The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is calling for people to wear purple in support of LGBT youth after conservative columnist Ann Coulter joked that “Disown Your Son Day” should follow last week’s “National Coming Out Day.”
In a post to Twitter earlier Tuesday morning, Coulter wrote, “Last Thursday was national ‘coming out’ day. This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.”
Out of the dozens of people responding on Twitter, not one seemed to find any humor in Coulter’s joke.
“You realize that people commit suicide because of comments like this right?” DoSomething.org Chief Marketing Officer Naomi Hirabayashi asked.
“Gay kids 4 times more likely to attempt suicide. 8 if rejected by parents. Way to go being human Ann!” Dino tweeted.
GLAAD’s Aaron McQuade suggested that Coulter’s remark could be used as an opportunity to talk about how families are now more likely to embrace their LGBT sons and daughters.
“There was a time in our culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country,” McQuade wrote. “Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of “therapy” to rid themselves of their orientation.”
“And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about,” he added. “LGBT youth who are completely rejected by their parents are more than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide. Pretty funny, right?”
“But the idea of family rejection is one that does deserve serious attention as a society. Go purple on Friday, not just to show LGBT young people that you support them, but to show Ann Coulter what you stand for.”
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