KRXQ Statement on Encouraging Violence Against Transgender Youth

KRXQ of the “Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show” in Sacramento has published a statement on the front page of their website.  They will make their formal statement and apology on the air this Thursday at 7:30 am (Pacific Time, I assume). 

An excerpt of their statement:

WE HAVE FAILED YOU. AS A SHOW, AS PEOPLE, AS BROADCASTERS, WE HAVE SIMPLY FAILED ON ALMOST EVERY LEVEL.

WE PRESENTED OUR OPINIONS ON A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT IN A HATEFUL, CHILDISH AND CRUDE FASHION; AND THEN, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THOSE REMARKS, WE DEFENDED THEM….

See the rest at http://www.krxq.net/

A fairly humble and appropriately chagrined statement, I’m curious to hear what they say this Thursday.

When transpeople and allies come out against violence, we are saying that the time is over where gender variance is an easy target.  It is also important to consider the impact on youth.  When youth hear statements like those made by Rob & Arnie, they often feel doomed to be hated by the world including the people upon whom they rely the most: Their parents.  However, when there is an outcry against remarks like Rob & Arnie’s and youth hear an apology that can also be very powerful.  To hear someone with as much clout as a radio DJ say “I was wrong” means a lot.  It means that even if other adults say cruel or ignorant things, they could be wrong too.  This apology is heavy with importance.  I hope that Rob and Arnie take the opportunity to make this gesture powerful for all those trans youth who are waiting to hear “I was wrong.”

Meanwhile, thank you to all of those who blogged about the issue, called the radio station and even just informed others.  Thanks to the advertisers, Snapple, Chipotle,  Sonic, Bank of America, Wells Fargo & AT&T who were amongst those who pulled advertising in protest to the anti-trans remarks (as reported by GLAAD)

Below is just a very small collection of the terrific blogs and their statements and reactions. These blogs and others helped spread the word very quickly.  When you stop by, be sure to thank them.

The Daily Kos

The GLAAD Blog

TransGriot

Gendersaurus Rex

Alas! A Blog

Bird of Paradox

Like a Whisper

Thank you!

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One response to “KRXQ Statement on Encouraging Violence Against Transgender Youth

  1. thanks for letting us know they finally wrote an apology. I will try to listen to the on-air broadcast and link to it as I did in my second post on the issue you linked to.

    Interestingly, Arnie said he would quit if “forced to apologize” so we’ll see what happens next.

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