According to a new report from Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog, major corporations that are publicly celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month are also placing advertising with Fox News, funding the network's anti-LGBTQ agenda.

Read the full report HERE: https://www.mediamatters.org/justice-civil-liberties/companies-celebrating-lgbtq-pride-month-are-also-advertising-fox-0

According to Media Matters' research, big companies like Procter and Gamble, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Progressive Insurance, and others have run potentially thousands of ads on Fox News in 2021 while simultaneously celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month across their social media platforms.

Big companies like Procter and Gamble, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Progressive Insurance are promoting Pride while funding Fox New's anti-LGBTQ programming

The report finds:

  • GlaxoSmithKline is Fox New's largest corporate advertiser in Pride and ran 1680 ads on Fox News in 2021, and 155 during June 2021 alone. This comes even as GlaxoSmithKline posted Pride messages to its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.
  • Procter and Gamble has run more than 1320 ads on Fox News in 2021, including 62 in Pride month. This despite the fact that the company issued a Pride statement on its website that in part describes the company's “three key initiatives that aim to raise visibility and support of the LGBTQ+ community," and sponsored a June 4 “Can't Cancel Pride" event, a virtual celebration for the LGBTQ community that featured queer entertainers and artists.
  • General Motors has run more than 1680 ads on Fox News in 2021, including 24 in Pride month. And yet, they have promoted themselves as allies, including changing their homepage to a Pride-themed image and posting on social media about Pride month. General Motors even touted their support for the Equality Act, which Fox News attacked in 18 segments in less than two months.
  • Progressive Insurance updated all their social media profiles with Pride imagery, while over 831 of their ads ran on Fox News this year. As of June 16th, Progressive Insurance has not run any ads on Fox News during Pride month.

While many companies have fled the network because of its toxic programming, the large companies in this report remain some of Fox News' leading advertisers.

Fox News is a hotbed of anti-LGBTQ extremism in the post-Trump era. Media Matters' research found that from January 20, the day President Biden took office, through March 18, Fox News aired 86 segments about trans people, primarily attacking trans youth and trans athletes. In fact, Fox aired more segments on trans athletes in the first three months of 2021, at 72, as it did in 2019 and 2020 combined.

“In a year when we've seen a stark increase in legislative attacks on trans people and unprecedented anti-trans violence, we don't need companies to change their profile pictures for Pride Month - what we need is for corporate America to put its money where its mouth is," said Brianna January, senior researcher for Media Matters for America's LGBTQ Program.

It's despicable that the same companies trying to sell us rainbow logos and feel-good PR statements are also funding the anti-LGTBQ hatred of Fox News personalities like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

Media Matters and more than 40 organizations penned a letter urging media buyers to drop Fox and not buy advertisements on the network which fuels conspiracy theories, extremism, and attacks on democracy. To read more about why Fox News is bad for business visit DropFox.com.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Issues

The Dobbs decision, otherwise known as the court case that overturned Roe v. Wade, has resulted in confusing medical situations for many patients. On top of affecting access to abortions for straight, cisgender women, it presents heightened risks for LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole. Flipping the switch on reproductive rights and privacy rights is a far-reaching act that makes quality care harder to find for an already underserved community.

As the fight against the Dobbs decision continues, it’s important to shed light on the full breadth of its impact. We’ll discuss specific ways that the decision can affect LGBTQ+ healthcare and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.

How the Right to Bodily Privacy Affects LGBTQ+ Healthcare

When the original Roe v. Wade decision was made, the bodily privacy of people across the United States was protected. Now that bodily autonomy is no longer guaranteed, the LGBTQ+ community must brace itself for a potential loss of healthcare rights beyond abortions. This includes services like feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy (particularly for transgender youth) that conservative lawmakers have been fighting against this year, as well as transition-related procedures. Without privacy, gender-affirming care may be difficult to access without documentation of sex as “proof” of gender.

As essential services for the LGBTQ+ community become more difficult to access, perhaps the most immediate effect we’ll see is eroding trust between healthcare providers and LGBTQ+ patients. When providers aren’t working in the best interest of patients — just like in cases of children and rape victims denied abortions — patients may further avoid preventative care in a community that already faces discrimination in doctor’s offices.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just a Women’s Issue

While the Dobbs decision is often framed as a women's issue — specifically, one that affects cisgender women — it impacts the transgender and non-binary community just as much. All people who are capable of carrying a pregnancy to term have lost at least some ability to choose whether or not to give birth in the U.S.

For transgender and non-binary individuals, this decision comes with the added complexity of body dysmorphia. Without abortion rights, pregnant trans men and some non-binary people may be forced to see their bodies change, and be treated as women by healthcare providers and society as a result.

The Dobbs decision also opens up the possibility for government bodies to determine when life begins — and perhaps even to add legal protections for zygotes and embryos. This puts contraceptives at risk, which could make it more difficult to access gender-affirming care while getting the right contraceptives based on sex for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Overturning Reproductive Rights Puts IVF at Risk

Queer couples that dream of having their own children often have limited options beyond adoption. One such option is in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a uterus.

While IVF isn’t directly affected by the Dobbs decision, it could fall into a legal gray area depending on when states determine that life begins. Texas, for example, is already barring abortions as early as six weeks. To reduce embryo destruction, which often occurs when patients no longer want more children, limits could be placed on the number of eggs that can be frozen at once.

Any restrictions on IVF will also affect the availability of surrogacy as an option for building a family.

How Can LGBTQ+ Individuals Overcome Healthcare Barriers?

While the Dobbs decision may primarily impact abortion rights today, its potential to worsen LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole is jarring. So how can the community be prepared?

If you’re struggling to find LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you, using telemedicine now can be an incredibly effective way to start developing strong relationships with far-away healthcare professionals. Telemedicine eliminates the barrier of geography and can be especially helpful for accessing inclusive primary care and therapy. Be sure to check if your insurance provider covers telemedicine.

If you’re seriously concerned about healthcare access in your area — especially if the Dobbs decision affects your whole state or you need regular in-person services that may be at risk — it may be time to consider moving now. While not everyone has the privilege to do so, relocating gives you the ability to settle in areas where lawmakers better serve your needs. However, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, so preparing and making progress on a moving checklist now can help you avoid issues later.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t LGBTQ+-Friendly

The Supreme Court of the United States has proven the power of its conservative majority with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the effects of the Dobbs decision don’t stop at affecting cisgender women’s abortion rights. In states with bans, it also leads to forced birth for trans men and non-binary individuals. Plus, the Dobbs decision increases the risk of other rights, like hormone therapy and IVF, being taken away.

Taking steps now, whether it’s choosing a virtual provider or considering a move, can help you improve your healthcare situation in the future.