Blog #1 – Nicole Rodriques
The New York Times, “Gay NY Teen’s Harassment Suit Gets Federal Notice”
On February 4, 2010, The New York Times published an online article by the Associated Press about a homosexual harassment case in Mohawk case. Jacob, an eighth grade student, is seeking to halt harassment with the filing of a lawsuit against the Mohawk school district with the New York Civil Liberties Union. The Department of Justice also asked to intervene with the suit considering that Jacob was denied equal protections guaranteed under the Constitution and “under Title IX, the antidiscrimination law affecting schools that receive federal funding.”
The Washington Post, “More Tolerance for gay troops as end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is debated”
On February 10, 2010, The Washington Post published an online article by Ernesto Londono about the lifting of “don’t ask, don’t tell” within the military. Soldiers and military officials have never had to outright say their sexual orientation, and even if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed, many say they would keep things the way they are. There is a fear of being looked at or their work being evaluated on a different level merely because of their sexual orientation.
DC Agenda, “LGBT Democrats defend Obama at DNC winter meeting”
On Febrary10, 2010, DC Agenda published an online article by Lou Chibbaro Jr. about the support of President Obama by a portion of the LGBT community. They are satisfied with his efforts over the past year in regards to the LGBT and queer movement in the United States, though Congress is reluctant, or “slow” to pass many queer-related bills.
The Advocate.com, “First Openly Gay man recommended for Federal Judge”
On February 9, 2010, The Advocate published an online article by Julie Bolcer about an openly gay man, Daniel Alter, recommended to be a Federal Judge for the first time in history. Senator Chuck Schumer recommends him beyond his qualifications as a judge, but to make history in a positive way.
Many sources, including conservation ones, publish queer/race news. The underlining “problem” however, is from the perspective in which it is being written. The primary difference between primarily queer publications and mainstream news publications go beyond the depth of queer/race news, but to whom it is broadcasted and exactly how queer news is depicted. Publications like the New York Times and Washington Post use the word “gay,” often the unwanted term of LGBT individuals, to portray its news both online and in print. On the other hand, queer friendly news uses the term “queer” in articles to exhibit what the majority of the LGBT community finds appropriate.
Therefore, I searched both Queer-related publications, as well as mainstream news publications to have significant data to compare and contrast. I selected these specific articles because of the breath of information and the way it is presented. The queer-related publications show queer-related news in a positive, forward-moving light in all aspects, whereas the mainstream news publications focus on the LGBT community with relation to the law. The effect queer/race understanding within the way it is written and what the articles are truly about. Most people do not read queer-related publications like The Advocate and The DC Agenda, but rather The New York Times and The Washington Post. This forces readers to have a very skewed perception of queer-related news and knowledge, only referring to it as “gay” news, and not the LGBT acceptable “queer.”