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GLAAD: FX Keeps
Antigay Comments on 30 Days

GLAAD: FX Keeps
Antigay Comments on 30 Days

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The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a press release Tuesday urging community members to contact FX Networks to express concern about a defamatory claim by an antigay activist that was featured uncensored, and unchallenged, on the June 24 episode of 30 Days.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a press release Tuesday urging community members to contact FX Networks to express concern about a defamatory claim by an antigay activist that was featured uncensored, and unchallenged, on the June 24 episode of 30 Days. The show "examines social issues in America by immersing individuals in a life that requires them to see the world through another's eyes,'" according to the show's website.

In an episode titled "Same-Sex Parenting," Kati, a woman who is opposed to gays having families, lives for 30 days with gay parents Dennis and Thomas and their four adopted sons.

The episode includes a defamatory statement by Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, who, according to GLAAD's press release, is quoted as saying: "Homosexuality is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, and those are all reasons for us to be concerned about placing children into that kind of setting."

After reviewing a screener supplied by FX Networks, GLAAD and the Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit working to ensure equality for LGBT families, contacted FX, requesting that the inaccurate claim be removed from the episode or that a credible social science expert be brought in to provide an on-air correction.

FX Networks refused to remove the statement or address it during the course of the episode.

GLAAD, the Family Equality Council, and Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere are urging their members and the community to contact FX Networks and 20th Century Fox to express their concerns over the network's providing a platform for such an inaccurate, misleading claim by the Family Research Council:

Jeffrey Glaser, senior vice president, current programming, 20th Century Fox Television, Inc., (310) 369-0211, jeffrey.glaser@fox.com.

Nick Grad, executive vice president of original programming, FX Networks, (310) 369-0949, ngrad@fxnetworks.com.

Chuck Saftler, executive vice president of programming, FX Networks, (310) 369-0949, csaftler@fxnetworks.com.

Scott Seomin, vice president of public relations, FX Networks, (310) 369-0938, sseomin@fxnetworks.com.

Read our Advocate.com exclusive interview with Dennis and Thomas here. (The Advocate)

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