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Be sure to check out GLAAD Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.

On Monday, GLAAD and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a joint complaint with the FCC against the Spanish-language talk show, “José Luis Sin Censura.” To date, over 2000 supporters have contacted the FCC to demand it take action against Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI), which produces and distributes the program.

In over twenty episodes that aired between June 18 and December 7, 2010, the program contained anti-LGBT images and language, including epithets such as ““maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and  audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and even physical attacks against people perceived to be LGBT. GLAAD has also called on the FCC to implement new measures by which to monitor Spanish-language programming.

Watch a clip from the program below– WARNING: Lewd content, NSFW

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GLAAD's public relations and Spanish-language media teams worked together to ensure the filing was covered widely. The Associated Press and Spanish syndicate EFE reported the story which resulted in coverage by media outlets in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, which communicates an important message to media and advocates in those countries about fighting anti-LGBT defamation. Dozens of high-profile U.S. media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Vívelo Hoy, The Advocate and Broadcasting & Cable also covered GLAAD and NHMC’s announcement.

GLAAD’s Spanish-Language Media team also helped raise awareness around the rash of hate-motivated murders of gay and transgender people in Honduras, which has received little attention in Spanish-Language media outlets in the U.S. After reaching out to Univision producers, the popular nightly news magazine Primer Impacto did a segment about the tragedies. GLAAD also successfully pitched a story on bullying to Latina Magazine and provided several sources to the editor and writer. The story, in Latina's February issue, included local activist and UCLA student Frankie Palacios, who spoke of her experiences being bullied for her orientation.

Meanwhile, GLAAD’s Media Field Strategy team provided training to 17-year-old Bianca “Nikki” Peet whose Corpus Christi, TX high school banned all on-campus extracurricular clubs after she asked to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). GLAAD also successfully placed Equality Texas Executive Director Dennis Smith on MSNBC to talk about the dangers of denying young people the support they need and deserve.

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GLAAD in the News:
The Los Angeles Times - 'Jose Luis Sin Censura' comes under fire; GLAAD, NHMC want FCC to shut down show for indecency violations
Hollywood Reporter - GLAAD to Honor NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt
Hollywood Reporter - GLAAD, National Hispanic Media Coalition Urge FCC Shutdown of 'Jose Luis Sin Censura'
MTV – Russell Simmons to Receive GLAAD Award
Variety - GLAAD to honor Greenblatt, Simmons
The Wrap - Russell Simmons, Robert Greenblatt to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards
Broadcasting & Cable - GLAAD, NHMC Launching Indecency Complaint Campaign Against Liberman
The Advocate - FCC Complaint Filed Against Spanish TV
After Elton - GLAAD Filing FCC Complaint Against "José Luis Sin Censura"
Windy City Times - FCC complaint filed against Spanish-language show with anti-gay content