GLAAD to Hold Anti-LGBT Commentators Accountable

By Nick Visser

Originally published on Advocate.com March 14 2012 9:08 AM ET

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has launched an initiative to hold dozens of anti-LGBT pundits accountable for their statements this morning, aimed at “educating the media about the extreme rhetoric” they espouse. The Commentator Accountability Project will target on figures such as Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, and Pastor Ken Hutcherson.

“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,” GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a Monday press release.

The project urges individuals to notify GLAAD when any of these antigay figureheads is quoted in local or national media at this webpage.

“Hate is not an expert opinion,” Graddick said in the press release. “This project holds these so-called ‘pundits’ accountable for the extreme anti-LGBT rhetoric they continue to spread.”

See a full list of the commentators here.