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Signorile and GLAAD's Jarrett Barrios on Adam Lambert Controversy

Barrios On his Sirius OutQ radio show yesterday, Michelangelo Signorile interviewed GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios about the group's mishandling of the Adam Lambert ABC controversy. As you may remember, they sent out three separate statements regarding ABC's double-standard.

Signorile has posted the interview.

Signorile writes: "Overall I think GLAAD has a long way to go in explaining what happened here and also its larger mission. It is compromised by the fact that it takes money from ABC --something else we discussed -- and that it just doesn't seem to be at the forefront of controversies and defamation, more so focused on giving out awards and patting media on the back."

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  1. It is good to see these organizations (and I include HRC here) finally get called out for being more concerned with their own self importance than actually doing anything important. They measure success by getting important stars (or even Presidents) at their events rather than moving our issues forward.

    Posted by: Trasker | Dec 9, 2009 1:42:32 PM


  2. It is always difficult to balance the desires of your membership base - with the political realities of America - sometimes the politically necessary path to move your agenda forward simply takes too long for your membership.

    That, however, is not the case here. GLAAD has no legitimate reason for issuing the press releases in support of ABC - ABC - and other networks - clearly subscribe to a double-standard regarding performances - whereas heterosexual or "simulated" lesbian antics during a performance do not create a problem - but homosexual activity by a gay man does. The subsequent banning was ridiculous - and unnecessary - a morning show is not a night time awards show - every performer working in these arenas know this -- and the Kimmel cancellation simply defies even cursory logic considering the content of that show.

    GLAAD's mission is to point out this kind of double-standard -- and to hold media accountable for their unfair treatment of gays and lesbians when compared with heterosexuals. This is not about special treatment of a performer - this is simply about equality.

    This was not a misunderstanding - this was a gross breech of GLAAD's fundamental duty, mission and purpose.

    Posted by: ricky | Dec 9, 2009 2:26:51 PM


  3. I have full respect for Jarrett Barrios and thank him for helping to get marriage passed in Massachusetts. There is no harder working gay married man with 2 adopted children out there.

    Posted by: Antny | Dec 9, 2009 2:31:43 PM


  4. Barrios sounds like PR rep for ABC, not the gay community. His good work for us is noted, but his whoring himself to ABC is disgusting.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 9, 2009 3:28:37 PM


  5. ANTNY I disagree... Barrios is living somewhere where his marriage is legally recognized and he faces few legal or social barriers to doing what he wants to do with his life and working in a position he must be suited for if he became the president of GLAAD. There are many queer Americans that have to work harder to accomplish less because they have to waste time and energy dealing with problems being supported by the same type of people and institutions Mr Barrios is apparently supporting.

    Anyway Glambert was probably unprofessional in how his performance differed from how it was planned. I've worked on the production side with drag queens (which Adam Lambert is in a sense) and had shit like this happen. The time and place to go over this is before a performance and if the AMAs had a problem GLAAD should have been there putting some nuts/ovaries to the fire asking why two women can kiss on an awards show but not two guys.

    GLAAD ought to call it quits with this and ask why the hell CBS blurred his kiss.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 10, 2009 12:39:50 AM


  6. Let's face the real deal here. Adam may have gone somewhat overboard during his performance, however now it seems that it has to be made a "Federal Case" in order to discuss, once again, equality. Who is blaming who, who should have done what, how it should have either been handled beforehand, or the resulting handling of all the publicity and hoopla. It all actually detracts from anyone making any real progress at the real issue - LGBT rights and equality. Get over it - a kiss is a kiss no matter WHO it is. It shouldn't be construed like the two performers were engaging in some type of foreplay for Christ's sake.

    Posted by: Llazlo | Dec 10, 2009 9:53:59 AM


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