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GLAAD Apologizes (Sort Of) But REFUSES To Restore Outstanding Blog Award Until 2017

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Coming after intense criticism from all sides of the LGBT journalism community GLAAD today announced it will reinstate the Outstanding Blog category but not until the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards to be held in 2017.

GLAAD also released the following statement:

It’s become abundantly clear that we were wrong to remove the Outstanding Blog category, and we apologize. Although we cannot make changes to this year’s slate of categories and nominees, the Outstanding Blog category will be reinstated in 2017 with improved selection criteria that ensures grassroots LGBT voices are given the recognition they’re due. And like in years past, there will be no submission fee required in the category.

The contributions of LGBT bloggers and independent media have been critical to the advancement of this movement and, indeed, GLAAD’s mission. Eliminating the Outstanding Blog category was an affront to the tireless efforts of those whose work has been essential to putting a spotlight on the issues LGBT people face, and which too often goes overlooked. Removing the category was wrong, and we are committed to doing better.

What people don’t know is that sources from within GLAAD made a decision over 6 months ago that they were going to drop the category completely and stayed silent about the omission of the Outstanding Blog Award in hoped that others would not notice or care.

Two weeks ago after this blogger himself, Mark King of My Fabulous Disease and Alvin McEwan of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters found out about the omission we raised the alarm on a private listserve where after 2 days of discussion Seth Adams, Communications Director of GLAAD wrote in a rather brusque missivethat the award would be back in 2017 because GLAAD could “not figure out what a blog was” and then went silent  and  ignored all of our complaints

So now, 2 weeks later GLAAD posts on its website about its “mistake” because they started to get bad press over it. But still they are sticking to the 2017 inclusion and REFUSE even with all the damage that they have done and bridges they have burned within the grassroots independent LGBT media community to make any extra effort to re-instate the Outstanding Blog Award this year regardless of the fact that there is plenty of time.

GLAAD will hopefully re-think this.  Grassroots independent journalist have been the promoter of GLAAD and its causes for years.  Perhaps we should all wait a year before covering anything for them.

I sure hope MSNBC and The Washington Post posts their press releases and events till then.

Because we’re not.

 

GLAAD Conveniently Forgets DOMA and DADT, To Give Bill Clinton “Advocate for Change” Award

OH COME ON!

As if giving Anderson Cooper the Vito Russo Award and Brett “Rehearsals are for fags” Ratner the Ally of the Year Award wasn’t enough to make you think that someone is spiking GLAAD’s watercooler with LSD.  Today GLAAD announced today that they will honor Bill Clinton later this month at their Media Awards in Los Angeles.

Via press release:

Bill Clinton will receive GLAAD’s first Advocate for Change Award during the event. In 2011, Clinton advocated for marriage equality in New York, stating that “for more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.” In 2012, he joined the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in working against North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One to ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Most recently, he called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. President to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government. He appointed more than 150 including James Hormel as America’s first openly gay ambassador. During the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, his administration convened the first White House Conference on the epidemic, created the national AIDS Policy Coordinator post, and expanded funding for research.  In 2002, his Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world.

Who’s going to present him the award?  Ken Mehlman?

Really now have they forgotten that Bubba signed DOMA and DADT into law?

Look I know that was a long time ago and he’s changed and has now jumped on the bandwagon after he threw us under the bus (although he’s still NEVER apologized for it)  and I’m kinda okay with Bill now (mostly because of Hillary), but giving him an award?  REALLY?

This is just one more example GLAAD’s  zero accountability and its own lack of sensitivity.  And once again provesits incessant need to ass-kiss and star fuck with celebrities and former presidents whose images need a makeover all for themselves and the almighty dollar and NOT for the greater good of the LGBT community.