GLAAD blasts Ann Coulter for ‘disown your son day’ tweet

Conservative political commentator makes joke about family rejection of LGBT youth

GLAAD blasts Ann Coulter for ‘disown your son day’ tweet
16 October 2012 Print This Article

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday (16 October) blasted conservative political commentator Ann Coulter for tweeting that ‘last Thursday was national ‘coming out day.’ This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.

‘I know it’s a joke, but anything that adds to the idea that family rejection of LGBT young people is expected, or even ‘normal’ enough to be casually joked about, causes harm,’ responds Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s director of news and field media. ‘I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about.’

McQuade is firing back against Coulter attempt at Twitter humor with some grim statistics: Approximately 50% of LGBT youth experience some degree of family rejection. There are as many as 100 thousand homeless LGBT youth out on the streets in the US, and it’s estimated that LGBT youth make up as much as 40% of the nation’s homeless youth population.

In addition, LGBT youth who are completely rejected by their parents are also more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide.

It’s hardly the first time that Coulter has made an anti-gay comment. In 2007, she referred to then-Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a ‘faggot.’

Coulter is known for making outrageous statements, especially when she has a new book out. Her latest, Mugged, claims that racism in the US ended in the 60s.

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