The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Wednesday launched an online initiative designed to highlight the anti-LGBT rhetoric of three dozen pundits and other figures who routinely appear in the media.
The GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project specifically highlights Family Research Council President Tony Perkins; Maggie Gallagher, former president of the National Organization for Marriage Board of Directors; Catholic League President Bill Donohue and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., of the Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., among others. The initiative also encourages individuals to report incidents of anti-LGBT rhetoric on local or national news programs to GLAAD.
“These activists have the right to recite their anti-LGBT talking points, but it is important to expose the questionable and often hostile rhetoric that passes as punditry when so-called ‘experts’ speak out against the lives of LGBT people on the air or in print,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “If networks are going to continue to invite those with incendiary anti-LGBT views on their programs, show runners should know the full picture of who these individuals really are so that critical context can be relayed to the audience.”