Over the weekend lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists of Caribbean descent lead a protest against a New York radio station owned by Clear Channel for its intended broadcast of a reggae concert that featured homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer. Thanks to their efforts the broadcast was canceled.
I mention who it was lead by because this weekend I read several online media accounts attributing the cancellation to who else—The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation otherwise known as GLAAD.
And I quote:
"A New York radio station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel has announced it will not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.
The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of tomorrow’s Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer are to perform."
As far as I know from all of the many emails sent to me regarding this event and from one of the protest organizers/participants Stacyann Chin who I spoke to when she was here in Los Angeles, this protest was lead by LGBT persons of Caribbean descent and African-Americans and their supporters.
While I think it’s great that other organizations got on the bandwagon and offered their support and resources, it is simply untrue and frankly not fair to give the credit to anyone other than the LGBT Caribbean and African-American community on this victory. I mean, honestly, without their efforts none of it would have been possible. It is precisely these types of offenses that fuel tension within the LGBT community and gives us yet another reason not to support certain organizations.
Kudos to New York’s LGBT West Indian community and Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and People of Color in Crisis for leading this successful protest and getting the broadcast canceled. Don’t get it twisted.