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News - March 1996

GLAAD alarmed by hate web sites on Net

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) reports the proliferation of Web sites devoted to hate and anti-gay rhetoric is alarming. The Radical Right, White Supremacists and the Neo-Nazis are among the top groups posting misleading information about the gay and lesbian community on the Internet, the organization says.

"Such obvious hatred being transmitted via a public forum like the Internet is a blatant example of how easy it is to marginalize a group of people in an attempt to make them appear inferior," said Loren Javier, GLAAD's Director of Information Systems.

"One Web site entitled, 'Intolerance of, Discrimination Against, and the Death Penalty for Homosexuals is Prescribed in the Bible,' is a venomous attack on the gay community. It is distressing when "pro-family" quasi-religious groups like the American Family Association post articles and pamphlets in the form of educational material which in fact threaten the existence of lesbians and gay men. Both produce the same results - fear, hatred and intolerance."

GLAAD is researching and monitoring the Internet and maintains a list of URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) that link hate sites. "We are also attempting to quantify the increase in violence acts against lesbians and gay men and an increase in the availability of hate materials from groups that maintain these Web pages," he said.

According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, there has been close to a 100 percent increase nationally in anti-gay homicides between 1992 and 1994. Anti-violence projects nationwide also report an increase in other acts of violence against lesbian and gay men.

"The spread of hatred is reaching epidemic proportions and now has a much wider audience because of the Internet," Javier said. "GLAAD is opposed to censorship in any form, but these kind of lies and misinformation cause extensive damage and that raises our concern. Whenever anyone attempts to justify discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation, it gives a green light to those individuals who think nothing wrong of acting on their impulses. Calling for a death penalty for all homosexuals is but one extreme example," he said.

Examples of extremist materials available via the Internet include "Homosexuality in America: Exposing the Myths," "The Homosexual Lie," "The True Objective of 'Gay Rights': Total Domination!," "Homosexual Groups: Organized Sex Perverts on the March," "Homosexual Practices: Self-Loathing In Action," "Homosexuals: A Clear and Present Danger to our Children," "The Gay Agenda," "AIDS and God's Wrath!," and "The Homosexual Threat."

Groups that consistently post anti-gay rhetoric on their Web sites include the American Family Association, Skinheads USA, The Christian Coalition, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, American Life League, Aryan Nations, The Creators Rights Party, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, The Constitution Action Party, Promise Keepers, Stormfront White Nationalists, The Family Research Council, National Alliance and Christian Leadership Ministries, The Constitution Action Party, the 700 Club, Exodus International and the Rutherford Institute.

For a more complete list of hate web sites or to report a new hate site, contact Loren Javier at javier@glaad.org.

GLAAD is a national organization that promotes fair, accurate and inclusive representation of individuals and events in the media as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.


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