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LGBT media reacts to Out Magazine's recent article on Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos gets a send-up in Out Magazine, LGBT media not pleased.
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Out Magazine is being questioned about their recent photo editorial on one of the LGBT community’s biggest thorns.

On Tuesday the LGBT publication ran a story on Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay reactionary who has infiltrated social media with his painful vitriol toward trans men and women, African Americans, and even his own community.

In the profile titled “Send In the Clown: Internet Supervillain Milo Doesn’t Care That You Hate Him”, we see Yiannopoulos dressed in drag and various clown costumes, seemingly portraying him as sardonic.

After the article was published social media launched a tirade against Out Magazine for basically excusing Yiannopoulos’ behaviors as playful and fun.

But members of the LGBT media are not laughing, in fact they are calling Out’s decision to run the editorial a serious problem. 

They created an open letter with 80 signatures, including writers from The Huffington Post, Towleroad, and even Out Magazine itself.

“The Out profile of Yiannopoulos represents the peak of this harm. Here is a white supremacist whose entire career has been built on the attention he can get for himself through provocation. His attacks against womenpeople of colorMuslims, transgender people, and basically anybody who doesn’t like him are as malicious as they come, and he catalyzes his many “alt-right” followers to turn on any target he deems worthy of abuse.”

The letter continues to say that as LGBT writers we should hold ourselves to a “higher standard,” and, "develop content that serves the LGBT community either directly as an audience, or on its behalf by educating broader audiences about our politics and our cultures.

"We thus have an obligation, at a minimum, to ensure that what we publish — no matter how crass or sensationalized it may be — avoids fostering harm to queer people. Out failed in this regard.”

Out Magazine ran a disclaimer from the editor before the article which said the piece did not represent the opinions of the publication and, “the mere act of covering a contentious person can be misinterpreted as an endorsement.”

Then added:

“If LGBTQ media takes its responsibilities seriously we can’t shy away from covering queer people who are at the center of this highly polarized election year, and we ask you to assess Milos Yiannopoulos, the focus of this profile, on his own words without mistaking them for ours."