Hatemongers in the newspaper

IMG_0705I woke up this morning to discover that The Tampa Tribune (footnote 1) had run an opinion piece about a so-called “war on public religious expression” by the Family Research Council (FRC). The column did not identify the FRC as a hate group (footnote 2).

Whenever something like this happens, I have to wonder if the editorial board is either ignorant or hateful. If they’re ignorant, they’re eager to run guest columns without checking the source. If they’re hateful, they know fully well they’re running content from a hate group, and simply don’t care. They’re either ignorant or hateful — there can be no other reason for running a column from a source like the FRC.

Either way, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Tribune, which likely will feature a guest column on racial issues written by the KKK.

1. Incidentally, my former employer.
2. From the FRC website: “Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects. While the origins of same-sex attractions may be complex, there is no convincing evidence that a homosexual identity is ever something genetic or inborn.”

Who’s on the cover?


I see straight people

Listen, I have nothing against straight people. Some of my best friends are straight. Even my parents are straight. But that doesn’t mean I want to see them everywhere — like on the cover of LGBT magazines.

The husband and I got Out last week and discovered James McAvoy on the cover. Good actor, but not gay. A few days later, we received Equality, the Human Rights Campaign’s quarterly magazine. Jennifer Hudson is on the cover. Talented actress and singer, but not lesbian.

Why do I care so much? Because I turn to LGBT magazines to get something I can’t find in mainstream publications — news about the LGBT community. When a publication puts a straight person on the cover, it’s essentially telling readers that out of all the LGBT people profiled in the pages of the magazine, none of them did anything more worthy than the straight person on the cover. It’s a little offensive.

I know that publishers need to put people on covers that will sell magazines, but we’ve got so many LGBT actors, writers, politicians, sports figures, and artists to choose from today. Surely one of them deserves a spot on the cover of Out or Equality.