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An Open Letter To GLAAD: Since I Am Doing Your Work ……

Dear GLAAD:

I’m writing this to you because its been an interesting week for both of us.  Well for me at least anyway.  You see I’ve been diligently trying to fight MSNBC and the news media outlets use of hate group spokespeople and leaders like Tony Perkins and his co-horts as  pundits on air and giving them a sense of legitimacy.  I’ve also questioned Oprah and Doctor Oz of having not one but two anti-LGBT  Megachurch Pastors,  Rick Warren and Joel Osteen on his Dr. Oz’s show in the same week.  And I’ve covered and gone after a FOX 25 News “investigative reporter” in Massachusetts who went on a gay witch-hunt over a high school teachers gay porn past.  And I see, well you’ve, well you’ve reached out to Neil Patrick Harris after he apologized for saying the word “tranny” and you’ve done a “What to Watch on Television This Week” column.

Hmmmm well far be it from me to question an organization which rakes in over 10 million dollars a year in donations but ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

I mean seriously, this has been a long time coming, and I doubt after this I will ever win a GLAAD Media Award for Best Blog of the Year, but you know what.  I wouldn’t want it because it would drag DOWN the integrity of my blog.

The question remains though why am I, and other bloggers out there doing the hard work for free while you have Media Awards and write handbooks on the proper words to use in a conversation with a transgender individual, and review movies?

Perhaps MSNBC and othemain stream news media outlets who using Family Resource Council President Tony Perkins the man who has called  pedophilia “a homosexual problem,” argued that LGBT youth commit suicide because they know they’re “abnormal,” compared gays and lesbians to terrorists, and has criticized the “It Gets Better” project for supposedly trying to “recruit” children into a “lifestyle” of “perversion,” as a legitimate news pundit isn’t a BIG issue for GLAAD.

But you know what.  IT SHOULD BE. 

Just as Rick Warren and Joel Osteen appearing on daytime television and news reporters who purposely ruin gay teachers careers are using homophobia and yellow jounalism should be also.

The fact that GLAAD’s  news stories of the week was Neil Patrick Harris’s “tranny” slip and British soul singer and songwriter Marsha Ambrosius wining Soul Train’s “The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award”for her Record of the Year for her hit “Far Away.” Speaks VOLUMES of the 10 Million Dollar a year joke that GLAAD has become.

Well I’ve had enough.  And its time that someone had the courage to look you in the eye and tell you to get to work and do your job. Many give you a pass because you are a LGBT Organization but you know what.  I’m not.  And I hope that many others out there will stop also.  Enough is enough.  It’s about time GLAAD started fighting the hard issues instead of leaving it to everyone else while it reaps the rewards of being our “LGBT media watchdog” while doing none of the real work, because frankly its bullshit.  And if I am going to do your work, then you better start forking over your donations which I can guarantee you will go to better use than what you put them you.

Let’s see 10 million dollars a year, divided by 52 weeks equals $192,307.69 a week.  You can send me a check in that amount for doing your job last week and get off your asses and start doing it yourself.

I’ll help you if you need it.  But YOU not I should be waging these campaigns.

It’s YOUR job.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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2 thoughts on “An Open Letter To GLAAD: Since I Am Doing Your Work ……”

  1. love it just love.. but you know that no one at glaad will reply to that letter.. they are a bunch of effing cowards.. that why they pick the easy fights, not the hard ones..

    no doubt you won’t see any $$$ either..

    however, great letter..

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I quit renewing my GLAAD membership after the Tracy Morgan incident and I realized that they were far more interested in rehabilitating the careers of homophobes than they were in defending gay people from defamation. Vito Russo would not be pleased by what has happened to GLAAD.

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