OK! Magazine Believes That One Marriage-Equality Org Represents Entire “LGBT Community”

I hate to take a shot at another media organization, but OK! magazine might need to re-evaluate its definition of the “LGBT community.”

The mag recently exclaimed in a headline that “LGBT Community Backs Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s Engagement.”

Thing is, only one LGBT organization was asked for comment.

OK! quotes  Rebekah Orr, Communications Director for Equality California, who told E! Online:

“We would never want any committed couple to deny themselves and their families the happiness and security that marriage brings. Their marriage just provides one more opportunity to remind all of us why marriage matters to all loving couples and why the exclusion of same-sex couples from the freedom to marry is so hurtful to families.”

E! Online was more responsible with their reporting, saying that “LGBT Group Cheers On Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Engagement!”

While I love the work of Equality California, who have been tireless in their efforts to overturn Prop 8, OK! needs to make sure it doesn’t automatically assume they speak for all gay people.

Queerty feels the snarky need to half-joke that the community is “outraged,” and that Brangelina is being selfish.

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  • Jase

    You’re only half-joking about people being outraged?

  • brian

    OK magazine is garbage. It’s not particularly gay-friendly. It’s run mostly by a bunch of moronic men and women. It is pure crap.

    Go away, OK.

  • Sceth

    My first reaction amounted to “Lol, what community?”
    But the term is used loosely. Regardless of actual size, any organization presumed to be big enough is talked about as “the GOLBAT community.”

    Criticizing them for using the term is like punishing someone for saying “F-ing god” as heresy.

    The phrase is not meaningfully sincere, and not just because the operative noun refers to something that doesn’t exist.

  • Timmmeeeyyy

    Is that so much different than when QUEERTY published the headline “OUTRAGE: Selfish Brangelina Breaks Promise To LGBT Community And Get Straight-Engaged,” only to see from the comments that there really wasn’t that much outrage (except from those few commenters who are outraged at everything)? Perhaps to be more clear, the QUEERTY headline should have read “Dan Avery is OUTRAGED: Selfish Brangelina Breaks Promise To LGBT Community And Get Straight-Engaged.”

  • Tina


    Why so bitter Queerty? This is the kind of stuff typical of the snarky for the sake of being snarky gay. Whomever wants to marry, it should be celebrated. Does it make them less of supporter and ally if they get married?
    That defeats the purpose of fighting for equality if Queerty is promoting juvenile bitterness regarding Brangelina’s marriage.

  • jason


    Dearie, nobody is begrudging Brad and Ange the joy of matrimony per se. What many of us are saying is that they cynically manipulated us on the gay marriage issue and then stabbed us in the back. It’s the hypocrisy, sweetheart. It’s the deception, luvvie.

    If you don’t understand this, there’s no point in arguing with you.

  • axon

    A half joke? Nice touch, poking fun at readers.

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