LOGO A NO-GO? At this writing the new MTV station LOGO will not be airing in Atlanta tonight when it launches around the country on cable television. LOGO is a gay network, which will feature LGTB programming 24 hours a day. Southern Voice reported this week that our local cable provider, Comcast, is still in negotiations to broadcast LOGO. A quick check of the network's website shows a clock counting down to tonight's launch, including programming like the GLAAD Awards and a show called Surfer Girls. Hmmm...wonder what that's about?

Of course, before the station even went live anywhere in the country, you had the Christian right crazies spouting this kind of nonsense:

"I don't think most parents want their children flipping channels on their way to the Cartoon Network and running across a scene of two men kissing in bed on the Logo network," Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, told Cybercast News Service Network this month. "Most of us have enough to explain to our children nowadays."

Wildmon also warned that late-night programming on here! or Logo could turn pornographic. "The very nature of homosexuality is based on eroticism and the infatuation with sex," he told CNS News.

Hey, Wildmon, why don't you try and explain why you're a hate-filled, ignorant motherfucker? How about teaching and explaining the concept of tolerance? Poor Wildmon sounds like he's in desperate need of a blow job. Sounds like he's got some latent homosexual desires. How does he know homosexuality is "based on eroticism and the infatuation with sex" unless he's been smokin' a little rope? Loosen up, Timmy. It's cable.

Come on, Comcast! We want our GTV!


Lisa Allender said…
Geez...I'm SO tired of having to DEFEND gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgendered people---
do nutjobs like Mr. Wildmon have NOTHING else to do, but monitor OTHER folks' t.v.-viewing habits?
If there's something you find objectionable, monitor your children, & turn it off.Or better yet, as Collin suggests, try to figure out why you're SO threatened by the thought of two people expressing love and/or sexual attraction, who happen to be members of the same gender.

Television which TRULY reflects the various ways in which gay people live has not been explored--it's LONG overdue!
Anonymous said…
nolapoet said…
Ya ya, we got it!...pop over to nolapoet for latest...might have to wait a bit more, but I don't understand WHY...

nolapoet said…

So use it if you're so worried.
Collin said…
LOGO is on the air!!! I have digital cable and LOGO is now on channel 288. Of course, I'm watching Live 8 today, which I'll be posted about later this evening, but I can't wait to see what the new gay channel has to offer.
Anonymous said…

Mayor's vision fully in focus
Cindy Uken
The Desert Sun
July 13, 2005

As a member of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission in the 1990s, Ron Oden was instrumental in getting Black Entertainment Television included in the local programming lineup. Now Mayor, Oden is lobbying to get more programming included that focuses on yet another minority group - gays and lesbians.

But his vision for what it could bring is much broader than local programming; it's an economic opportunity.

Oden, widely thought to be the country's first openly gay black mayor, is lobbying strenuously to get Q Television Network, a Palm Springs-based network, included on the Time Warner Cable television lineup. Q Television Network is a nationally syndicated gay television network run by and programmed for an audience that identifies itself as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - and straight. It would be a natural fit for Palm Springs, which boasts a significant gay and lesbian population.

But for Oden, this is about so much more than just adding a network that is gay- and lesbian-based; it's about doing what's right for Palm Springs. And that's what really gets his creative juices flowing.

This is the place where noted retailers like Nordstrom and J. Crew frequently come for print advertising and catalog shoots.

More than 800 shooting days - including movies, TV shows, commercials and still photography - netted the valley $28 million in revenues in 2004, according to the Inland Empire Film Commission.

With the right production studio, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley just might be able to take things to the next level. Theoretically, it could become a Hollywood satellite that turns media production into a source for year-round, high-paying jobs?

"If they get on Time Warner, they are going to build a production studio in the city," Oden said. "It gives us another opportunity to do things here. They're going to syndicate some national shows and broadcast from here on a daily basis. We're moving, baby."

Oden said one of the complaints he often hears is that there is no place in Palm Springs to produce programs; if Q Television Network builds a studio here, that would void that complaint.

Time Warner corporate officers are trying to negotiate a nationwide agreement with the type of network product Q Television Network offers, said Kathi Jacobs, director of government and community relations for Time Warner. The company is considering three different products in the same network genre; Q Television Network is one of them. She said a decision in expected "sometime in the future."

Carol Hinnant, vice president of acquisitions for Q Television Network, said Tuesday, "We are still talking with Time Warner and hope for a positive resolution in the next couple of months."

As I've gotten to know Oden better during his tenure as mayor - and watch how he works - there are no accidents. Most everything he does is by design.

Earlier this year, he talked of his vision to reestablish Palm Springs as a playground for the stars. He enlisted the help of actors, singers, writers and others to brainstorm ways to attract more stars and visitors to the city - and bring the Hollywood allure back to the desert.

Once a bit static, the picture is starting to become much clearer. It's becoming a don't-miss drama.

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