Sunday, January 27, 2008

When Will We Say "Enough"?

Hello Darlings,

I know you tuned in today to get a glimpse of the latest in Gay Hollywood, and I promise to give you a STELLAR blog tomorrow full of photos of hot hunky celebs and fabulous women (promise tomorrow, really), but today is one of those days where you're instead getting an assignment. Time to pull out your composition book and take out your number two pencil - metaphorically speaking. Your keypad and email program will suffice. Stop groaning.

Just so you know I'll have dish tomorrow, here's a few of the folks I hung out with ALL DAY tune in tomorrow for all the details and tons of wonderful candid photos from my pals, photojournalists Brian Putnam and Faye Sadou.
Okay, now time to do a little something for me, for yourself and for our community.

We ARE FAMILY is not just a song by the Pointer Sisters, k? First here's the story. Then you'll see your homework to follow after.

So ya'll probably guessed right away that some right wing nut jobs would somehow link Heath Ledger's death to his role in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
That came true as we've now seen. Today, let's talk about FOX NEWS.
What burns my hide is a supposed news source, FOX, allowing John Gibson to make light of Ledger's death because he played gay. Gibson actually made fun of Ledger's death.  On a national news program run by Fox.

The following is a great clip from another news show where reporters comment on John Gibson's anti gay hate statements against Heath Ledger. This clip includes the remarks, if you haven't heard them and also includes the apology Gibson had to make after the network was inundated with calls and mail in protest to his outrageous anti gay remarks.

Let me show you why we must not stand for this brand of hate being broadcast across the country. Let me just show you one picture and tell you one story so you can see what the above hate leads to for us and our community.

This is Sean Kennedy. He was a young gay man, out in his community and beloved by friends and family. Eight months ago, someone in his neighborhood saw him outside a gay bar, jumped out of his truck, called him a "faggot" then punched him in the face. After he landed he was called a "faggot" again.

The blow Sean received to his face following the "f" word shattered his face bone, and when he landed on the pavement, the impact severed his brain steam. He was left on the pavement to die. A few hours later a phone message was left for one of his friends, "When you see your faggot friend tell him he owes me $500 for breaking my hand!"

Sean was dead and because there was no hate crime legislation in that town in South Carolina, the murderer was given only 4 months in jail. Because this was an attack on a gay man, the local police and political figures did nothing to help and the family was shunned by friends because of the gay element of the murder.

Look at that boy's face and tell me when will the time come when we say "enough"? You are not allowed to hate us. You are not allowed to spread hate. You are not allowed to send hateful messages on legitimate news sources (Fox, of course, as usual) that fuel angry people out there and give them permission to kill us. While the police and the city and everyone else does nothing.

If you're upset by this, please send a note with your thoughts to:

Also I urge to to visit the sponsor page of FOX NEWS and send their advertisers a notes as well. Names and addresses can be found at

For all the up to date information on this story, you can check in at GLAAD, our advocacy group which exists to police gay defamation in the media.

To learn more about Sean, and all our other LGBT brothers and sisters who have been slain in the last year, visit

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