GLAAD Gets Butch

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Gay watchdog group GLAAD’s just days away from its first “Sports Media” program!

From their press release:

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the New York Gay Football League, Gay Superbowl 7 and Gym Sportsbar today announced a first-of-its-kind public forum titled The Closet Doors of the NFL.

The groundbreaking event will address the role of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the National Football League (NFL). Openly gay former NFL players Esera Tuaolo and Dave Kopay, as well as Jackie Lepow, an out lesbian who works in the New York Giants’ front office, and CBS Sportsline columnist Mike Freeman will participate in the forum. Jim Buzinski, co-founder of the sports Web site Outsports, will moderate the event scheduled for Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the screening room at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

“The Closet Doors of the NFL will shed light on the grim realities gay athletes face when trying to play professional sports,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “By giving voice to the struggle against anti-gay prejudice, we bring visibility to an important cultural change happening in the world of American sports.”

With give GLAAD an “A” for effort, but we wonder: how many straight, homophobic football fans will be in attendance next Thursday?