Subject: Call to Action: Call on Clear Channel to Take Responsibility for Jim Quinn’s Pattern of Ugly, Defamatory Attacks Against the LGBT Community

Syndicated radio host perpetuates myth that “Pedophilia is far more rampant among the gay community than it is among the straight community.”

July 29, 2010- On the July 28 edition of Clear Channel’s nationally syndicated radio program The War Room with Quinn & Rose, host Jim Quinn made defamatory anti-gay comments while discussing a federal case in which a jury ruled that the city of Philadelphia could not bar a Boy Scouts chapter from city-owned property despite the organization’s anti-gay policy.

During the conversation Quinn said: “You don’t send gay men and young boys out together, okay?” Quinn’s co-host Rose Tennent responded: “Most gay men have nothing to do with the young boys. Make sure that you understand that.”  But Quinn went on to insist: “But I would give you that pedophilia is far more rampant among the gay community than it is among the straight community.”

The hosts continued to “debate” the topic for nearly three minutes.


Contact Clear Channel
GLAAD urges you to contact Clear Channel Communications and demand that the company stop supporting these rampant, defamatory attacks on gay people’s lives.

Clear Channel is failing to live up to its diversity standards that clearly state: “Our ZERO TOLERANCE policy that prohibits discrimination extends beyond our employees, into each and every market in which we conduct business.” It is time for Clear Channel to stop enabling Jim Quinn’s troubling pattern of on-air abuse that creates a hostile climate and puts our community in harm’s way.

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