Thursday, June 08, 2023

You Probably Never Heard Of Them.

Probably most of you haven’t heard of Poynter. Well it is a school of journalism
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a non-profit journalism school and research organization in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. The school is the owner of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and the International Fact-Checking Network. It also operates PolitiFact.
It is looked to as news about journalist.

The first article that caught my attention was…
The light blue, pink and white colors featured in the new and popular progress pride flag represent the transgender community.
By: Grace Abels
June 6, 2023

We get it. Keeping up with all the pride flags can be a challenge sometimes.

But this viral TikTok got it really wrong.

The video, shared on Facebook, shows a man standing in front of a large mural of the progress pride flag. In it, he claims that the added colors of white, light blue and pink stand for “minor-attracted persons or youth-attracted persons, the pedophile flag.”

The man in the video goes on to explain that the pink represents attraction to infant girls, the light blue stands for attraction to infant boys and the white “stands for attraction to virgin children.”

The Facebook post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

The claim is wrong. Those colors are an attempt to incorporate the transgender pride flag into the more traditional rainbow flag.


The colors do not represent attraction to children.

The progress pride flag featured in the video, which includes a triangle on the left side with five new colors, was created by artist Daniel Quasar in 2018. It was an attempt to build upon the Philadelphia pride flag, which added black and brown stripes for people of color.

“The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new chevron shape,” wrote Quasar on his website. “The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the hoist edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”
The right-wingers lie! Surprise, surprise! They will say and do anything to to stir up anger against us. The article I think was meant to clue-in reporters to the truth.

The other article from them is…
Journalism has an enormous ability to shape public opinion about queer people, as its troubled history with the community has shown.
By: Nora Neus
June 1, 2023

A year-old viral tweet from lesbian playwright Claire Willett has again been making the rounds on social media. It makes a simple ask: “for pride month this year can straight people focus less on ‘love is love’ and more on ‘queer and trans people are in danger.’”

There’s a reason the message resonates this year. As Pride month begins in June, lawmakers are considering more than 450 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in statehouses across the country. States like Florida have passed laws even criminalizing parts of Pride celebrations, like Senate Bill 1438, which essentially bans children from attending events with drag performers.

How should journalists cover Pride in all its multi-purpose glory — a celebration, a protest, a performance, an opportunity for education, and a show of solidarity — in a year when queer and trans rights are under coordinated attack?


Journalists have an enormous ability to shape public opinion about queer people, a responsibility that the profession has failed to fulfill throughout history. From “penny papers” at the turn of the 20th century that peddled embellished or false crime stories about gender diverse and queer people, to papers of record like The New York Times dismissing the early signs of the AIDS epidemic in headlines like “RARE CANCER SEEN IN 41 HOMOSEXUALS,” the news media has a troubled history of representing the queer community. Shoddy coverage of the LGBTQ+ community only reinforces the negative stereotypes that lead to laws like these being passed.
When I was interviewed during the hearings on the gender inclusive non-discrimination bill we tried to tell the reporter to check the AP Stylebook first on the use of pronouns, we finally got through to him. And like that reporter many other reporters don’t do their homework first, they don’t have a clue about us. They are just as ignorant as the “man-on-the-street” so they need guidance and that is where Poynter comes in.
The new colors in the progress pride flag are meant to be inclusive of transgender people. It was not created to celebrate adults who are attracted to children. We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
My pet peeve are the photos that make into the articles… they are mostly of drag queens and usually the most over-the-top drag queens.

Any photos of the families marching… nope. Any photos of the church groups matching… nope. Any photos of straight looking LGBTQ+ people marching… nope. Any photos of seniors marching... nope.

 There are some media outlets that show other people at Pride, they are usually in the more progressive areas of the country and some may even surprise you. The local Fox station Channel 61 has good coverage of us. I was on their Sunday morning talk show and it was done very good, well a progressive station Sunday morning talk show kept hammering me on trans athletes and not about all the other purposed legislation.


  1. "It makes a simple ask: “for pride month this year can straight people focus less on ‘love is love’ and more on ‘queer and trans people are in danger.’”
    Come on here now. We must ask the same question of LGBT folks. I have never in my life, a long one as a activist seen so much fluff, trinkets, and stupidity coming from the LGBT tribe. As a political queer I want to leave the tribe. As I said in another comment, where were the protest signs and fists in the air at Middletown Pride. ALL IS NOT OK!! Close to none. All fluff and trinkets and sweatshop flags. Someone is leading the movement wrong and I hope that it isn't in the hands of the straight LGBT folks and their allies. Remember folks we could be one election away from losing our rights here in Ct. The neo-fascists are here and they are not the kinder gentler type either.

  2. Richard Nelson6/8/23, 1:22 PM

    P.S I think I forgot to put my name on the last comment made to this posting. I am Richard Nelson. I would also like to add that, "isn't it part of the job of the fascist to lie and distort the truth? Look how the Nazi's portrayed the Jewish people. The uneducated and the educated fall for it.