GLAAD demands apology after FOX TV station's 'Is Glee Turning Kids Gay' segment

Wed. May 4, 2011 1:24 PM by News Staff

Houston - The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is demanding an apology after FOX affiliate KRIV Houston aired a debate over whether "Glee" is making kids gay.

The segment aired last week, after an episode in which the cast used Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way" as a springboard for dialogue about acceptance. During the finale song, the cast wore T-shirts with words about a personality trait: "Stupid," "OCD," "Likes Boys," etc.

Three of the main characters on "Glee" are gay and one is a lesbian.

During the "Is TV Too Gay" debate on KRIV, Bryan Fisher from the American Family Association said that being gay "is conduct that bears enormous psychological and physical risk to those that engage in it" and that it "is just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use."

The FOX station also had a gay rights activist, Ray Hill.

"This is a program that people want to see," Hill said.

Fischer said that these shows are "glamorizing homosexual conduct."

"Fair-minded Americans are tuning in by the millions to inclusive shows like Glee and Modern Family because they don't care whether someone is straight or gay -- what they care about is seeing characters and stories they can relate to," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

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