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Ann Coulter thinks family rejection of LGBT youth is a joke

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter decided last night to make a joke about family rejection of LGBT youth.

If you disagree with Coulter and want to stand with the millions who support and embrace LGBT young people then join us for Spirit Day by RSVPing on Facebook to wear purple on October 19 and going purple today on Facebook and Twitter.

Ann Coulter

I recognize that this is a joke, and that she is not really taken seriously in any context anyway, but with this coming right after National Coming Out Day, at the start of Ally Week and just days before Spirit Day, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about this idea of hers.

There was a time in our culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of “therapy” to rid themselves of their orientation. To learn how to not be true to themselves.

And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about.

Approximately 50% of LGBT youth experience some degree of family rejection. There are as many as 100 thousand homeless LGBT youth on our nation’s streets, and it’s estimated that LGBT youth make up as much as 40% of our nation’s homeless youth population. LGBT youth who are completely rejected by their parents are more than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide.

Pretty funny, right?

Again, I know it’s a joke, but ANYTHING that adds to the idea that family rejection of LGBT young people is expected, or even “normal” enough to be casually joked about, causes harm.  The kind of harm that Spirit Day was specifically created to protect against.

So this week we’ll let the rest of America stand up for those young people. With Spirit Day on Friday, I thought it would be a nice thought to list some of the corporations and individuals who will be standing up against Ann Coulter’s idea, and showing their support for LGBT youth this week by going purple:

Facebook, the NBA, Major League Soccer, Times Square, the New York Stock Exchange, the hosts of ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘The Talk,’ ‘E! News,’ ‘Chelsea Lately,’ Dianna Agron, Sir Ian McKellen, Fun., Bernadette Peters, the cast of Days of Our Lives, Joel McHale, Cesar Milan, the Duke Energy Tower, Toyota Financial Services, AMC Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Nielsen, Omnicom Group, American Apparel, AT&T, PepsiCo, American Airlines, Thomson Reuters, Warner Bros. Check out some of the additional partners here.

Not to mention the millions of everyday people across North America who will be participating, and standing up in support of every LGBT young person, including – and especially – those who came out last week.

Like I said, I’ve never taken Ann Coulter seriously, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But the idea of family rejection is one that does deserve serious attention as a society. Go purple on Friday, not just to show LGBT young people that you support them, but to show Ann Coulter what you stand for.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. she’s great at taking something real and completely ignoring it!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:04pm
  2. Be Gone, She has no Power here, only in OZ and her Sister is Dead!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:04pm
  3. Uh huh…and people with common sense, logic and reason think that Ann Coulter is a joke. :/

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:05pm
  4. Id love to have her in the ER at 3am when kids try and kill themselves due to family rejection…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:06pm
  5. i think ann coulter is a joke

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:07pm
  6. I wish she would get hit by a fertilizer truck.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:07pm
  7. She should be ashamed.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:08pm
  8. ……and exactly, why do we care what she thinks?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:09pm
  9. Coulter is the bacteria on the venereal wart hairs of Americas ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:11pm
  10. Ann who? is she ment to be someone famous or something?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:11pm
  11. The biggest joke is that she is still considered relevant.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:14pm
  12. I won’t even utter her name. She means nothing to me.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:17pm
  13. Coultergeist does this shit looking for publicity and attention, and you have given her just that. Congrats.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:23pm
  14. LMAO Gretchen sorry, that’s just one of the funniest statements I have ever heard. :-) it’s like that scene in Beethoven 2nd, where the little girl hopes that Beethoven slimes over the lady/Patricia Heaton’s character, her dress :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:24pm
  15. that is just funny Even on Whoopi Goldberg’s hit sitcom “Whoopi” Whoopi calls Ann Coulter a skinny bitch

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:27pm
  16. Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:28pm
  17. this makes me very sad :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:05pm
  18. Seriously??not laughing matter. My family rejected me when I came out. I feel for anyone who’s been there.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:41pm
  19. She is too fucking creepy. She’s llike Cruellla Deville.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:45pm
  20. Who really cares what that “hater” thinks of anything? New book of her’s is about how racism is not real…it’s all to sell books and be some quazi talking head. SHE, to me, is the joke.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:57pm
  21. Comedy comes from truth. Ann Coulter brings attention to the issue with her gift of comedy. You may not like her style of comedy, but she makes a living with it. So, there must be talent and admiration somewhere.
    It’s a sensitive and sad subject but she talks about it and points it out. That’s what we need!
    She may not have had the intention of sparking controversy but I’m glad she did. LGBTQ youth that are rejected by family has gone on long enough.
    I for one say Thank You Ann Coulter for making this issue come out to the forefront, no matter what your intention was!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:31am
  22. ask my drill sargeant dad about family rejection of gay and lesbian children

    Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 4:09am
  23. The world thins Ann Coulter is a joke.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7:07am
  24. Agreed.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:30am