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Friday
Jun152012

New in Apple's iOS 6: Gay and Lesbian Emoticons

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The next version of software for the iPhone and iPad will include gay and lesbian emojis for the first time. Emojis are the small emoticon-like icons or pictures included in some phone operating systems. They can be inserted into text messages or emails.

The new emojis in the iOS 6 operating system feature both lesbian and gay couples holding hands. There are also ones of heterosexual couples. Apple has publicly supported gay rights.

Apple’s iOS 6 operating system is due out later this year. It was detailed earlier this week at the company’s WWDC conference in San Francisco.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun012012

JCPenney Raises Ire With Another Gay-Friendly Ad

JCPenney Catalog(NEW YORK) -- JCPenney last year announced that Ellen DeGeneres, who is openly gay, would be its latest spokesperson. On Mother’s Day, it featured a lesbian couple in one of its ads. And now, just in time for Father’s Day, the retail chain has issued another print ad, this one with real-life couple Todd Koch and Cooper Smith, and their two young children.

The copy reads: “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. Or two.”

Once again, the ads have raised the ire of the conservative One Million Moms, that is again accusing JC Penney of promoting “sin” in its advertisements.”

“It’s obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral in the culture war,” OMM writes. “JCP will hear from the other side, so they need to hear from us as well. Our persistence will pay off! One day we will answer for our actions or lack of them. We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature.”

OMM has launched yet another boycott of JCPenney.

In an email to ABC News, JCPenney spokesman Joseph Thomas said, “In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re proud that our June book honors men from diverse backgrounds who all share the joy of fatherhood.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr172012

Urban Outifitters Targeted for Suggestive Ad

Urban Outfitters(NEW YORK) -- After unsuccessfully campaigning to get Ellen DeGeneres fired from her gig as a JC Penney spokesperson, the conservative group One Million Moms is now railing against the retail chain Urban Outfitters for its catalog photo of two women kissing.

In a web posting, the group advised parents to call or email Urban Outfitters with complaints about the photo.

“Tell them you will also no longer shop at their stores if you hear this type of advertising continues,” states the post. “The content is offensive and inappropriate for a teen who is the company’s target customer.”

One Million Moms is also demanding that Urban Outfitters apologize. The company did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

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Earlier this year, the group attempted a boycott of JC Penney after Ellen DeGeneres was announced as the store’s spokesperson. JC Penney, however, stood behind the openly gay DeGeneres, who received support from her broad base of fans and even an endorsement from conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly.

One Million Moms is a division of the media watchdog Christian group, the American Family Association. The One Million Moms’ website describes their goal as stopping “the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.)”

This is not the first time Urban Outfitters has courted controversy. Last month, it was criticized by 10 members of congress for selling t-shirts that read “Kiss Me I’m Drunk or Irish or Whatever.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May022011

J. Crew at Center of Gay Politics Again with Openly Gay Model

J. Crew [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- J. Crew surprised consumers again with a May 2011 catalog that features its employees as models, including a gay designer with his boyfriend, who are described as "Happy Together."

The preppie clothing giant was quiet on its presentation of the same-sex couple -- "Our designer Somsack and his boyfriend, Micah" -- but gay advocates applaud what they say is a strong message.

"Nothing is unintentional in this kind of marketing," said Cathy Renna of Renna Communications, which serves the LGBT community.  "Bravo to J. Crew."

"It's a giant step forward," she said.  "As an activist, it's great to see a diversity of images and to see gay families represented in more regular media."

Just last month, J. Crew stirred controversy when its online newsletter included an image of its president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting her son's toenails hot pink.

"Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink," said the caption.  "Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."

Social conservatives reacted with outrage at what they considered "liberal, transgendered identity politics."  Some critics suggested that her son Beckett might be "turned" gay or transgender.

"The Men's Shop" section in the back of the 135-page catalog includes J. Crew's in-house stylist with his nine-month-old son, bearded brothers, a designer with his dog and also the photographer's African-American husband and their Asian daughter, headlined as "Family Matters."

Heather McAuliffe, J. Crew VP for public relations, told ABC News that the company did not want to comment on what some saw as a new rainbow campaign.

More American companies recognize the consumer buying power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual community.  According to a January 2007 report, The Gay and Lesbian Market, in the U.S. from the market research firm Packaged Facts, their spending was expected to exceed $835 billion this year.

Now, J. Crew seems to have jumped on the bandwagon, according to advertising experts.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr132011

J. Crew Ad With Boy's Pink Toenails Creates Stir

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mother paints her son's toenails hot pink because it's his favorite color.  Does that mean he'll become gay or transgender?

That is the controversy surrounding a J. Crew ad that is swirling around the Internet.

It began when a photo of J. Crew's president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting the toenails of her son Beckett in an ad was sent to customers last week in a feature, "Saturday with Jenna."

"Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink," says the caption.  "Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."

Social conservatives reacted with outrage.  Fox News' Dr. Keith Ablow ran an opinion piece on the issue and Erin Brown of the right-leaning Media Research Center called the ad "blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children."

"Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow, Jenna's indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future," Brown wrote.  "J. Crew, known for its tasteful and modest clothing, apparently does not mind exploiting Beckett behind the facade of liberal, transgendered identity politics."

Reaction to the reaction was appalled at the notion that the child was being "turned" gay or transgender.

One of Brown's online readers wrote, "A small child, with no secondary sexual characteristics, cannot be considered 'transgendered' or even a transvestite.  On the other hand, a fully grown person such as yourself can definitely be considered a small-minded a**hole."

Another noted that Speaker of the House John Boehner loves pink ties -- does that make him gay?

Advocacy groups are also fighting back, calling the reaction to the ad "ridiculous."

"This is not how the world works and not how children work, and not even how trans advocacy works," said Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality.

"Complaints about the ad are totally blown out of proportion," she said.  "It's just a cute ad with a cute mom-and-son scene and the kid wants to wear pink nail polish...It could be the kids just wants to spend time with his mom."

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