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'The View' Won't Retract Statements About Gay Black Men

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Call on ABC’s “The View” to Retract Hosts’ Damaging Myths About African American Gay & Bisexual Men

Network Refuses to correct dangerous misinformation shared on its airwaves

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On the June 22 broadcast of ABC’s daytime talk show “The View,” host Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley perpetuated dangerous myths about African American gay and bisexual men.
While discussing the FDA’s ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood, Shepherd and Hughley communicated misinformation about the causes of increased HIV rates among African American women and used the phrase “down low” to describe men who have sex with men but publicly identify as heterosexual.

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Call on “The View” hosts to issue an on air apology and correct Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley’s misrepresentation of African American gay & bisexual men. This program reaches millions of viewers and ABC must ensure that its platforms are not used to perpetuate dangerous falsehoods that put our community in harm’s way.