A prominent LGBTQ group, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), has rescinded a major award they planned to give to MSNBC commentator Joy Ann Reid, honoring her commitment to speaking out in favor of LGBTQ rights.
The group announced the move in a a statement to Mediaite, the organization that originally discovered a series of homophobic blog posts, allegedly written by Reid in the early 2000s, about then-Congressman Charlie Crist, singer Clay Aiken, and fellow journalist Anderson Cooper, and defending an NBC player who made openly homophobic comments.
PFLAG had planned to award Reid the "Straight for Equality in Media" prize at its 45th anniversary event, and even said that, up until yesterday, they felt secure in their decision. After all, PFLAG noted, Reid initially apologized and admitted to a change in viewpoint, something PFLAG encourages.
Yesterday, though, Reid began claiming that someone had "hacked" into her blog archives and placed the problematic content there among her posts from 2007 and 2008. One Reid ally even suggested the "hack" was part of a complex strategy to discredit Reid, perhaps even organized by the Russians (no, really).
PFLAG had enough.
PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their families, and allies—today has rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media award to political analyst Joy Reid.
Said PFLAG National president Jean Hodges, “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. 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. However, in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, we must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.”
Prominent leftists on social media are still sticking by Ms. Reid, though, refusing to give up on her bizarre "hacking" theory.