November 24, 2010 • 2:15 pm
“We need a cultural reckoning.”
This is Dan Savage’s response to a CNN reporter’s question of how mainstream society can increase acceptance for gays and lesbians. Savage goes on to make his point even more unequivocally: Stop providing hate groups like the Family Research Council to spew hate under the guise of impartial journalism. Said Savage:
“There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights. Right now one side is really using dehumanizing rhetoric. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups as hate groups and yet the leaders of these groups, people like Tony Perkins, are welcomed onto networks like CNN to espouse hate directed at gays and lesbians. And similarly hateful people who are targeting Jews or people of color or anyone else would not be welcome to spew their bile on CNN.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently added 13 virulently anti-gay organizations to its list of “hate groups”–a designation based on each group’s propagation of lies against the minorities it wishes to demonize.
Savage lambasts CNN for its seemingly innocuous journalism. Why shouldn’t the cable network question the anti-gay–now officially categorized as hate-mongering–“experts” that it regularly provides a megaphone for?
Filed under: hate, media, anti-gay, bully, cnn, dan savage, family research council, hate, hate group, homophobia, media, southern poverty law center
October 30, 2010 • 4:31 pm
Ron Howard says he won’t cut a derisive joke from his new film, The Dilemma, just because protesters want him to. Last month more than 2,700 people signed a petition seeking to cut the gay joke from the film’s trailer.
Lead actor Vince Vaughn has also defended the joke:
Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together.
“Electric cars are gay,” says Vaughn’s character in the film.
I wonder if the gay kid and the school bully watching the film in Idaho realize that the joke’s meant to break any tension and bring them happily together.
How do we measure the impact of a careless quip like “That’s gay”? Dan Savage and Margaret Cho put in their two cents on gay jokes in The Daily Beast.
Filed under: censorship, film, gay rights, anti-gay, bully, dan savage, gay, glaad, joke, margaret cho, rhetoric, ron howard, the dilemma, vince vaughn
September 21, 2010 • 10:43 pm
I knew there was a reason I loved Dan Savage.
Besides being one of the most reasonable and fiercest advocates for gay and lesbian rights, Savage has charisma that stretches for miles. In this new video about being bullied in high school–and the acknowledgment, many years later, of a bright present–he and his partner talk frankly about how difficult life was.
And how satisfying family life (they have a teenager named TJ) is today.
More about the “It Gets Better” Project–aimed at an audience of young gay kids who may be considering suicide–is at the newly launched YouTube channel. Good, heartfelt, stuff.
Filed under: family, gay life, anti-bully, bully, dan savage, savage love, the kid