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2013: How GLAAD Won the Culture War and Lost Its Reason to Exist


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President Bill Clinton was garlanded as an "Advocate for Change," by GLAAD, one of the largest gay-rights organizations in the United States. This was quite an accomplishment for the man who signed the Defense of Marriage Act

This is a strange thing to say about a man who, during his presidency, moved the "march for equality" significantly backward, signing not only DOMA but the other, most significant piece of anti-gay legislation to emerge from Congress: the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," regulation barring homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces. The latter was repealed in 2011, while DOMA is the subject of a Supreme Court case likely to be decided this summer. Like his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose epiphany in favor of marriage equality conveniently arrived just weeks after departing Foggy Bottom (and, one presumes, with an eye toward the 2016 Democratic presidential primary), Clinton changed his tune after leaving office. Yet GLAAD was willing to forgive this damaging record and honor a man whose corrosive actions the gay movement has spent the past 15 years trying to undo.

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 Founded in 1985 as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- the group officially dropped this title in March, in recognition of its work on behalf of bisexual and transgender people, though it kept the acronym -- a major part of GLAAD's mission is to combat negative portrayals of gays in the media.

What a difference 25 years makes. Not only are media representations of gays plentiful, they are almost overwhelmingly positive;... As far as the mainstream media, movies, television, and popular music -- the monitoring of which is GLAAD's raison d'etre -- goes, homosexuality has gone from the love that dare not speak its name to the love that won't stop talking.

the change is real, and the fact that opponents of various gay-rights measures can no longer rely on "the ick factor" -- an instinctive revulsion to gay sex -- to argue their case is a definitive sign of the rapid progress gays have made in shaping the public consciousness about homosexuality.

The continued existence of an organization like GLAAD just feeds into a gay victim mentality that is, thankfully, anachronistic.

It's actually astounding his much has changed in the last 30 years. 

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