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*Tampa Bay Community Not Speechless Over Homophobic Infomercial. Florida Bilerico Project 7/22/09
*RED FLAG PROTEST Against WFLA For Airing Homophobic Infomercial Articles, Photos & Videos.
*Protest of WFLA Channel 8 in Tampa July 15 (5:15) jhead1994
*Gay Rights Advocates Protest Outside WFLA H8. Tampa Bay 10
*Gay Rights Activists Protest WFLA News Channel 8 (5:28) WFLA Ch 8 
*Media General Execs Not Gay Inclusive, Says Former Writer. On Top Magazine
*My Former Employer Made An Indefensible Decision By Running "Speechless," Daily Dave 3.0
*Hundreds Protest Airing Of Anti-Gay Infomercial. On Top Magazine
*Protesters Slam Tampa TV Station Over Anti-Gay Infomercial. Edge Boston.
*Florida Activists Tab Infomercial Anti-Gay. United Press International
*More Than 100 Protest News Channel ‘H8′ In Gay-Rights Rally In Tampa. Creative Loafing
*Rights Groups Protest Outside News Channel 8. Tampa Tribune
*WFLA Target Of Protests. My Fox Tampa Bay
*Demonstrators Protest Anti-Gay-Rights Program Aired By WFLA-Ch. 8. St Petersburg Times
*Group to Protest WFLA CH 8 for Airing Homophobic Infomercial. Bilerico Project
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"June Articles 6/22/09 - 6/30/09"
*Help Decide Next Steps: How Should We Hold WFLA Accountable for Homophobic Programming? Equality Florida
*WFLA Should Have Seen The Red Flags Over Anti-Gay Program. St Petersburg Time
*TAKE ACTION ALERT: Tampa Bay Channel 8 to Air Homophobic Infomercial Tonight. Equality Florid
*WFLA/NewsChannel 8 Slated To Air Anti-Gay Infomercial Tonight After St. Pete Pride. Creative Loafing
*American Family Association's "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Is Back. Pam's House Blend
*Anti-Gay Infomercial Resurfaces In North Carolina And California. GLAAD
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'News Articles 2/9/09 - 2/12/09'
*Religious Right Lashes Out With Virulently Anti-Gay Infomercial. Edge Boston
*As Seen On TV. Huffington Post
*GLAAD Supports Local Activists’ Successful Efforts to Prevent Anti-Gay TV Program from Airing. GLAAD
*WOOD TV Cancels Offer To Air Controversial One-Hour Ad On 'Radical Homosexual Agenda' Grand Rapids Press
*American Family Association Buys Airtime On Local Broadcast Affiliates. GLAAD
*WOOD-TV Considers Airing Paid Program Decrying 'Radical Homosexual Agenda'. Grand Rapids Press
*'Victimized' AFA Launches Anti-Gay 'Silencing Christians' Web Site And Video. Pam's House Blend
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'News Articles 2/9/09 - 2/11/09'
*'Speechless' Offer Rescinded, Producers Did Not Respond. Wood-TV 2/11/09
*'Speechless' Elicits Strong Reaction, Viewers Call, E-Mail. Wood-TV 2/10/09
*'Speechless' To Air At Later Date, Paid Program Scheduled For Monday. Wood-TV 2/9/09
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WFLA Choose to Air Homophobic Program 'Speechless: Silencing the Christians' Outraged Citizens Protested At Station, More Actions to Follow, So Check Back
WFLA Channel H8 'Red Flag Protest' Ends With Gathering In Front of Station (00:53) Scott Campbell
'Media Advisoty - Press Releases'
Media Advisory
June 13, 2009
Brian Winfield, Equality Florida Communications Director, (727) 488-7799
R. Zeke Fread, Director Pride Tampa Bay, 813-251-0693 Home 813-367-6791 Cell


WHAT: A Press Conference and "Red Flag Rally" to protest NBC Channel 8 affiliate WFLA's decision to air a hateful and dishonest infomercial attacking gay people and our families. WFLA took money in exchange for airing a harmful, anti-gay infomercial that demonized the gay community and was paid for by the American Family Association, a rabidly anti-gay organization.

While stations in other parts of the country have rejected this propaganda and its lies, cash strapped Media General, WFLA's parent company threw ethics out the window for a reported $35,000.

WHEN: Press Conference at 5 PM, with rally to follow at 5:30.

WHERE: Media General’s Head Quarters, 200 South Parker Street, Tampa

WHO: Fair-minded people willing to stand up to hateful anti-gay attacks.

Equality Florida is Florida’s only statewide human rights organization dedicated to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Through education and advocacy, the organization is committed to building a state of equal rights for all Floridians, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Pride Tampa Bay is a GLBT Grassroots Activist Organization. Dedicate to The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights Movement and Struggle For Our Equal Benefits, Protections and Rights.

'Calls to Take Action & Action Alerts'
July 12, 2009

Demonstration/Protest Of WFLA CH 8 For Airing Homophobic Infomercial

What: A peaceful demonstration to protest Media General's anti-gay programming.

Who: Pride Tampa Bay, Boycott WFLA News Channel 8 Facebook Group, Equality Florida,, Impact Florida, Hillsborough County GLBT Democratic Caucus, Securing Our Children's Rights, Join the Impact, Outings & Adventures, and many other community organizations committed to fairness and equality for all Floridians.  Fair-minded people willing to stand up to hateful anti-gay attacks.

Where: Media General HQ-  202 S Parker St Tampa, FL 33606-2395

When:  July 15th - 4:30 P.M. Press Conference, followed by a 5:30 P.M. Demonstration

On a day designed to celebrate the local diversity of our community, WFLA News Channel 8 was paid to air “Speechless: Silencing the Christians”, a one hour misinformation piece reflecting views that incite harm and hate against our citizens.  The airing of this infomercial coincided with the celebration of St. Petersburg Pride as well as the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which as you know began our journey to full equality.  Hundreds of calls and emails were in protest to WFLA News Channel 8 unfortunately our concerns went ignored.  What is at question here is not the Freedom of Speech or the Freedom of Religion, what is at question if the ethics of their actions and the lack of concern they have for our families, friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay.

When asked about airing the program, WFLA’s Manager John Scheuler stated they usually don’t screen for content, but that they didn’t think this program was hateful or vitriolic however he added that those who "chose the homosexual lifestyle might be upset by the strident tone".  The lack of concern in airing that infomercial was repugnant and it is clear now that WFLA chose to increase their bottom line instead of care for this community.

Other stations around this great nation recognized the hateful message crafted into this infomercial and chose NOT to air it.  Even after our pleas to not air this propaganda, WFLA chose to ignore the will of concerned citizens.  We the citizens of Tampa Bay refuse to allow this company to railroad us into accepting their actions.  We ask that all fair minded people stand with us and let your voices be heard and stand with us against the unethical actions of WFLA and their parent company Media General.

Contact Scott Campbell, scsmc7@gmail.com, phone 727-455-3065 Cell or R. Zeke Fread, Director Pride Tampa Bay. pridetb@verizon.net, Home: 813-251-0693. Cell: 813-367-6792.

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Equality Florida

WFLA Homophobic TV Program: Help Decide the Next Steps

Protest at the studio? Reach out to advertisers? Boycott?

Over the past few days we've gotten tons of email from our members suggesting next steps as our community responds to the airing of the reckless, homophobic program on WFLA in Tampa.
This has become a statewide and nationwide issue as anti-gay extremists shop this hateful infomercial around. Many have rejected the program as blatantly and dangerously bigoted. Others, including Tampa's NBC affiliate have cashed the $35,000 check without a concern for the harm inflicted on the gay community.

More than 1,800 of our supporters have contacted the station condemn the airing of the program "Silencing the Christians".

How Should We Hold WFLA Accountable for Homophobic Programming?

Help Decide Next Steps

Take Our Survey and Tell Us What You Think

WFLA is hoping we will move on to other issues so they can go back to business as usual.

What do you say?

Help Decide the next steps in responding to WFLA's anti-gay programming.

Click here to take our survey: https://indigo501.wufoo.com/forms/please-let-us-know-how-you-feel/

The results of our survey will be discussed on our Statewide Online Town Hall, Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. Complete the survey and you'll automatically recieve the details on how to join us Thusday night.

Also, join in the discussion on our blog. http://eqfl.blogspot.com/

Here's a recent post by our Communication's Director Brian Winfield.
Equality Florida Blog
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Posted July 1, 2009

Over the last several days, Equality Florida has received a few emails suggesting that our recent efforts - condemning Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA's screening of a homophobic infomercial - amount to censorship.

We could not disagree more.

Equality Florida would vigorously defend the American Family Association's (AFA) RIGHT to say what they want. Only government can take rights away, and we would strongly oppose, let alone advocate for government limiting AFA's ability to speak.

The First Amendment does not, however, require a television station to air absolutely anything if someone is willing to pay for it. Every broadcast company in the nation has standards for content and they vet that content all the time.

If an advertiser pulls their funding from a show because of the content, are they censoring that show and denying someone their freedom of speech? Of course not. They are simply making a business decision to not associate with the content of that show. Likewise, WFLA, a business, constantly makes decisions about what content it will and wont allow on its network.

As the St. Petersburg Times recently editorialized, in part:

"...The film criticizes efforts to allow gay people to serve in the military, to teach school children that homosexuality is acceptable and to pass laws preventing employers from discriminating against gay people.

If you were to substitute the words black or Hispanic for the word gay in the film, it's a safe bet that someone at WFLA would have raised a red flag, to use Pumo's words.

Could anyone, for example, imagine WFLA airing a documentary decrying "propaganda techniques to manipulate people into accepting the interracial lifestyle?" (replace the word "interracial" with "homosexual" and you have an actual line from Silencing Christians)."

We believe WFLA made a terrible decision that did real harm to the Tampa Bay community and they should apologize. They aired a one-sided show that was factually inaccurate and advocated for dangerous "reparative therapy" as a "treatment" for gay people.Let's be clear. This show does harm to communities. The dehumanizing rhetoric used throughout the 60 minute broadcast is exactly the type a catalyst for increased anti-gay hate violence, especially perpetrated by impressionable young men.When Ryan Skipper, a young gay Polk County man, was killed in 2007, his killers drove around and bragged to friends that they had killed a "fag." They were shocked that they weren't embraced as heroes. At the time, we asked ourselves "In what world did these young men live that it was okay to harm, even kill someone because of who they are?" It is shows like the one WFLA broadcast - at 7PM on a Saturday - that create a world in which anti-gay violence is at least perceived to be acceptable within a community.

That's our position. What do you think? Take our survey:  https://indigo501.wufoo.com/forms/please-let-us-know-how-you-feel/,
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Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ootrp7KSZDg.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpwIUc-QlnU.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i__i83YZnw.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdq67e_wjc.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzNZ8tGbTDc.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ-5ZzJqv7I.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians PT 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycoz8DCcWic
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City Councilmam John Dingfelder
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Gathering in Front of WFLA Ch H8 at End of Protest
Lynn Mulder, Ryan Skipper's Father
Cathy James, Securing Our Children's Rights
R. Zeke Fread Pride Tampa Bay
Nading Smith Equality Florida
Message for WFLA Ch H8
Carrie West Gaybor Business District Coalition
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