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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:31 PM
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Newspaper agrees to run watered-down ad promoting gay event
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 11:37 PM by kweerwolf
An advertisement for a gay awareness event in Knoxville called "Come Out Knoxville" has caused a controversy.

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The original ad purchased by the Rainbow Community Awareness Project to appear in the Fountain City Focus contained the words "gay" and "lesbian" printed several times.

The ad said "Come Out Knoxville, a national coming out day celebration." It included a listing of the bands playing and the address of the organization's Web site.

The ad the newspaper agreed to run has all the language referencing gay and lesbian removed.

Instead, it contains just one picture of an artist and a listing of where and when the event is taking place.

http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=3918512&nav=0RYv

Holy shit! Won't it be funny with some family shows up with their kids thinking they are taking them to a concert and come face-to-face with assorted drag queens, leathermen, a contingent of Dykes on Bikes, and assorted "abominations" ... all because the newspaper was too embarassed to mention it's a ... (whispering) gee ... aye ... why event?
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:47 AM
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1. I'd have taken my business elsewhere
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 12:47 AM by rocknation
One gay/lesbian reference would have been a compromise. None is abomination. Did they get a discount, at least?

:headbang:
rocknation
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kbm8795 Donating Member (337 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 02:30 PM
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2. We should flood this paper with letters
questioning their ability to be treated as an outlet for community journalism.
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