Exploring GLAAD’s Silence On Beatie

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If you’re anything like us, you’re wondering why GLAAD’s remained silent on Joe Scarborough’s trans trashing last week.

For those of you who missed it, Scarborough and his cohorts on MSNBC’s Morning Joe took multiple shots at pregnant trans man Thomas Beatie, whom they referred to as disgusting and the such. Obviously we all knew Beatie’s Oprah appearance would cause a controversy, but had hoped that mainstream news agencies would have a little more class. Not Scarborough, though.

That story broke on Friday, so we figured GLAAD wouldn’t get involved until Monday. Well, they didn’t. We were a bit disappointed in their silence and decided to do a bit of digging. Rather than addressing our initial questions, the media watchdogs at GLAAD directed us to Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center For Transgender Equality, with whom GLAAD has been working on the Beatie story.

Keisling insisted that her team and the kids at GLAAD have been working behind the scenes to work things out with MSNBC. She also informs us that NCTE offered its expertise on the matter prior to Beatie’s outing by suggesting medical experts and counseling journalists on how to approach this sensitive story.

No GLAAD representatives would go on the record, but an anonymous activist close to the matter informed us that some leaders are shying away from the Beatie story because they don’t want his story to be representative of the entire movement. A pregnant trans man, they claim, does not represent the entire “community,” whatever that means. Said the gay: “He has a goal that’s different than ours. He wanted to get publicity, sell a book and strike a movie deal.” Beatie’s unilateral self-interest, it seems, ended up alienating potential allies.

GLAAD assures us, however, that they have spoken to MSNBC to rectify the matter. An MSNBC spokesman, meanwhile, told us they’re not sure whether or not the cable news network will release a statement. The delay speaks volumes.