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Gay leaders seek apology from Wilson, KGO

Gay leaders are accusing anchorman and radio host Pete Wilson (pictured) of using hate-speech on his KGO-AM show to discuss a unique parenting relationship involving gay Supervisor Bevan Dufty. A news conference is planned for today (Oct. 12) at noon at which Supervisor Tom Ammiano and other leaders will demand an apology from Wilson and KGO.

Rebecca Goldfader, who is a lesbian, and Dufty, who is gay, plan to raise a baby girl Goldfader delivered Oct. 2. The couple also plan to date other people but intend to live together as they raise their daughter.

On his KGO-AM 810 talk-show Tuesday, Wilson called their choice to co-parent a child “a travesty.”

Wilson, who has been a San Francisco TV anchor for 29 years, said at the beginning of his radio show that he supports gay marriage, but he had a problem with this co-parenting relationship, where the parents have stated that they do not have a romantic relationship with each other.

“[A baby] is not an experiment,” Wilson said. “It is not an opportunity to see how far you can carry your views on parenting, alternative lifestyles or diversity in family structure,”

He condemned Dufty and Goldfader for “using a baby to make a statement,” going so far as to say their choice to have a child is “politically correct BS.”

The gay leaders who called today’s news conference said in a press release that Wilson crossed the line between commentary and hate-speech when he said: “Here’s an idea. We’ll have a 49er impregnate a team cheerleader and they can raise a mascot.”

Wilson took calls from listeners, some of whom agreed and others who criticized him.

The news conference was called by Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who is gay, and will include prominent members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.

They want a public apology from Wilson and KGO, as well as the station’s help to “educate the public about the diverse families that call San Francisco and the Bay Area home,” the press release said.

Those who plan to speak at today’s noon news conference at City Hall include Ammiano, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, LGBT Center Executive Director Judy Appel, SF Democratic Party Chair and Alice B. Toklas
LGBT Democratic Club Chair Scott Wiener, and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club vice president Kelly Duggan.

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