Conservative celebrity Ann Coulter is being criticized for joking about parents rejecting their gay sons.

The 50-year-old Coulter on Monday messaged to her more than 228,000 Twitter followers: “Last Thursday was national 'coming out' day. Monday is national 'disown your son' day.”

Aaron McQuade, director of news and field media at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), didn't find the humor in the tweet.

“I recognize that this is a joke, and that she is not really taken seriously in any context anyway, but with this coming right after National Coming Out Day, at the start of Ally Week and just days before Spirit Day, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about this idea of hers,” McQuade wrote in a blog post. “There was a time in our culture's history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of 'therapy' to rid themselves of their orientation. To learn how to not be true to themselves.”

“And although we've come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about. … LGBT youth who are completely rejected by their parents are more than 8 time as likely to have attempted suicide,” he added, referring to a 2009 San Francisco State University study.

“Pretty funny, right?”

(Related: Ann Coulter repeats claim that liberals would abort gay babies.)