(Generously hosted for free by biasHELP.org)
WE STOPPED DR. LAURA
(Click here to visit the archived StopDrLaura.com site)
"Two months and 14 millionplus hits since its March 1 launch, StopDrLaura.com has become one of the most impressive weapons in the American lesbian and gay activism arsenal. Like a cyber machine gun, it has hit its targets with precision: the people and institutions involved in the creation and distribution of homophobic radio talk-show host Laura Schlessingers planned syndicated talk show for Paramount Television. The moment peoples names and numbers went up on the Web site, their phones began to ring incessantly, their fax machines began to churn, their E-mail accounts filled to capacity, and all were forced to realize that something was very, very wrong out there something they each had a role in precipitating...."
"Takin' it to the streets," by Mike Signorile, the Advocate, 2000
On March 1, 2000, five friends got together and launched StopDrLaura.com with the goal of forcing Paramount Television to cancel Dr. Laura Schlessinger's then-upcoming TV show. Schlessinger had repeatedly called gays and lesbians "biological errors" and deviant (one of our favorite Dr. Laura quotes: "How many letters have I read on the air from gay men who acknowledge that a huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys?'') and we were outraged that Paramount would give a national platform to someone intent on spreading that kind of intolerance against a class of Americans. Of equal concern, two weeks before StopDrLaura.com was launched, the Los Angeles Times reported that a national gay rights group had reached a "tentative accord" with Paramount in which they agreed that Schlessinger's TV show could run. Like many in the community, we were outraged, and decided to do something about it. Thus StopDrLaura.com was born.
With all of your help, StopDrLaura.com made history one year later on March 30, 2001 with the cancellation of Dr. Laura Schlessinger's television show. The year-long campaign against Dr. Laura coordinated via this Web site and all done on an $18,000 budget, most of it raised from the online sale of t-shirts so exposed Dr. Laura's anti-gay rhetoric to the world, that she could not even sneeze without the major national media, and thousands of individual activists like yourselves, watching, recording her every word, and pouncing when action was needed. As a result of the 50+ million hits this pro bono site received in just 10 months, and the 300,000 visitors per month that we continued to get throughout the campaign, protests were organized in 34 cities across the country and Canada, over 170 advertisers dropped Dr. Laura's TV show (including some 70 or so advertisers that Canadian activists got to drop her in that country alone!), and over 30 advertisers dropped her radio show, reportedly costing her over $30 million in advertising.
I still think back to those early days of the campaign when we were on the phone with Procter & Gamble, and they gave us permission to be the first to break the news that the corporate giant was dropping Dr. Laura, or our discussions with Xerox and other fine American companies who agreed to pull their advertising from Schlessinger's show, or our grassroots coordinator Robin Tyler jetting around the country organizing 34 protests in cities across the land. While none of this would have happened without the StopDrLaura.com Web site running the show, it is even more true that none of this would have been possible without all of you. After all, a Web site is only as good as the number of visitors who come to it, and even then, this kind of campaign is only effective when people like you are willing to take action. And boy, were you.*
Now, click the image below (or click here) to visit the archived StopDrLaura.com Web site. And remember, most of the action links are either outdated or no longer work, so don't be surprised if you can't buy a t-shirt, or contact Paramount.
From all of us at StopDrLaura.com, thanks for everything, and please keep on fighting. You can make a difference.
* THANKS: There are so many people to thank for standing by us and helping from day one. We'll try to list some, but I'm sure we'll miss many. The StopDrLaura.com co-founders: John Aravosis, Joel Lawson, William Waybourn, Alan Klein and Robin Tyler. Our local organizers in over 34 cities, including Andy Thayer, John Selig, and Corey Johnson who did a lot of national work in addition to working in their local cities of Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. Organizations like the Horizon Foundation, Communication Works, TomPaine.com, Don't Panic, and the Human Rights Campaign (which gave us a generous donation). Celebrities like David Lee of "Frasier" fame, Susan Sarandon, Pat Schroeder, Christopher Landon, and Bruce Vilanch. Great reporting by Mike Signorile, GAYBC, the LA Times, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Variety, Access Hollywood, Broadcasting & Cable, Gay.com and Reuters (among many others). And the assistance of friends like David Goldman, Stuart Paul, and so many others who helped this campaign become a success.
And let's not forget the great folks at BiasHELP.org who are hosting the StopDrLaura.com archive for free. If you haven't already, please drop by BiasHELP.org and check them out they're a good outfit with great content definitely worth a visit. But most importantly, we're especially thankful to all of you for answering the call against a prominent celebrity and an enormous TV studio who thought it was ok to tell 20 million Americans and Canadians a day that an entire class of human beings were biological errors.
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