Those of us who’ve long since jettisoned the WaPo’s daily pages from our lives missed it, but WaPo ran a piece from staunch anti-gay Family Research Council head Tony Perkins this week (find it yourself – I’m not linking that garbage). When criticized about it by GLAAD via twitter the WaPo twitter account said that it was a result of trying to cover both sides – after all, they’d had a live chat with Dan Savage about the It Gets Better project we mentioned here last week.
GLAAD and plenty of others have castigated the person driving the WaPo twitter account with the simple message that there’s not two sides to suicide, just tragedy. Dan Savage’s own reply was brief and on The Stranger.
Dear Washington Post…
…if you had told me that my doing a live chat with your readers about the It Gets Better Project was going to be used as an excuse to publish the hateful, bigoted lies of Tony Perkins, I wouldn’t have done your fucking live chat.
I’m sure WaPo will be sad to learn that both items came too late for Aiyisha Hassan who attended Howard University last year. The self-identified lesbian took her own life at home in California on the 5th, an action a fellow Howard student attributed second-hand to her issues with her sexual identity.
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