Help Counter Anti-LGBT Messages On the Airwaves
April 14, 2010
Change.org has a great action set-up right now to counter some anti-LGBT rhetoric on the radio. Writes Mike Jones on their site:
The radio program in question is a nationally syndicated call-in show hosted by Dawson McAllister, a religious counselor who hosts a regular program geared toward young adults (ages 13-29). Consider it a Frasier Crane-like program, where young adults can call in and talk about their problems. The Dawson McAllister show even runs a "helpline," where young adults can call between 7:00pm-5:00am (CST) and speak to people about their problems.... And therein lies the problem. Because if you're an LGBT young adult, and you call this "helpline," you'll be told that homosexuality is akin to murder, and that you should turn to organizations, like Exodus International, which believe that homosexuality is sinful and something that should be treated. Giving advice like that to young adults dealing with their sexual orientation or gender identity is not only bad science, it's downright a form of bullying. As a January 2009 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed, when young adults receive negative feedback (like being told that their sexual orientation or gender identity is just as bad as murder or robbery), they are more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide, nearly six times as vulnerable to severe depression and more than three times at risk of drug use.
They point out that Clear Channel which distributes the program has a 100% rating on HRC's corporate equality index, based on their policies for their LGBT workers. Make sure they hear from you that this kind of damaging "advice" has no place on the air!
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