Bank of America is the 4th sponsor to pull advertising on KRXQ.
I just got this in response to my email (CKE owns Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s):
Dear Concerned Reader,
Thank you for your email. We have pulled all of our ads from KXRQ. We did this as soon as the matter was brought to our attention.
We appreciate your concern and thank you for contacting CKE Restaurants on this matter.
CKE, Public Relations
What these guys said on the air made me sink to a pretty low low. Learning about these sponsers pulling their ads is raising me right back up! I am loving this too!
This is a good turn of events. It shows that advertisers aren’t just attuned to the religious right letter-writers; more and more businesses are developing a proper social conscience. The hurtful statements of those KRXQ jocks were not made without adverse consequence!
Visit this site to take action. Updated sponsor ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ lists and FCC complaint walkthroughs makes taking action easy and fun. Really.
Families of Gender Non-Conforming Children Ask For a Moment of your Time
Many newspapers have reported on the recent program on KRXQ in Sacremento which concerned transgender and gender-non-conforming children. An excerpt from the Huffington Post article by Michael Rowe summarizes the statements of the radio disk jockeys, Rob Williams and Arnie State.
Even by the flexible moral, ethical, and professional standards of American talk radio, the May 28th segment of KRXQ 98.5 FM Sacramentoâ€™s Rob, Arnie, & Dawn in the Morning radio talk show makes for a sickening half-hour of ugliness and cruelty. For once, the focus was not LGBT adults, but minors. The hosts, Rob Williams and Arnie States, devoted the segment in question to a vicious diatribe against transgender children, some as young as five, focusing in particular on the case of one Omaha family raising a gender dysphoric child, and their decision to support her transition from male to female.
Williams and States took turns referring to gender dysphoric children as â€œidiotsâ€ and â€œfreaks,â€ who were just out â€œfor attentionâ€ and had â€œa mental disorder that just needs to somehow be gotten out of them,â€ either by verbal abuse on the part of the parents, or even shock therapy.
â€œAllowing transgenders to exist, pretty soon it becomes normal to fall in love with the animals,â€ they said.
As parents with gender non-conforming and transgender kids, we have come a long way in our understanding of this issue. Supportive parents come from all walks of life, all parts of the country, all religious traditions, all social classes. Some of us identify as conservatives, some liberal; some are hetero / gender normative themselves, some are not. Our kids come from traditional families and non-traditional families. Our kids most often (but not always) have gender normative siblings (or are only children).
Only we really know who these kids are, and who they have to be. We brought them into the world. Now weâ€™re trying to make the world a safer place for them. None of the choices we make in raising our kids are made lightly. We know the dangers our kids face. But we also know the world is changing. And we have to be a part of that change.
â€œI have every right to call you a freak and judge you on that.â€ One of these men said. We ask that before anyoneâ€™s judgement is final, they listen to us, to the families, to the children, to the experts. Autistic kids were once thought of as freaks. As were Disabled kids. Cleft lip kids. Mixed race kids. Hyperactive kids. These kids are understood and appreciated. Someday soon, so will our kids.
Read our stories before you share any opinion based on incomplete knowledge, or on your own parenting experiences with gender normative children. These kids are different. Theyâ€™re not freaks or idiots. They can change hearts and minds. They are brave, and strong, but they cannot survive without support and understanding. They lead lives worth living, worth defending.
We love our kids. We will not let them be humiliated, denigrated, harassed or bullied without a fight.
If youâ€™re with us, do something. Contact a sponsor on the naughty list or the nice list. Praise the nice; spank the naughty. Contact the FCC or KRXQ. Support TYFA. You can help save a kidâ€™s life.
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