Radio DJs to apologize for transphobia
Advocate. com reports KRXQ radio in Sacramento, Calif., has agreed to welcome a transgender person and the parent of a transgender youth as on-air guests after the hosts of a morning show made transphobic remarks.
Arnie States and Rob Williams of the “Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show” are scheduled to apologize on June 11.
On May 28, the hosts were discussing a boy in Omaha who wants to transition from male to female. Williams called transgender people “freaks,” asserting that therapy could steer them away from being transgender.
States also said that if his son put on a pair of high heels, he would probably hit him with one of his shoes.
In response to the incident, 11 advertisers pulled their ads from the station, including AT&T, Bank of America, Chipotle, Guitar Center, McDonald’s, Nissan, Snapple, Sonic, Verizon and Wells Fargo.
Schools unblock gay Web sites
Tennessean.com reports Metro Nashville schools have lifted their filter on gay-themed Web sites two weeks after the ACLU filed suit over the issue.
The blocked sites included PFLAG, GLADD, GLSEN and HRC.
In mid-April, the ACLU sent a letter to the Metro and Knox County school districts asking them to adjust Internet search-filtering software so that such sites would be accessible.
The filtering software always gave students access to ministries that aim to change sexual orientation. The ACLU’s suit claimed viewpoint discrimination.
Gay marriage ‘legal’ in video game
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports the makers of “The Sims” have allowed gay marriage in the newest version.
Lyle Masaki at AfterElton.com noted that in the game’s first release, same-sex couples could move in together. “The Sims 2” allowed gay couples to be “joined.”
“So when I bought my copy of the latest Sims game, I wanted to find out if gay couples had taken another step forward and now had the ability to get married like any other couple,” he said. “And after a week of game time, I was able to get a male couple to plan a wedding party and tie the knot.”
— Larry Nichols