More backlash at CNN for Kyra Phillips segment asking: ‘Homosexuality, Is it a problem in need of a cure?’

GLAAD has entered the fray and CNN continues to FAIL:

After extensive conversations with CNN producers and publicity representatives yesterday afternoon and following our blog and twitter action, CNN called GLAAD in the evening, telling us they had received numerous complaints about the segment and inviting us to appear on this morning’s broadcast with Kyra Phillips to discuss our concerns. GLAAD then scheduled a representative to go on CNN but received a phone call from the network at 7 A.M. today telling us they had decided to cancel the segment. They also issued this statement:

“By bringing this story to the fore, we engage various advocates from all sides. This story does not end here and CNN will continue to explore other views and positions.” -CNN

Just like the segment itself, CNN’s statement misses the mark and provides no explanation for its actions. GLAAD urges you to help us hold the network accountable.

CNN just doesn’t get how horrible the segment was. In 2010, a major news network anchor asked: “Homosexuality, Is it a problem in need of a cure?” By even asking that question, CNN bought into the right wing’s lies about gay people. And, most of us gays don’t think of ourselves as a problem in need of a cure.

Aren’t there any gay people at CNN who can provide insight to their colleagues? Anderson Cooper???

Kyra Phillips — and her network — owe us an apology. Still waiting.


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