Tell GQ that being gay is not a "testosterone problem"
One might think a men's fashion magazine would have higher standards than to reduce itself to tired 1960's stereotypes to insult gay people but unfortunately GQ proves that isn't always the case.
Yesterday, the magazine released its annual Year in Style report in which editors named the best and worst offenses in fashion over the previous year. Only instead of writing solely about fashion faux pas or commendations, GQ editors used the list as an opportunity to perpetuate the dangerous and false assumption that being gay is a result of a hormone imbalance.
In regard to openly gay singer, Adam Lambert, the magazine later tweeted "Rules of Street Style: If you have testosterone problems, a mustache doesn't always help" and linked to Lamberts profile on the magazine website.
Tweet from @GQfashion:
Rules of Street Style: If you have testosterone problems, a mustache doesn't always help. gqm.ag/rXwxIU @adamlambert
Tweet from @glaad:
.@GQfashion Being gay is not a "testosterone problem" - Apologize to @adamlambert & the gay community. bit.ly/teCSv9 #LGBT
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 13, 2011
GLAAD also reached out to the magazine's editors directly to demand an apology.
Tweet to @GQfashion
@GQfashion Being gay is not a "testosterone problem" - Apologize to @adamlambert & the gay community.
Update: The GQ editors subsequently apologized to its readers via Twitter saying:
Re: our Lambert tweet, we were thoughtless and apologize. We shouldn't make stupid jokes about people's testosterone. As always, welearn.— GQ Fashion (@GQfashion) December 13, 2011
GQ has confirmed to GLAAD that they are taking internal steps to help ensure this does not happen in the future.