Why GLAAD Doesn’t Represent Me

Seems like a lot of people are saying that GLAAD doesn’t represent them…

Just like a lot are saying HRC doesn’t represent them.

Could it be that the black tie elites that make up organizations like GLAAD and HRC have become careerists more interested their fund raising and rubbing elbows with the A-List people, straight and gay that make up the elites in Washington DC, LA, SF, NYC etc…

Seems like the rarefied atmosphere of the hot house world of the elites has caused them to lose touch.

It isn’t just things like them cramming the liturgy of the Transgender Borg Collective down the throats of post-transsexual people.

It is more with pretending that all LGBT/T people are of the rich and privileged class/ desirable marketing demographic that organizations like HRC and GLAAD seem intent on selling us as being.

When some of us are homeless, under privileged, throw away kids doing survival sex.

When even some of the best of the legislative actions will do absolutely nothing for that lumpen LGBT/T class that the A-List gays like to pretend doesn’t exist.

All I can say is “Get Equal!” at least they haven’t gotten so big they have sold themselves out to the highest bidder…  Yet…

From The Center For Media Justice:  http://centerformediajustice.org/2011/06/11/why-glaad-doesnt-represent-me/

by Malkia Cyril  In CMJ Home
Posted June 11th, 2011

In the bizarre story of GLAAD’s forced support of AT&T’s takeover of Tmobile, GLAAD failed the queer community. There are three big reasons this makes me hopping mad.

As a black lesbian director of a national media strategy and organizing center, I consider it my fight to ensure that the civil rights groups of the DC beltway represent the needs and dreams of local under-represented communities when it comes to telecom issues. When the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) took it upon themselves to advocate for the AT&T takeover of tmobile, they advocated for the company, not the people they are sworn to represent. I had to ask myself why.

Big Media = Big Money. According to an article published in Politico last week, AT&T gave money to all the civil rights groups that currently back the merger. While AT&T claims their donations and grants to be the result of socially responsible partnership with non-profits, it seems pretty obvious that the ONLY groups that support the merger are ones that have received money from AT&T.

GLAAD isn’t the only group to suffer under the thumb of the expectations that come with receiving corporate money. Just last month, Comcast pulled a grant from Reel Grrls -a small video production organization serving young women- after they tweeted a critique of Comcast’s hire of FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker. These young women raised concerns about reports that FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker had gone from overseeing the approved merger of Comcast and NBC to working as a top official at Comcast. Instead of begging for their grant back, Reel Grrls raised a ruckus and alerted both their allies and the media. Under national scrutiny, Comcast apologized and offered to restore the grant, but Reel Grrls had raised enough money through donations. They set a precedent by saying no to the corporate money and the strings that come with it.

Accepting significant financial contributions from big industry to non-profits links the fate and survival of these organizations with the profit-bearing motives of these companies and the deregulation of corporate America.

Continue reading at:  http://centerformediajustice.org/2011/06/11/why-glaad-doesnt-represent-me/

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