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Naya Rivera To Host GLAAD Media Awards As 'Glee' Criticized For Being 'Too Gay'

Wed, May 4, 2011 2:25pm EDT by 5 Comments

The American Family Association accuses Glee of being too gay, likens it to “injection drug use!”

We are all huge Santana fans over here at, and are so thrilled that Naya Rivera has been chosen to host the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards on May 14! The actress, who plays a bi-sexual cheerleader on Glee, will take the stage in San Francisco on May 14, as the awards honor Sex and the City‘s Kim Cattrall and other media members who have spread awareness of the LGBT community. Glee has often tackled LGBT issues in its storylines, but now it is coming under fire for doing so.

Houston’s KRIV-FOX 26 aired a news segment discussing the gay characters on Glee in which Bryan Fischer, head of the American Family Association, said being gay “just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use.” He adds that being gay “bears enormous psychological and physical risks.”

GLAAD is outraged about Mr. Fischer’s comments, and released a statement in response: “Fox Houston should not only apologize and correct the misinformation in the segment, but it needs to think twice before elevating hurtful messages and anti-gay attitudes. Today a vast majority of Americans support gay and lesbian youth, who still too often face bullying and discrimination. Fox Houston needs to send a clear message to young viewers that it is okay to be who you are.”

What do you think of Mr. Fischer’s comments? Have you ever thought Glee has gone over-the-top with its gay storylines? Or do you think it is making people more aware and providing understanding to LGBT issues in our society? Lastly, what do you think of Naya as the GLAAD Media host? Let us know in your comments!

Lorena O’Neil