[UPDATED] Anti-Trans Radio Show Dropped From SiriusXM!

Transadvocate, USA

June 7, 2013
by Cristan Williams

UPDATE: I just received a statement from Clear Channel! See below…

On June 3rd – just days into Pride Month
<http://www.whitehou se.gov/the- press-office/ 2013/05/31/ presidential- proclamation- lgbt-pride- month>
– the Clear Channel radio show Lex and Terry, broadcast by SiriusXM,
began discussing the gay/trans panic issues
<http://www.transadv ocate.com/ siriusxm- broadcasts- support-for- trans-murder. htm>
saying, There’s a teen that shot a tranny after finding out that it
was a man after they had a little sexual encounter. A co-host
responded, I don’t blame him. I would have shot his ass too.

[Audio <http://soundcloud. com/cristan- williams/ lexandterry06031 3> ]

The gay/trans “panic” defense is when a jury is asked to find that a
victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the
defendant’s violent reaction. The perpetrator claims that the victim’s
sexual orientation or gender identity not only explain – but excuse –
their loss of self-control and subsequent assault of an LGBT
individual. By fully or partially acquitting the perpetrators of
crimes against LGBT victims, these defenses imply that LGBT lives are
worth less than others.

Today, I was notified by the SiriusXM Senior Vice President of
Communications, Patrick Reilly that Lex and Terry show had been pulled
from the SiriusXM network. “As you may already be aware, the Lex and
Terry show is no longer on XM. The show was dropped yesterday,
Thursday, from the Extreme Talk channel on XM. That’s the channel
under the control of Clear Channel.”

I contacted GLAAD and requested their assistance in dealing with this
issue. Moments ago, GLAAD published the following statement
<http://www.glaad. org/blog/ radio-hosts- lex-and-terry- apologize- trans-murder- comment>
:

Syndicated radio hosts Lex and Terry <http://www.lexandte rry.com/>
say they will make a formal apology and have promised to work with
GLAAD and transgender advocates to address the issue of anti-trans
violence on the air, following an anti-transgender incident that
occurred on their program earlier this week.

We thank SiriusXM for its swift and decisive action on this
matter. Clear Channel, which carries the show on its IHeartRadio
network (and the show is produced at a Clear Channel station in
Dallas) has yet to make a public statement about these comments, and
they must do so. A petition asking Clear Channel to stand up for the
transgender community and denounce the comments made on the air by Lex
and Terry can be found here
<https://www. change.org/ petitions/ clear-channel- issue-formal- apology-for- radio-hosts- who-advocated- murdering- trans-people>
.

On Friday, GLAAD spoke with an agent for the show, who said that
the hosts now understood the severity of the incident and the harm
that statements like this can (and do) cause, and that a formal
apology from the hosts would be forthcoming. Lex and Terry will also
work with GLAAD and members of the transgender advocacy community on a
way to meaningfully address the issue of anti-transgender violence on
the air. We do not yet know the contents of the apology.

I deeply appreciate SiriusXM’s handling of this situation. They were
quick to reach out and work with the community. Their quick response
sends a powerful message to both the public and media alike. My
takeaway is that for SiriusXM, anti-trans hate is not tolerated.

While I am happy to that the show itself will issue an apology soon,
as of the time of this post, Clear Channel itself (unlike SiriusXM)
has chosen to remain silent on the matter of their show’s support for
transgender murder. If you’ve not done so, please add your name to a
Change.org petition
<https://www. change.org/ petitions/ clear-channel- issue-formal- apology-for- radio-hosts- who-advocated- murdering- trans-people>
demanding that Clear Channel.

UPDATE

Statement from Clear Channel:

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment does not condone the comment
independently made by Lex & Terry regarding transgender individuals.
United Stations Radio Networks <http://www.unitedst ations.com/> ,
which produces and syndicates the Lex & Terry Show, has been notified.
The comment was thoughtless and unacceptable and we sincerely
apologize to anyone who was offended by their remarks.

– Angel Aristone, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Communications at Clear Channel Radio

http://www.transadv ocate.com/ anti-trans- radio-show- dropped-from- siriusxm. htm

 

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