GLAAD Blasts Washington Times Anti-ENDA Editorial
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is blasting a right-leaning DC Newspaper for an editorial it ran against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – titled “Discrimination is necessary.” ENDA would protect employees from being fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Washington Times editorial board ran their piece this weekend, saying lawmakers should defeat ENDA, or else kids will be ‘subject(ed) to weirdos.” The piece claims ENDA will force religious groups to hire cross-dressers, will allow teachers to undergo sex changes, and will let men into women’s bathrooms.
Media Watchdog GLAAD says the view of the Washington Times is out of step with most of the country. Rashad Robinson is the group’s senior director of media programs.
Robinson: “I think they think that in the year 2010, it’s still okay in a major newspaper, to say that it’s okay to discriminate against a major part of the American public.”
GLAAD is asking supporters to call their members of congress in support of ENDA – but not to bother complaining to the Times.
Robinson: “The idea of having our community spending our time calling a newspaper whose editorial board says it’s okay to discriminate against gay people – it’s not worth our time.”
GLAAD says the Washington Times – which only approved the word “gay” to be used instead of “homosexual” in 2008 – has had a long history of anti-gay editorial decisions.