Foreword for GLAAD Chair's Book
I don't follow sports and today was informed that a rabid anti-gay advocate by the name of Tony Dungy, a former National Football League coach, penned the foreword for GLAAD co-chair Roxanne Jones' 2010 book on black athletes "Say It Loud". It was published by Jones' employer EPSN's book division.
As reported previously, Jones is as straight person.
Before joining forces with Jones, Dungy was roundly criticized by gay advocates in 2007 when he was the honored speaker at a fundraiser for the Indiana Family Institute organization, which is affiliated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family and opposes liberation and fairness for gay people.
According to the Associated Press, at the 2007 IFI dinner Dungy endorsed the group's agenda:
The coach told the audience he supported the group’s efforts to amend the Indiana constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
“I appreciate the stance they’re taking, and I embrace that stance,” Dungy told the crowd of about 700 people. Dungy said his comments should not be considered gay bashing. ...
In 2009 he was selected to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and GLAAD condemned the White House nominating him to the council:
It’s unclear exactly what role Dungy will play in the advisory council. However, [GLAAD has] serious concerns that he can work objectively and effectively with LGBT nonprofits and LGBT community organizations. Will he shoot down or undermine worthy plans submitted by LGBT groups simply because they are LGBT?
This is an area where the media (traditional and bloggers) needs to dig in and consistently report on to ensure all communities are served for the better. ...
Dungy eventually didn't serve on the council due to scheduling conflicts. Don't you just love how GLAAD directs others to dig in and make sure the gay community is well-served in matters related to Dungy and the council?
Let's dig in and ask some questions. Why does the co-chair of GLAAD, after years of anti-gay controversies with Dungy, work with him on her book and use an essay of his as the foreword? Why did GLAAD stay silent on Jones collaborating with the homophobe, when it had plenty to say at the time his name was floated to serve on a White House panel?
More questions. Does GLAAD have different standards about when to publicly criticize an entity from working with him, one for the White House and another for a co-chair?
If there is a shred of integrity among the board members or executives at GLAAD, I'm not aware of it. With straight allies like Jones giving cover to and willfully ignoring a homophobes obnoxious bias against us, with don't need adversaries.
Let's put GLAAD out of business and halt the damage it does to the LGBT community.
(Screen grab of the opening page of the foreword. Hat tip: NG.)