The headline for this story was initially written problematically. (For more information as to how responsible journalists should report on issues that involve LGBT people or LGBT-perceived people, please see GLAAD's Media Reference Guide.) Problematic terminology was addressed swiftly by WCAU reporter Teresa Masterson in response to GLAAD outreach.
Also concerning was that initial reports did not challenge Thomas for using the Bible to justify Seidman's murder. The reports simply stated that Thomas used the Bible for reasoning; they did not include the voice of a theologically-trained religious leader or in any way challenge Thomas' interpretation of what the Bible actually has to say about gay people.
Absent from initial reports, the WCAU Web site now includes this important biblical perspective. The commentary stands alone on the station's Web site, linking to the initial reports and vice versa.
After consultations with GLAAD, WCAU management invited GLAAD to submit a commentary that articulated the points we raised in our conversations with the station. GLAAD then turned to Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge. (Rev. Chellew-Hodge is the founder/editor of Whosoever.org: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians, the pastor of Jubilee! Circle United Church of Christ (UCC) in Columbia, S.C., and the author of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians (Jossey-Bass, 2008). In addition, Rev. Chellew-Hodge is a regular contributor to the daily online magazine Religion Dispatches.) Rev. Chellew-Hodge's commentary ("Bible is No Defense for Violence") now appears on the WCAU Web site. It thoughtfully articulates a much-needed biblical perspective that was absent from WCAU's coverage prior to GLAAD outreach. WCAU also posted the commentary to the station's Facebook page:
GLAAD appreciates that WCAU was so open to our feedback and that the station moved quickly to improve their coverage. We anticipate a much closer working relationship with the station going forward, and we are hopeful that other media outlets will heed this as an example of how GLAAD can help journalists to do their job more inclusively.