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GLN Launches Signature Ad Against Focus on the Family's James Dobson

As part of our campaign against James Dobson, one of the United States' leading organizers against the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people, the Gay Liberation Network is launching a signature ad campaign to mobilize people to attend the Saturday, November 8th protest against Dobson's visit. On that night Dobson will be in town to receive an award from the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

The concept of a signature ad is simple – rather than rely on a wealthy donor or two to raise money for an ad about an important community issue, raise the money via small donations from many people and put the names of the donors themselves on the ad.

Despite launching the campaign for the ads less than 72 hours ago, we're delighted to report that we're halfway towards our fundraising goal and aside from GLN members, prominent community activists Rick Garcia, Cat Jefcoat, Bill Greaves, Katina Lowery, Chad Weiden and Deb Mell are among the many who are signing on, and Equality Illinois has joined GLN, Truth Wins Out, DumpDobson.com and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition as organizational sponsors.

Below is the text of the ad.

If YOU would like to have your name appear on the ad, please email us back to LGBTliberation@aol.com with your name and the amount that you would like to contribute (the suggested contribution amount is $25). Checks should be made payable to "GLN" (write "signature ad" in the memo section) and mail to:

GLN4404 N. Magnolia, #420Chicago, IL 60640

Here is the text of the ad:

Keep Focus on the Family's


Out of Chicago.

An Open Letterto Members and Friendsof the LGBT community

Many have worked towards making the Chicago area a better place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Unfortunately Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications proposes to stain this record of progress on Saturday, November 8 by honoring one of the nation's leading haters of LGBT people -- Focus on the Family's James Dobson.

Here is a sample of Dobson's hate expressed in his own words:

“For more than 40 years the homosexual activist movement has sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family.” (March 24, 2004 Focus on the Family radio broadcast).

“Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.” (The Daily Oklahoman on Oct. 23, 2004)

And James Dobson is not a lone, deranged hater crying in the wilderness. He is a dangerously powerful person who controls a broadcasting empire with over 3000 outlets, 1300 employees, and a $150 million annual budget. He uses this empire to advocate the denial of our equal access to employment, housing and public accommodations.

These attacks are the centerpiece of a concerted drive to rollback all of our gains of the last four decades. For example, an offshoot of Focus on the Family is the leading organization pushing a referendum to overthrow marriage equality in California.

Focus on the Family controls the nation's highest profile "ex-gay" ministry, which futilely tries to "convert" LGBTs to straight by "praying away the gay." In so doing, they reinforce self-hate and psychologically harm the very individuals they claim to help. Such "ex-gay" programs are roundly condemned by every respected medical and mental health organization in America.

After years of gradual progress in public acceptance of LGBT people, Dobson's long-standing campaign against us may soon start to get much greater traction. The US economy is tanking, people are worried about losing their life savings, and the search for scapegoats may begin to be the order of the day, generating higher waves of hate and violence against us.

In this context, it is foolish for anyone concerned about LGBT freedom to be complacent about the danger that Dobson represents.

What you can do

1. We encourage all readers of this ad to contact the Museum of Broadcast Communications and ask them to rescind this award to one of America's leading haters. Send the message that it is irresponsible for any institution to promote a scapegoater of any minority. E-Mail the Museum of Broadcast Communications' Bruce Dumont, brucedumont@museum.tv

2. Express your 1st Amendment rights by protesting this disgusting award. The protest will be:

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 8th

at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel

1 W. Wacker Drive (Wacker and State).

Thank you.

For more information about this ad or the protest, email the Gay Liberation Network at LGBTliberation@aol.com, visit www.GayLiberation.net or www.DumpDobson.com


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