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Fox News Hires Gay Rights Activist Sally Kohn As Contributor

January 18, 2012 3:41 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Sally Kohn

On Monday, Fox News Insider reported that openly gay political commentator Sally Kohn has joined Fox News as a contributor. As Karoli of Crooks and Liars noted, Kohn is a surprising choice for the network:

I found it interesting that Fox News has brought on someone who isn't a liberal in name only as a contributor. Kohn's background is not the usual Fox News centrist Conservadem fare: she's got ties to the OWS movement, she has strong organizing credentials, and she's decidedly liberal. Does this mean Fox News is responding to their tanking ratings, or trying to bring someone on they think the conservatives can score points on? If the latter, they may be surprised. 

Aside from her history of progressive activism, Kohn has also been an outspoken proponent of LGBT equality. She’s spoken in support of marriage equality, created her own “It Gets Better” video, and devoted much of her career to working on LGBT issues. According to her personal website:

She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, where she published a groundbreaking guidebook for organizing campaigns to win domestic partnership benefits.  Sally also worked as a consultant with the Urban Justice Center, publishing a report on the experiences of gay youth in the New York juvenile justice system.

It’ll be interesting to see if Kohn’s new status as a Fox News contributor will help combat the network’s never-ending stream of anti-LGBT misinformation. Last month, she went toe-to-toe with Bill O’Reilly as he railed against a lesbian mother who encouraged her 8-year-old son to confront Rep. Michele Bachmann over her ties to “ex-gay” therapy.

Will she bring that same pro-equality tenacity the next time Fox melts down over anti-bullying efforts, smears transgender people, or misinforms about LGBT-inclusive school curricula?

Only time will tell.

Previously:

Report: MSNBC, Fox News Promote Anti-Gay Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins

Fox News Downplays LGBT Teen Suicide, Bullying

News Corp.’s Two-Faced Treatment Of The LGBT Community