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3 comments | Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I guess the old saying "better late than never" can definitely be applied to a new round of public service announcements created by gettoknowusfirst.org currently running in urban and rural markets in California in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8.

The ads ran on broadcast and cable channels during the Presidential Inauguration and will continue through the spring.

The No on 8 Campaign was heavily criticized during the aftermath of Prop 8 for not reaching out to communities of color and f particularly for not showing actual gay and lesbian couples in their television ads.

The black gay couple who also has a rather large family is shown playing basketball with their kids, praying before enjoying dinner, and helping their daughter with her homework. They also speak about meeting for the first time in church and realizing they were destined to be together.

Yesterday one of the ads ran in 42 of the state's 56 counties before, during and after the Inauguration telecast but KABC TV in Glendale, California refused to run the ad. According to a press release from the organization, KABC deemed it "too controversial" to run during the Inauguration, as "many families will be watching".

This family isn't any different than most families. And when are the powers that be going to realize that "family" in this country consists of more than the Leave It To Beaver ideal of the 50's?


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

awesome awesome post. while i agree timiliness is not the greatest...but with the agenda outlined for our president's term...maybe now is the time. that is also assuming priority and realization of those agenda items. the more others see us, the more they have to really wake up and pay attention. or maybe i'm just always an idealist.

January 21, 2009 3:21 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

no ure not an idealist CPA Doc. Its just the way it is. Get to know us is a great strategy for those people who are opposing same sex couples and their families. Excellent.

January 21, 2009 9:09 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have of the pleasure of knowing Michael & Xavier. They will be doing amazing things for our community in 09

January 23, 2009 3:02 AM


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