“Elton & wife proud dads,” the
New York Post published on Wednesday.
And by wife, the Post was
referring to David Furnish, Sir Elton John's partner of nearly two
decades. The couple welcomed 7-pound, 15-ounce Zachary Jackson Levon
Furnish-John on Christmas Day. The baby was born in California via
an unnamed surrogate.
a blog post published Thursday, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD), chided the daily.
“It's not a long walk from 'wife' to
'girly,'” the group wrote. “From there it's a pretty straight
line to 'sissy' and 'f*ggot.'”
“No matter how seemingly benign the
insult, and no matter how seemingly invulnerable the target, it's
always a dangerous game when you're telling people it's okay to
insult others because of their sexual orientation. That's exactly
what the Post did when it headlined this piece – and it's
exactly what the Post is doing now, by refusing to correct
The birth comes after the couple was
blocked by officials from adopting two Ukrainian boys – Lev and his
HIV-positive brother Artyom – last year.
Sir Elton, 63, and Furnish, a
48-year-old filmmaker, entered a UK civil partnership in 2005 after a