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GLAAD to Fox News: If you want to attend our events, stop attacking LGBT people

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters
Friday, March 22, 2013

Representatives from Fox News attended this year’s annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, prompting the organization to condemn the network’s history of anti-LGBT coverage.

Jamie Colby and Kimberly Guilfoyle

GLAAD hosted its annual media awards – meant to honor the media for outstanding representations of the LGBT community – in New York City on March 16.

According to pictures from the event, at least two Fox News personalities were in attendance – The Five’s Kimberly Guilfoyle and America’s News HQ’s Jamie Colby.

In response, GLAAD Vice President of Communications Rich Ferraro issued the following statement to Equality Matters:

If Kimberly and Jamie expect to attend future GLAAD events, they will first need to sit down with us to discuss Fox News’ embarrassing, biased and misinformed coverage of LGBT issues. The invitation is open. Fox News’s track record on LGBT issues is abysmal, and it makes no sense to me why any LGBT people or allies would want to be a part of that.

Ferraro has a point. Fox News has a long, shameful history of defaming LGBT people while misinforming viewers about the fight for LGBT equality. Here’s just a short list of the network’s most recent anti-LGBT smears:

  • Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused a gay Colorado lawmaker of protecting child molesters;
  • O’Reilly called a Massachusetts school policy protecting transgender children “truly madness;”
  • Fox repeatedly adopted the “pedophilia” narrative while covering the Boy Scouts’ gay ban;
  • Fox Nation used an image of from the film “Mrs. Doubtfire” to mock transgender healthcare;
  • O’Reilly and Fox News host Megyn Kelly joked that a transgender prison inmate was too unattractive to risk being sexually assaulted;
  • Fox fearmongered that gender-neutral marriage licenses in Washington would “change society… forever”

And on March 20, a Fox News columnist smeared a transgender MMA fighter, repeatedly calling her a man and accusing her of “beating up women.”

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Ban ‘em. They aren’t worth the trouble. FoKKKs News should not be welcomed anywhere.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:09pm
  2. They just went to get dressed up and have a drink at the open bar.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:15pm
  3. Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:17pm
  4. The more united we are the more force we will have against all haters of LGBTQ people. La union hace la fuerza arriva mi gente!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:19pm
  5. Pft. Like Fox News will ever stop attacking anyone. About the same time that Ted Nugent votes Democrat…

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:19pm
  6. That’s like asking a lion to quit eating meat

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:21pm
  7. I’m for banning them until they get their stuff together to speak kindly of lgbt and not as a bunch of homophobes

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:27pm
  8. The last few links are all repeats.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:37pm
  9. listen

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:53pm
  10. fox news should not be allowed to attend. they should be banned officially and publicly from the event .

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:02pm
  11. Ban them!! they are nothing but bigots!!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  12. “Boo, Shame on You” “BIGOTS”

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:32pm
  13. Fox News certainly has an abysmal track record of reporting biased and inflammatory stories of meaningful LGBT issues. However, it’s important to separate the person from the company and for the LGBT community to continue to create a safe place for those who might truly be seeking to become more informed, enlightened, or evolve socially without the fear of being ridiculed publicly.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:21pm
  14. Ban ‘em

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:55pm
  15. well maybe the those who work for FOX NEWS, who DON’T agree with the networks views or some of those who HAVE spoken baddly about the LGBT community…should STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT….show the are NOTHING like those shown as an example, that was in the story.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:57pm
  16. Repent and turn from your wicked ways.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  17. They Totally Suck Big Time !!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:01pm
  18. To M Roberts: Take your right-wing Baptist proselytization out of here!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:54pm
  19. Why did GLAAD ever consider Letting these Fox Reps into their program?? That was the last group that should have been allowed to be involved with a GLAAD activity.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:36am
  20. And of all people to be there Kimberly Guilfoyle, from that rude snotty show “The Five”?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:45pm