Seen at the GLAAD website:
On July 23, the “Los Angeles Times” published a full-page ad by an anti-gay industry group called Exodus International that peddles a series of homophobic myths about gay people. The ad, featuring a man named Randy Thomas (whose role as Exodus’ communications director is not disclosed in the ad), fraudulently suggests that homosexuality is caused by absentee fathers and sexual abuse, that being gay or lesbian is synonymous with emotional problems, and that being gay is something that can and should be cured. The ad campaign — which, like Exodus itself, has ties to the largest anti-gay group in the country, Focus on the Family — was deemed acceptable by the Department of Advertising Standards at the “Los Angeles Times,” and, according to a representative from that department, by the advertising department’s upper management. However, the advertising department has declined to release its advertising standards so that the “Times'” readers can consider the company policy that led to the decision to run the ad.
To e-mail the “Los Angeles Times'” letters to the editor page, “Times” Readers’ Representative Jamie Gold, and Jerry Bluestein in the “Times'” Department of Advertising Standards, visit http://glaad.org/action/calls_detail.php?id=3693 and click on “TAKE ACTION!”
GLAAD is asking that they explain the “Times'” decision to print Exodus’ homophobic ad and ask that they disclose their standards for acceptable advertising. Such transparency will allow the Los Angeles community to make an informed decision about their support of a paper that opens its pages to ads and groups promoting an agenda of fear and intolerance toward our community.
The ad can be viewed at http://www.exodus.to/pdf/Randy_Ad.pdf (Adobe Reader required).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GLAAD Media Reference Guide
In Depth: “Ex-Gays” & “Conversion Therapy”