Media Field Strategist
On Sunday, Feb. 15, a group calling itself "America Forever" took out full-page advertisements in two Utah papers, The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. The ad, titled "Stand Up & Stop the Homosexual Movement" makes a series of grossly anti-gay and defamatory assertions, comparing gay people to "hookers and druggies" and referring to gay relationships as "anti-species behavior."
The ad goes on to say, "For example: by holding hands and kissing in the public area of: an apartment complex playground, in a family neighborhood, at a party, or to present one's self as a homosexual person in the workplace, is stating and displaying that he or she practices sodomy, and if backed by law, will force the acceptance of homosexuality as a relationship equal to a man and woman relationship."
To see a copy of the ad, images are included in a online Q Salt Lake article from Feb. 15.
The misleading, outrageous claims made in the ad only promote misunderstanding and fear, and are designed to create a hostile climate for gay and lesbian people and make them feel less safe and secure in their communities. The readers of The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News have heard from these anti-gay activists and now they need to hear from you. Please contact them by writing a letter to the editor today and share your personal story to help illustrate why the defamatory claims made in the ad put members of our community in harms' way.
To contact The Salt Lake Tribune, send your letter in the body of the email, not as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Deseret News, send your letter to: email@example.com
For tips on writing letters to the editor, see GLAAD's Media Essentials Training Manual:
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.