More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
ABCNews.com Perpetuates Claims of Problematic 'Expert'
This morning ABCNews.com published an article based on the outcry against Life & Style magazine for targeting the gender expression and identity of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s child, Shiloh. (Please see this recent update blog as well.) To its credit ABC quoted fair-minded childhood psychologists and representatives of GLAAD. But unfortunately the the piece also amplified several dangerous messages from a so-called ‘expert’ from the anti-LGBT organization, Focus on the Family.
ABC's original article also carried a headline that nearly mirrored the defamatory one appearing on the cover of Life & Style’s March 1st edition: “Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Turning Shiloh into a Boy?" After discussion with GLAAD’s Director of National News, ABC agreed to change the headline to the current “Mag: Brangelina Dressing Shiloh Boyish.”
But the story still devotes a vast amount of space to the views of Glenn Stanton, who represents the virulently anti-LGBT organization, Focus on the Family. Stanton does not have the expertise or qualifications to speak credibly about raising children and it was irresponsible of ABCNews.com to perpetuate his unsubstantiated views. As GLAAD's Senior Director of Programs Rashad Robinson recently noted in his critique of Life & Style “We believe media has a responsibility to differentiate between credible authorities and politically motivated (and usually self-proclaimed) experts like Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton.”
Please join in our Call to Action against Life & Style for their original publication, and call on ABCNews.com to correct its missteps as well.