L.I.D. Statement Regarding Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden Attempt to Remove Advertising for L Word From Bus Stations in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) has written to the New York City Department of Transportation Division of Franchises, Concessions and Consents, to object to the placement of an advertisement for the Showtime series, "The L Word" at a Bay Ridge bus stop shelter. He claims that he wants to protect children from images of sex and violence.

If his actions were truly about decency and protecting children, L.I.D. would be on board. However, this is yet another blatant attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This is an ad for a top rated mainstream television series. If the ad were for UPN's America's Next Top Model, I am sure he would have no objection. The Senator's real objection is to the content of the show, which depicts lesbian characters. The Senator is once again pushing his right wing Republican agenda to oppress the LGBT community from being treated equal to those of any other New Yorker.

Furthermore, at a time when the MTA is reporting budget deficits and is increasing fares, it is deplorable that the Senator would try to eliminate viable revenue streams in order to promote his own homophobia. However, we are grateful that the Senator is calling attention to this campaign. Additional attention to this media campaign will help increase the number of viewers, which will inevitably lead to a better understanding of the lesbian community.

It is unfortunate that the Senator's views are not more aligned with the majority of Brooklynites, who pride themselves on the diversity of the greatest city in the world.

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