SAAD All Over

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I'm still trying to wrap my head around the hard fact that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is steadfastly refusing to even consider giving its Media Awards to programming from gay media outlets. Even more distressing than GLAAD's policy of exclusion are the public comments the organization has used to defend itself in the wake of a scathing open letter from Stephen Macias, vice president of Here Networks, which announced that the company would be boycotting GLAAD's award ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. First, GLAAD president Neff Giuliano said, "We don't try to toll Logo or Here what kind of content they need to have, because they already are fair ... and inclusive." Does he really mean to say that gay people never unfairly represent other gay people? Has only Tony Kushner heard of Roy Cohn? If Here launched a show tomorrow called Killer Tranny Hookers Want Your Husband, would GLAAD respond?

The organization's mission statement reads "GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation." But now, according to a decision made by a dizzying series of ad hoc committees, GLAAD has decided to honor only programming that comes from "mainstream media outlets." Never mind that the term "mainstream media" appears nowhere in GLAAD's mission statement. Never mind that up until now the term "mainstream media" was traditionally used by Fox News to describe any news outlet that didn't present the liberal side of the issue with a commentator who was either a felon or deformed. Now it's being parroted by gay people to justify excluding other people. But there's a reason for this, as Media Awards PR man Nick Adams informed Gabriel Rotello in a written statement for the Huffingten Post. The awards must focus on "those whose attitudes about our right to fairness, dignity, and equality" need to be transformed. Gotcha. So it's all right to exclude other gay people as long as we're trying to make people who don't like us like us some more? …