Earlier today, GLAAD issued a Call to Action in response to comments made by Colorado radio host Trevor Carey.
Here's some of what it said:
In a disturbing diatribe on KNUS radio on March 14, host Trevor Carey engaged in a conversation with a caller in which both men condoned violence against transgender people, blaming slain Greeley, Colo. resident Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, for her own brutal murder.
(Transcript from Colorado Media Matters):
CAREY: And what the transgender segment of our society needs to be telling their type is, you don't commit fraud because --
CALLER: No, that's exactly what it was.
CAREY: A), you're at least gonna get your teeth kicked in, and B) -- [caller laughs] -- here's a story from Greeley that turned out very tragic, and you should pay attention to this, because -
CALLER: You know, when I was growin' up in Greeley, I grew up in Greeley, that kind of stuff didn't ever, you know, surface in this town. And it's just sad, you know; my heart just weeps for all, everybody that's concerned. But, you know, we gotta go back to basics. You're a man or you're a woman, and, like you said, if you're fraudin' somebody, then you deserve to have your teeth kicked in. Not necessarily hung or you're killed, but it just -- they shoulda known better, you know?
Carey sustained his gratuitously defamatory tone throughout the entire show, and his remarks during the segment - including a false representation of a conversation with a GLAAD representative - make it clear that his references to Angie and her tragic murder will continue to be disrespectful, abusive and inaccurate. The transcript and audio for the program can be found on the Colorado Media Matters website.
It was reported in The Greeley Tribune on March 13 that Carey had issues with following The Associated Press' style guidelines on transgender people in talking about Angie Zapata's story. GLAAD often works behind the scenes with media profession to educate them on terminology and best practices for fair,
Radio host Trevor Carey
accurate and inclusive reporting on LGBT people and issues (details can be found in the GLAAD Media Reference Guide). After reading about Carey's comments in The Greeley Tribune, GLAAD reached out to him last Friday. Carey not only has a weekend show with KNUS, but also a morning show on KFKA in Greeley - where Angie was murdered.
Carey was unwilling to discuss the issues at hand over the course of a half hour conversation, and instead continued to bring up unrelated - and often offensive - topics about transgender people. The following night, he went on the air and made his defamatory claims, and while doing so, falsely characterized his conversation with GLAAD.
At the end of the day, there is no excuse for promoting violence against transgender people. As a news host, and as a media personality, Carey has a responsibility and obligation to treat Angie Zapata's story with dignity and respect. He did not, and he needs to disavow his remarks.
Here's how you can make your voice heard:
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Please contact Trevor Carey and ask him to disavow his remarks that condone violence against transgender people. Call on KFKA and KNUS to hold Carey accountable for his remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platforms will not be used to condone or promote violence towards any parts of the communities they serve.
Please forward this link to any of your friends and others who may also wish to take action. When contacting KFKA and KNUS, please ensure that your emails and phone calls are civil and respectful and do not engage in the kind of name calling or abusive behavior that we are expressing our concerns about.
Host, KNUS, "Trevor Carey" and KFKA, "AM Colorado with Trevor, Troy and George"
Phone: (720) 434-2714
General Manager, KFKA
Phone: (970) 356-1310
Operations Director, Salem Communications (KNUS)
Phone: (303) 750-5687