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GLAAD adds NOM, Pat Robertson to Commentator Accountability Project

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National Organization for Marriage becomes first organization to be profiled in CAP following explosive revelations about racially divisive tactics

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

March 30, 2012

New York, NY, March 30, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced the addition of the National Organization for Marriage and televangelist Pat Robertson to its Commentator Accountability Project (CAP).  The project aims to educate the media about the extreme rhetoric of many of those who are often interviewed or quoted in opposition to LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives.

NOM’s profile can be viewed here: http://www.glaad.org/cap/nom

Pat Robertson’s profile can be viewed here: http://www.glaad.org/cap/pat-robertson

To view online resources detailing anti-LGBT rhetoric that these activists have used, visit: http:// glaad.org/cap and follow #glaadcap on Twitter.

NOM was already the group with the highest number of representatives in GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project (#glaadCAP). Five associated figures (Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, Christopher Plante, Jennifer Roback Morse, Robert George) are among the anti-LGBT activists profiled.

Pat Robertson this week said on his ‘700 Club’ television show that being gay is a "compulsion" that is "somehow related to demonic possession." Robertson has in the past said that gay people are seeking to "destroy marriage and some of the other things we have in our society" and said that the Walt Disney Company was inviting "some serious hurricanes" to Orlando by hosting a pro-LGBT event.

“Both NOM and Pat Robertson this week further exposed the depths to which they are willing to go to turn Americans against their LGBT friends, family, co-workers and neighbors,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “If the media is going to include the voices of NOM or Robertson in any story about LGBT people, it has the responsibility to inform its audience about who these people truly are, and the insidious tactics they employ to derail equality for every American.”

This week the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released internal documents earlier this week from the National Organization for Marriage. The NOM documents revealed that the anti-gay organization was planning to attack equality by attempting to create racial divides. View NOM’s documents.NOM’s documents detail the anti-gay organization’s active interest in "fanning the hostility" (p.12) between the LGBT community and the Black and Latino communities. After the documents were released, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond called NOM's tactics "reprehensible.”

View the Commentator Accountability Project here: http://glaad.org/cap

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #glaadcap