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The largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States has stripped Fox Company of its status as a preferred LGBTQ friendly employer and released a scathing statement condemning the network for its recent coverage of the LGBTQ community.
The move comes as FoxNews relentless attack disney for the company’s belated opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay” law and for the entertainment giant’s efforts to integrate the LGBTQ community into its films and other projects.
The right-wing chat network has in recent days portrayed Disney as a “creepy” company aimed at sexualizing young children and indoctrinating them with a radical LGBTQ agenda. That’s not to say that all comments were this explicit or fell under this umbrella. But the general tenor of network coverage has been in this vein.
Tucker-Carlsonthe channel’s top-rated host, even went so far as to suggest that a Disney executive was exhibiting “sex offender” behavior for efforts to represent LGBTQ lifestyles in different projects.
This extreme – frankly dark – rhetoric has prompted human rights campaign to penalize Fox Corp’s score. on its Corporate Equality Index, a status companies often strive to achieve. In fact, Fox Corp. previously boasted a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign as one of the “best places to work for LGBTQ equality.”
“I can confirm that Fox Corporation no longer has a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index,” Human Rights Campaign spox said. Aryne Fields told me on Friday. Fox was informed of the Human Rights Campaign’s decision via email early Friday afternoon…
In explaining the decision to strip Fox of his status, the Human Rights Campaign issued a scathing statement. “Fox News has a history of sharing misinformation and misinformation about the LGBTQ+ community,” Fields said. “We know from our own research, which we published earlier this week, what their misinformation and misinformation means for the LGBTQ+ community: perpetuating the stigma and marginalization of transgender and non-binary people. At a time when transgender people — especially transgender children — are under attack in state homes across the country, the rhetoric has real consequences.
“We can no longer allow Fox Corporation to maintain its score if Fox News personalities and contributors continue to deny the existence of transgender people, downplay the violence transgender people face, label parents as LGBTQ+ youth of perverting or equating LGBTQ+ diversity leaders and inclusion efforts with sex offenders,” Fields added. “Each of these actions occurred within the last 72 hours. Enough is enough.”
Fox Corp. do not comment on the question. But a Fox News spokesperson pointed out that the network had just hired Caitlyn Jenner as a contributor this week. The Fox News spokesperson also highlighted the benefits the company provides to members of the LGBTQ community…