150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010

BY Advocate Contributors

May 10 2010 5:00 AM ET

1 PIXEL GIF | ADVOCATE.COMBECAUSE SHE’S SARAH, NOT SO PLAIN
Comedy Central has partnered with Logo to keep The Sarah Silverman Program on the air. With Silverman’s lesbian cop buddy and her overweight, redheaded, gay stoner-couple neighbors, TV’s funniest show is also one of the most inclusive. Her on-screen naïf act cracks us up, while her commitment to not marry until we all can makes this Sarah one of our favorite allies.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH MATTERS
When members of the media spread falsehoods about LGBT people and their concerns—oh, like saying that a presidential appointee is a NAMBLA supporter—Media Matters for America is on the case. Last year the organization put great effort into debunking bizarre assertions by right-wing outlets about Kevin Jennings, the gay man named by President Obama to oversee safe-schools programs in the Department of Education. “It was an enormous amount of work, but it was rewarding,” says Media Matters president Eric Burns. “We forced Fox Nation to correct themselves, which almost never happens.” Media Matters chief exec David Brock, a gay journalist who once worked in the conservative media world, founded the group in 2004 to correct misinformation that furthers the right’s agenda. Burns, who is straight, is glad LGBT issues are part of Media Matters’ mission: “I see this as the civil rights struggle of my generation. It’s something I’m very proud to work on.”

BECAUSE WHEN YOU’VE GOT TO GO, YOU’VE GOT TO GO
One University of Kansas student has a vision, and he’s putting action to words. Matthew Blankers, a trans male, aims for the university to have at least one gender-neutral, handicapped-accessible bathroom in every building. Blankers helped conduct a survey of campus buildings that already provide such facilities and also hopes to make a map available to students.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH MATTERS

When members of the media spread falsehoods about LGBT people and their concerns—oh, like saying that a presidential appointee is a NAMBLA supporter—Media Matters for America is on the case. Last year the organization put great effort into debunking bizarre assertions by right-wing outlets about Kevin Jennings, the gay man named by President Obama to oversee safe-schools programs in the Department of Education. “It was an enormous amount of work, but it was rewarding,” says Media Matters president Eric Burns. “We forced Fox Nation to correct themselves, which almost never happens.” Media Matters chief exec David Brock, a gay journalist who once worked in the conservative media world, founded the group in 2004 to correct misinformation that furthers the right’s agenda. Burns, who is straight, is glad LGBT issues are part of Media Matters’ mission: “I see this as the civil rights struggle of my generation. It’s something I’m very proud to work on.”








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