The LGBTQ advocacy group PFLAG National has rescinded Joy Ann Reid’s allyship award in light of Mediaite‘s report on newly unearthed homophobic posts from the MSNBC pundit’s old blog.
While Reid was slated to accept PFLAG’s Straight for Equality in Media award next month at the organization’s 45th anniversary celebration, the group opted to take back the offer after dozens of blog posts from The Reid Report containing anti-gay material were uncovered by an Internet sleuth.
However, Reid, who apologized in December for writing homophobic posts in 2007, 2008, and 2009 about Congressman Charlie Crist, claims she did not write these newly unearthed entries from The Reid Report. Instead, she alleges nefarious actors planted them to damage her reputation — an unverified claim that has been questioned by many media figures.
The content of the posts range from criticizing gay marriage to expressing discomfort “at the sight of two men kissing,” among other homophobic and anti-gay remarks.
“PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their families, and allies—has rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media award to political analyst Joy Reid,” stated the organization’s president Jean Hodges in response to Mediaite’s inquiry about the award.
“When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist,” continued Hodges. “We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally.”
Hodges concluded by stating, “in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information” the organization “must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.”
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