February 13, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Trans slur on ‘Mike and Molly’
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LOS ANGELES – The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday criticized a segment of the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly” that contained what it described as trans-phobic language.

The show’s main character, Mike, described “the shemale incident of ‘08” in an exchange with his best friend, Carl.

GLAAD said on Wednesday it spoke with a CBS executive “who is discussing the issues directly with the show.” The network has also agreed to meet with the media watchdog’s staffers to “discuss the offensive scene” and other incidents on CBS programs over the last year “that increasingly add up to a disturbing trend.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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