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.
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GLAAD began work with the L.A. Lakers last week, after star player Kobe Bryant shouted an anti-gay slur at a referee during Tuesday night’s game. GLAAD will also be meeting with the NBA to discuss ways we can work together to make the games safe for all fans and players.
As part of our ongoing partnership with the ACLU of Florida, GLAAD was on the ground in Pensacola last week to help gay and lesbian parents share their stories in local media. Just last year, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision declaring that Florida's law prohibiting gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional.
GLAAD also worked to assist Flagler County, FL high school student, Luke Herbert, who was harassed by teachers and fellow schoolmates because of his sexual orientation, to share his story in local and national media.
After a supporter alerted GLAAD to an anti-trans article on the urban website RollingOut.com, we contacted the site to express our concern. The article had derogatory language, inaccurate information and fueled stigma against transgender people. The site’s editor-in-chief agreed with us that the material was offensive and the article was removed immediately.
Similarly, we learned last week that there was a shock jock radio host who had created a song called “Half a Girl Rock” (a parody of Keri Hilson’s hit song “Pretty Girl Rock”) and aired it on his show. The song featured offensive lyrics, like, “My name is Sherry, but I used to be Larry;” used the slur, “shim” repeatedly; and used a voice that was clearly mocking transgender people. After GLAAD spoke out against the song, the station issued an on-air apology and immediately removed the song from its website.
GLAAD also recently helped to amplify the voice of Damian Furtch, the 26-year-old victim of an anti-gay attack that took place in New York City. GLAAD’s Media Field Strategy team trained Damian how to be a more effective spokesperson and pitched his story to the local New York media. The story was picked up by AM New York, the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post and the New York Post. Damian also did in-studio interviews with NBC, ABC and New York One.
GLAAD’s Media Field Strategy team also reached out to WCAU-10, the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, to help them more fairly present the facts about the murder of 70-year-old Murray Seidman. The suspect claimed to be motivated by passages in the Hebrew Scriptures calling for the stoning of gay people – passages which do not exist. GLAAD helped WCAU to fix an initial headline with problematic terminology, and helped them find a religious authority to challenge Thomas’ faulty reasoning – an important viewpoint that was missing from their initial coverage. Reverend Candace Chellew-Hodge (founder/editor of Whosoever.org: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians and the pastor of Jubilee! Circle United Church of Christ (UCC) in Columbia, SC) wrote a commentary that now appears on the WCAU website.