Olson, presented some of the most cohesive, responsible, and convincing arguments in favor of marriage equality from the conservative perspective. Olson points out that marriage for same-sex couples underscores such conservative ideals as family, commitment, and community. Olson’s piece also emphasizes the fact that marriage equality transcends partisan lines and serves to make the conservative case in support of same-sex couples who deserve the same protections as their heterosexual counterparts.

 

READ THE ARTICLE:
Newsweek –January 9, 2010
“The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage”
http://www.newsweek.com/id/229957

TAKE ACTION:

GLAAD encourages you to contact Newsweek and thank the magazine for publishing Ted Olson’s op-ed that presented a comprehensive, conservative argument in support of marriage equality and which helped further a more informed conversation about loving and committed same-sex couples.

CONTACT:
Newsweek
Email: [email protected]

 

Sports Illustrated Profiles Hockey Legend Brian Burke after the Tragic Death of His Openly Gay Son

In a February 26 article, Sports Illustrated profiled U.S. Olympic hockey team general manager, Brian Burke. Burke recently suffered the tremendous loss of his openly gay son, Brendan. Farber highlights Brian’s career in the machismo-driven world of hockey and describes how the sudden death of his gay son strengthened Burke’s resolve to be an advocate for LGBT equality. In Brendan’s honor, Burke seeks to eradicate homophobia on the ice and in the locker room. The article not only raises awareness about homophobia in sports, but elevates LGBT voices in a publication whose audience is central to changing hearts and minds in the sports world.

READ THE ARTICLE:
Sports Illustrated –February 26, 2010
“Man of His Word”
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1166489/1/index.htm

TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD encourages you to contact Sports Illustrated reporter Michael Farber and thank him for his article that detailed Brian Burke’s commitment to LGBT equality in sports. Tell Farber that articles like his help break down barriers between sports professionals and their lesbian and gay brothers, sisters and teammates.

CONTACT:
Michael Farber - Sports Illustrated
Email: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/home/feedback/index.htm

 

The Washington Post Defends Historic Front-Page Photo

On March 9, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander defended The Post’s decision to print a picture on the newspaper’s front page that showed two men kissing. The photo, which recorded the first day of marriage equality in Washington D.C., drew complaints from anti-gay readers shortly after its publication. “News photos capture reality. And the prominent display reflects the historic significance of what was occurring,” Alexander wrote on his official Post blog. Marriage equality in the nation’s capital is a landmark achievement and The Washington Post’s decision to document the triumph on its front page was both fair-minded and within the parameters of journalistic integrity. Andrew Alexander’s defense of that decision underscores The Washington Post’s ongoing commitment to fair and accurate LGBT news coverage.

READ THE ARTICLE:
The Washington Post – March 9, 2010
“Readers React to Photo of Two Men Kissing”
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ombudsman-blog/2010/03/readers_react_to_photo_of_two.html#more

TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD encourages you to write to Andrew Alexander and voice your support for The Washington Post’s decision to print a photo of two men kissing after applying for a marriage license in Washington, D.C. Tell Alexander that The Washington Post’s unwavering journalistic integrity lends a voice to countless loving and committed same-sex couples who only want the opportunity to care for and be responsible for each other.

CONTACT:
Andrew Alexander – Ombudsman, The Washington Post
Email: [email protected]

 

Philadelphia Daily News Lends a Voice to Abused LGBT Foster Children

On March 24, The Philadelphia Daily News published an article exposing the abuse that LGBT youth often suffer while in foster care. Guest columnist Cei Bell points out that LGBT youth are often placed in foster housing where the guardian is unprepared to meet the needs of an LGBT child. Similarly, social services agencies often disregard the specific needs of LGBT youth and consequently place children in hostile homes. Bell’s article lends an informed voice to marginalized LGBT foster youth and serves to underscore the need for better resources and education about LGBT youth in America’s foster care system.

READ THE ARTICLE:
The Philadelphia Daily News – March 24, 2010
“Abuse of LGBTQ Children”
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20100324_Abuse_of_LGBTQ_children.html

TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD encourages you to contact The Philadelphia Daily News and thank the newspaper for publishing Cei Bell’s compelling op-ed that calls attention to the abuse of LGBT foster children. Tell the newspaper that raising awareness around this issue will help prompt significant and lasting change for vulnerable LGBT foster children and their families.

CONTACT:
The Philadelphia Daily News
Reader Feedback: http://www.philly.com/philly/about/feedback/

 

THE WORST

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Derides Male Olympic Figure Skaters

During the February 18 broadcast of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist made offensive comments while reporting on the 2010 Olympic Men’s Figure Skating Event. Scarborough joked about the perceived masculinity of the sport and maligned the contribution, commitment, and athleticism of male figure skaters everywhere.

WILLIE GEIST: Joe, I know you’re very, very excited about the uh Men’s Figure Skating tonight. It should be a real battle.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Well, it’s always, every four years I look forward to it. It’s a great chance for me to do a couple things at once. It’s usually where I get my nails buffed and polished while sitting there watching Men’s Figure Skating.

GUEST COMMENTATOR: One thing it does do though, it gives you a preview of what Willie will be wearing when he comes back here to New York.

Scarborough’s comments were both inappropriate and offensive not only to LGBT viewers and allies but to the athletes who worked tirelessly for years on end for a chance to compete at the Olympic Games.

READ MORE:
GLAADblog.org – February 18, 2010
“Some Media Miss the Mark in Covering Olympic Men’s Figure Skating”
http://glaadblog.org/2010/02/18/some-media-miss-the-mark-in-covering-olympic-mens-figure-skating/

TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD urges you to contact MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ and tell the program that degrading Olympic athletes because of their gender expression is unacceptable and offensive. Tell the program that these types of comments perpetuate bullying and even violence directed toward the LGBT community.

CONTACT:
MSNBC – ‘Morning Joe’
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28437928/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_joe/

 

Details Stumbles in Reporting on Homophobic Families

In its March 2010 issue, Details Magazine printed an article titled, “Would You Really Be Okay with a Gay Kid?” Parental homophobia is a serious concern for countless LGBT youth, some who are even shunned by their families and forced to live on the streets. Instead of underlining the grave impact homophobia can have on a child, staff writer David Hochman makes light of homophobic parents and reinforces the stereotype that all gay men are effeminate and all effeminate men are gay. Details also paired the article with a crude and sensationalized photo that depicted a small child with a rainbow popsicle in his mouth, clearly placed for shock value. Details later removed the picture following GLAAD’s outreach. But Details’ overall light-hearted reporting on this serious topic mocked the very real issue of parental homophobia.

READ THE ARTICLE:
Details – March 2010
“Would You Really Be Okay with a Gay Kid?”
http://www.details.com/sex-relationships/marriage-and-kids/200803/would-you-really-be-okay-with-a-gay-kid?currentPage=1

TAKE ACTION:
GLAAD urges you to contact Details and express your concern about its article, “Would You Really Be Okay with a Gay Kid.” Tell the magazine that unaccepting families are a serious concern for LGBT youth, some of whom are forced into homelessness. Making light of such a serious issue is both unacceptable and harmful to LGBT youth.

CONTACT:
Details Magazine
Reader Feedback: https://secure.details.com/contact/contact-details