GLAAD Gives Texas Newspaper a Lesson on Language
By Jessanne Collins
The Dallas Morning News amended a story about Out's parent company last week, after GLAAD called the reporter out on some problematic (and unstylish, even by the AP's standards) language usage. The original story called The Advocate and Out "alternative lifestyle magazines," but, as GLAAD's Rashad Robinson wrote in a letter to the editor the paper published Monday, "Out is a lifestyle magazine as are other lifestyle magazines like GQ or Marie Clare that mix news, features, fashion and celebrities. The Advocate is a news magazine."
GLAAD also used the opportunity to point out that the article "referenced the myth that gay people are a largely affluent,
well-educated minority group. A 2009 study reviewing census data on
poverty revealed that gay men, for example, experience poverty at rates
that are as high as or higher than rates for straight adults." The article was later amended "to include advertising and consumer purchasing statistics about the gay community."
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