MU grad gives $1M to journalism school for LGBT education
A University of Missouri graduate has donated $1 million to the journalism school for research and education about LGBT issues.
The pledge comes from Timothy Blair, who wants the money to go toward better understanding how news coverage can reinforce or break down stereotypes about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported Saturday.
It’s about time LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH got its act together to combat the daily deluge of rampant incessant homophobia and transphobia from the modern mainstream media, and to break the religious right’s strangehold on the largest media conglomerates.
“It became apparent that the passion I have about LGBT rights, and being a gay man myself, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is,” said Blair, who is a graduate of MU’s journalism school.
Should I even?
He graduated from MU in 1973 and earned a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis before working in marketing and public relations for several St. Louis companies, the newspaper reported. He founded BlairPR Inc. in Los Angeles in 1993.
Good for him. PR is yet another industry badly in need of a few gay men to combat all the troglodyte knuckledragging religious bigots that infest it.