Tom Ford Takes a Stand Against Homophobic Language


The first big piece of Tom Ford news is that the now-elusive designer has — finally! — revealed his entire Fall 2012 collection.  The other Tom Ford news of the week, quieter but more significant, is that he’s signed on with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to take a stand against the use of homophobic language.

The organization’s new competition invites budding filmmakers to submit potential public service announcements to raise awareness of gay bullying and homophobic language.  Ford, among others, will be judging the entries, and the winner will be flown to Los Angeles for GLSEN’s annual Respect Awards. (Which Ford will also attend.)

Since Ford is himself a filmmaker these days, he’s an ideal candidate to both raise awareness of the competition and judge its entrants.  There’s one bizarre aspect afoot, though — his partner in the endeavor is Brett Ratner, who must be doing penance for unwelcome, gay-related remarks he made last fall.  That said, if GLSEN has taken on Ratner, perhaps all’s forgiven.  At any rate, we’ll just focus on Ford’s new role with the organization, since he’s a well-respected denizen of both the fashion industry and Hollywood.