Ironically, GLAAD was founded by Vito Russo in 1985 to challenge The Post’s homophobic coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The paper has wised up about gays and lesbians (to a degree) but is still printing headlines like
“Bravest gets off easy on she-male beat” and “Fire kills tranny in dairy den”
With 26% of transgender people reporting they’ve been physically assaulted because of anti-trans hatred, GLAAD’s point is that throwing around incendiary slurs isn’t just mean, it’s dangerous. “The Post has been digging its feet in the ground for too long on this issue,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Transgender people, particularly those who are victims of crime, deserve more than the vile slurs and underhanded ‘jokes’ with which the Post describes them. Until this paper changes its ways and apologizes for the damage done, GLAAD has no interest in supporting their work.”
The GLAAD Media Awards always draw celebrities and other notables, but with Madonna scheduled to give Anderson Cooper an award this Saturday, the Post is really missing out.
Fortunately, Queerty will be on the scene to give you all the dish!