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Kudos to Logo for Covering Plight of Gays in Iran

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:30 am - November 29, 2007.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Media,Gays in Other Lands

Earlier this month when I wrote about Logo’s first ever half-hour gay newscast,” I wondered if it would “cover important gay issues which the rest of the gay media has been largely ignoring, notably the increasing persecution of gay people in such Islamofascist regimes as Iran.” Well, when a friend of mine e-mailed me a link to recent program, I found that the program was doing just that, reporting on the plight of gays in Iran and alerting viewers to a longer program on that topic.

Kudos to Jason Bellini and the staff at Logo for covering a story that all too many gay leaders and organizations have been ignoring (or to which they have been giving short shrift).

Hopefully, this reporting will make more people aware of the dire situation of gays and lesbians in such nations. And as more attention is drawn to their plight, we may find a means to act on their behalf.

All that said, this is a good sign that the producers of Logo’s newscast are more interested in covering gay issues than in parroting a leftist agenda. This may truly become a non-partisan source for gay news.

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10 Comments

  1. Dan: what did you mean to link to from 365Gay.com? All that comes up is their main page. Thanks.

    Comment by John — November 29, 2007 @ 2:28 pm - November 29, 2007

  2. There should be a video of Jason Bellini’s 11/19 newscast. I couldn’t find a direct link to that video.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — November 29, 2007 @ 2:29 pm - November 29, 2007

  3. That’s great news.

    Comment by The Livewire — November 29, 2007 @ 4:48 pm - November 29, 2007

  4. You need some new gay media but I have been reading stories every week about the plight of gay people in the middle east and Africa. Perhaps the west coast gay papers don’t cover this kind of news? They do in NYC. I suspect there are stories on this in the Washington Blade as well (which I don’t always read but it is available online).

    Comment by Houndentenor — November 30, 2007 @ 9:54 am - November 30, 2007

  5. The gay media is pretty lame out here. I do get the Advocate where I haven’t seen coverage on gays in Iran.

    Good point on checking the Blade regularly. I do try to do that and should do it more. When I lived in DC, I found it to be a most excellent paper.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — November 30, 2007 @ 12:21 pm - November 30, 2007

  6. Also try gay365. There was a lot of coverage over the summer of the execution of some gay teens in Iran. Horrible. It was widely covered. If it wasn’t covered enough or if the glossy celebrity magazines like the Advocate didn’t give it enough pages, then that is too bad. But the glossies are in business to make money and most people would rather read about celebrities than genocide and human rights violations. The genocide in Darfur continues even though the media got bored with the story. Myanmanr is also still in crisis even though the press is focusing on Pakistan at the moment.

    I wonder what it’s like to live in a country where the media is capable of covering more than one story at a time. Oh wait…that’s everywhere but the US.

    People complain about bias in the media, but mostly what I see is laziness and pandering to audiences for ratings.

    Comment by Houndentenor — November 30, 2007 @ 1:05 pm - November 30, 2007

  7. Not a bad report, Dan. Some of the video looks like it comes from this interesting CBC report:

    Part 1 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=Mu_tiFZjNQY

    Part 2 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=Atb5xZZ7fPY

    Comment by John — November 30, 2007 @ 1:45 pm - November 30, 2007

  8. Look how Indonesia is going to handle AIDS:

    http://lawhawk.blogspot.com/2007/11/indonesia-expresses-curious-method-of.html

    Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Indonesia, which has previously sought to prevent US doctors from helping an Indonesian man who suffers from an ailment that turns his hands into essentially tree stumps and wants to control access to potential virus strains prevalent in the country, has come upon the solution to the AIDS crisis.

    Stoning.

    This would be in accordance with Islamic law, of course.

    “We strongly feel that condoms can’t prevent people from getting AIDS. The pores of the latex are bigger than the virus itself,”he told Adnkronos International (AKI), adding that in his view the campaign was harmful and morally wrong.

    “AIDS prevention should start by implementing Islamic laws and punishing rule breakers, infidels and those who engage in pre-marital sex.

    “In Islam we normally throw stones at them,” said al-Anshori. The MMI is a Muslim umbrella organisation whose member groups promotes sharia law in Indonesia.

    UPDATE:
    Fixed error in first paragraph – Jersey City is celebrating World AIDS Day today, but the official day is tomorrow.

    Comment by Vince P — November 30, 2007 @ 2:42 pm - November 30, 2007

  9. “We strongly feel that condoms can’t prevent people from getting AIDS. The pores of the latex are bigger than the virus itself,”

    The sad irony here is that this bonehead could have gotten this misinformation from any number of Religious Right groups here in the United States.

    Comment by John — November 30, 2007 @ 9:12 pm - November 30, 2007

  10. The sad irony here is that this bonehead could have gotten this misinformation from any number of Religious Right groups here in the United States.

    Comment by John — November 30, 2007 @ 9:12 pm – November 30, 2007

    Really? Where?

    Comment by Vince P — November 30, 2007 @ 9:16 pm - November 30, 2007

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