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Posts Tagged ‘GLAAD’

GLAAD Takes Issue with Duck Dynasty Star’s GQ Remarks

PhilRobertsonThe PR blitz for A&E’s reality TV juggernaut continues. While things went swimmingly for this week’s Hollywood Reporter cover story, such is not the case with a GQ feature.

Per Ad Age‘s Jeanine Poggi, GLAAD is already on the case, asking A&E if it stands by Phil Robertson‘s comments in the January GQ article. Robertson damns homosexuals and other groups with a quote from Corinthians. He later makes some reprehensible remarks that bring to mind Toronto mayor Rob Ford‘s “plenty at home” statement:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

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GLAAD Pitches CBS on Transgender Issues

PinkNewsLogoScott Roberts, editor of the LGBT-focused UK website Pink News, was recently in New York. During his visit, he sat down with GLAAD’s head of public communications Rich Ferraro and director of news and faith initiatives Ross Murray for a very enlightening conversation.

Many topics were covered. Including GLAAD’s efforts in Hollywood to make the TV networks and studios more receptive to the inclusion of transgender characters and storylines:

“We recently met with the president of CBS Entertainment to talk about the transgender community, which is nearly invisible on CBS, and on many of the other networks,” said Ferraro. “When trans people are included they often the victims of crimes or the butt of jokes and anti-transgender slurs.”

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GLAAD Opposes Fox News Staffers Attending Its Events

Fox News employees have been served notice: Stay away from GLAAD events. According to Media MattersKimberly Guilfoyle and Jamie Colby — two Fox News hosts — went to GLAAD’s latest media award ceremony. The duo’s attendance did not sit well with GLAAD.

The organization’s vice president of communications, Rich Ferraro, issued the following statement:

If Kimberly and Jamie expect to attend future GLAAD events, they will first need to sit down with us to discuss Fox News’ embarrassing, biased and misinformed coverage of LGBT issues. The invitation is open. Fox News’s track record on LGBT issues is abysmal, and it makes no sense to me why any LGBT people or allies would want to be a part of that.

Damn.

Only question we have: If this talk does happen, can we be there too?

Herndon Graddick Elected New GLAAD President

Following a nationwide search, former television producer Herndon Graddick was named the new president of GLAAD Saturday by the national board of directors.

Graddick was hired in 2010 as GLAAD’s vice president of programs and communications, leading the organization’s media initiatives — including the “Stand Up For Ellen” campaign after the online activist group One Million Moms attempted to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as J.C. Penney spokesperson because of her sexual orientation.

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The Most LGBT Friendly Networks for 2010/11

Yesterday GLAAD released its Network Responsibility Index, which evaluates the quality, quantity and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people featured on television. It’s the fifth year of the study, which takes into account the five broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC) and 10 cable networks (A&E, ABC Family, AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime, Syfy, TBS, TNT and USA).  Here’s a look at the winners and the losers from this years study.

Broadcast networks:

  1. The CW (33 percent of primetime programming including positive LGBT images)
  2. Fox (29)
  3. ABC (23)
  4. NBC (15)
  5. CBS (10)

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