Last month GLAAD provided media assistance to Rev. David Weekley when he came out publicly as a transgender man in a sermon to his United Methodist congregation in Portland, Oregon on August 30. Media coverage of Rev. Weekley’s courageous coming out story caught the attention of producers at CBS News "The Early Show" and GLAAD worked with Rev. Weekley and his wife, Deborah to prepare for the interview.
We applaud CBS for their coverage, while also acknowledging that parts of the interview misrepented Rev. Weekley's story and contained improper terminology. The interviewer grabbed audience attention by emphasizing Weekley's identity as a long-held “secret,” but Rev. Weekley responded that he did not see it as a secret but a personal matter. He explained that he is telling his story as part of his ministry to support better understanding of the transgender community. GLAAD worked with CBS producers to remove the word “admits” from their web-site headline and will continue to work with them to improve the accuracy of their future reporting on transgender issues.