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At Super Bowl, Antibullying PSAs Will Go On

At Super Bowl, Antibullying PSAs Will Go On

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Antibullying messages sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network will still be shown on the Jumbotron at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Super Bowl Sunday, despite right-wing activist Linda Harvey's call to cancel them.

Harvey (pictured, left), president of the conservative Christian group Mission America, had written in her online newsletter that GLSEN's ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign "seeks to instill the false idea that only by enthusiastically approving of homosexuality and gender confusion can we prevent bullying." She urged her supporters to pressure Toronto-based Grazie Media, which owns the Jumbotron at the stadium in Indianapolis, to withdraw its offer of space for "this shameful message."

Grazie has not given in, however, and GLSEN is asking that messages of thanks be sent to the firm; to do so, click here. The GLSEN public service announcements feature NBA player Grant Hill and comedian Wanda Sykes warning against saying something is "gay" to mean it's stupid.

"Grazie Media has stood against the pressure, and we want them to know they did the right thing and have the strongest gratitude of GLSEN supporters," reads an email from GLSEN. The company needs to hear from "fair-minded people" who "won't tolerate organized anti-LGBT bigotry," GLSEN officials add.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.