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Why is a state historical society honoring a discredited book about Matthew Shepard?

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Matthew Shepard
The Wyoming State Historical Society honored a book that asserts college student Matthew Shepard wasn’t murdered because he was gay, but was instead killed in a drug-related incident – even though the book relies on wild extrapolation and questionable or anonymous sources and has been denounced as “fictional” by lawyers and investigators involved in the case.

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Huckabee defends group linked to anti-gay human rights violations

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mike Huckabee
Fox News host Mike Huckabee joined 79 other conservatives in signing a letter blasting “sexual radicals” for their efforts to scuttle a planned conference of the World Congress of Families (WCF), a group notorious for stoking homophobia and promoting harsh anti-gay laws internationally. On August 30, the Rockford, IL-based WCF plans to hold a “Life, Family, and Freedom Conference”...

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Columnist: Disney is ‘indoctrinating’ children with ‘pro-gay agenda’

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Douglas MacKinnon
A conservative columnist for the Tampa Tribune criticized the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly pushing a “pro-gay agenda,” asserting that the company is using its programming to “indoctrinate” children about “gay lifestyles and gay marriage.” In his August 12 column, Douglas MacKinnon – a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush – charged that Disney ...

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Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow: There’s no such thing as being transgender

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dr. Keith Ablow
Fox News “Medical A Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow continued his pattern of baseless smears against LGBT people with an ill-informed, transphobic rant against a new California law that allows transgender students to use facilities that match their gender identities.

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Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views.

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CNN has no excuse for continuing to call Chelsea Manning a man

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jake Tapper on CNN
Major news organizations have honored Chelsea Manning’s explicit request to be identified as a woman, but CNN continues to make excuses for misgendering Manning in its news coverage. CNN’s “policy” on identifying transgender people contradicts the guidelines set forth by GLAAD and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, which both state that transgender people should be referred to by their preferred name and gender identity, regardless of the presence of a legal name change or gender reassignment surgery...

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CNN guest jokes Chelsea Manning will get ‘good practice’ being a woman in prison

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Tuesday, August 27, 2013
CNN host Fredricka Whitfield continued to incorrectly refer to Chelsea Manning as a male as one of her guests suggested that providing Manning with hormone therapy while in prison would be “beyond insanity” and suggested Manning could get “good practice” presenting as a female in prison:

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Anti-gay activist: Tyler Clementi killed himself because he was raped by gay pedophiles

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tyler Clementi
WASHINGTON -- Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez believes that Tyler Clementi – the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate secretly recorded video of him kissing another man – actually killed himself because he was raped by gay pedophiles when he was a teenager.

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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.

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Fox’s O’Reilly fear mongers about Mass. school policy to protect transgender students

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Friday, March 1, 2013
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly condemned a new Massachusetts school policy protecting transgender students, suggesting that teachers should be allowed to out their transgender students to their families and fear mongering that “wise guys” might use the policy to infiltrate girls’ restrooms.

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