I received an email from Dallas LGBTQ equality activist C.D. Kirven pointing me to an article on LezGetReal.com that calls for a ‘tune out’ of CNN’s Gay in America series. After tweeting about the blog post, I posted it on a private Google group full of LGBT bloggers and head honchos of LGBT organizations. Within 5 minutes, I received a lead that pointed me to a contact person in CNN’s PR department – and within 10 minutes, I’d sent an email to CNN and received the following response:
The producers for ‘In America,’ are devoted to capturing diverse voices and believe we have done so with our Gay in America initiative.
Please know that there have been many other stories about the LGBT community that have aired on CNN this week as part of our “Gay in America” initiative, in addition to the Gary and Tony Have a Baby documentary. Some of the stories included were how a black Baptist church in DC is dealing with gay unions, a black service member discussing a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a 2-part series on gay teens from Mississippi and two black men who adopted a child.
In addition, exclusive to CNN.com is a story called the “Brady Bunch” about two black gay fathers who’ve joined their families and our ‘Rare Views’ where couples of a variety of racial backgrounds get to tell their stories.
All of these stories can be found on CNN.com on our “Gay in America” page: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/in.america/gay.in.america/
I hope this is helpful information to you.
Even though the series is called ‘Gay in America,” should we expect to see more trans inclusion? Thoughts?
Here’s C.D.’s response to CNN’s response:
Thank you for responding indirectly because I have not received a return email from your producers in return of my emails I’ve been sending for weeks. You have left out a huge part of our community that include Transgender, Transsexuals, Bisexuals and LGBT rights activists like myself whose protests and rallies are not reported on similar to the “Tea Party’s” events.
GET EQUAL NOW instead of GLAAD appears to be responsible for diverse positive LGBT images so your run down of your “planned” series has still fail short of capturing the faces of our community. Since I’m an activist, I must stand up for those who feel invisible and so I will continue to collect my 1600 signatures and hope those who also want all voices heard will stand with me.
This week is the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall riots where a transgender Puertorican woman threw the first shoe that started our national LGBT fight for independence. To ignore the struggle and the people fighting in it is not my Gay in America. We can’t leave off the B and T!
Update: The correct web site address for Get Equal NOW is http://getequalnow.org