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GLAAD Bashes Hugh Hefner After His Death: He Should Not Be Celebrated

GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) which was originally founded by gay activist and hero Vito Russo to monitor LGBT representation in media is jumping the shark once again. This time by attacking sexual freedom liberator  and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner after his death.

Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91 of natural causes, has been praised in some circles for his early and steadfast support of LGBTQ causes. In 1955, he published a story by Charles Beaumont that envisioned a world where gay people were the majority; after facing pushback, Hefner said: “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society, then the reverse was wrong, too.

Hefner also wrote a Playboy editorial in 2012 advocating for same-sex marriage. “No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed,” he wrote in his conclusion. “This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”

But ” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD,  pushed back at the praise of hefner in a statement saying:

It’s alarming how media is attempting to paint Hugh Hefner as a pioneer or social justice activist, because nothing could be further from reality. Hefner was a not a visionary. He was a misogynist who built an empire on sexualizing women and mainstreaming stereotypes that caused irreparable damage to women’s rights and our entire culture.”

Ellis who had no real LGBT activism work under her belt before becoming the president of GLAAD holds degrees in Sociology and minor in Women’s Studies from Russell Sage College  and is mostly known  most widely known for launching and turning around media brands within magazines such as New YorkInStyleReal Simple, and Vogue.

Ellis’ current salary at GLAAD is . $260,961.00 a year.

 

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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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5 thoughts on “GLAAD Bashes Hugh Hefner After His Death: He Should Not Be Celebrated”

  1. I believe Ms. Ellis is the Misogynist in this case. It is unfortunate that Lesbians like her espouse a radical feminism. In their militancy,her faction cannot see the bigger picture. cannot see how Mr. Hefner and his publication evolved. In its 40 year evolution so did the editorial policy evolve. Ms Ellis would respond to that: ” You do not understand you are not a Lesbian. My response: No I am a GAY man and part of the LGBT “Community”.

  2. I’d like to know what evidence she has for calling Hugh Heffner a misogynist. Where’s her proof? She can state that he was a misogynist without providing evidence, so I can call her words bullshit without the same evidence.
    Hugh Heffner built an empire on sexualising women who were THROWING themselves at him to be sexualised. He was colour blind, furthered the case for lesbians, supported gay men, and even dared to piss off the establishment by doing a spread of a trans woman back in the 80s. He gave hundreds of women the means to lead successful, fruitful lives.
    I want to know, Sarah Kate Ellis, whom did Hugh Heffner hurt?
    I’m disgusted that GLAAD is led by such a cowardly social justice bitch who knows her buzzwords and uses her female privilege to attack men thinking that she can get away with it. I’m calling her out. She’s bloody useless, and GLAAD needs to replace her.

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