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Signorile: GLAAD's Fundraising Dynamic 'a Drug Habit' it Can't Shake

Michelangelo Signorile takes GLAAD to task in a new Advocate column with the Adam Lambert controversy at its centerpiece:

Lambertcrotch "At the heart of the controversy is a simple fact: GLAAD solicits money from networks and entertainment companies and then hands them awards for what the organization deems positive media representation of the LGBT community. (In 2009, ABC actually led rival networks with its number of nominees.) Media companies receiving the awards—many of which often engage in or perpetuate the very bias and defamation that GLAAD crusades against—sponsor the celebrity-strewn benefits and underwrite the performances in return for branding opportunities and choice tables. This fund-raising dynamic developed over time and, according to former staffers, accounts for a large percentage of the group’s money—sort of like a drug habit it just can’t shake. And also like a drug habit, this setup enormously compromises the group: What kind of effective watchdog takes money from the industry it polices? Imagine the ineffectiveness of a congressional watchdog group taking money from House and Senate members."

According to Signorile, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says the group "keeps its finances separate from the advocacy work that it does" though it's not explained how that might be possible.

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  1. The problem is that GLAAD used to be run by--and in fact was founded by--gay ACTIVISTS. Nowadays it's run by politicians. And what politicians know how to do best is: fundraising; cozying up to the established order; and trying to ignore or smooth over problems. GLAAD is a perfect case in point. (The Obama administration is another, but let's not go there.)

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 13, 2010 1:22:40 PM


  2. Thank you Jarrett Barrios for bringing GAY MARRIAGE to the state of Massachusetts. Signorile can bite me.

    Posted by: Antny | Jan 13, 2010 2:42:06 PM


  3. ???

    Is there any particular reason for crediting GLAAD's activities (to me, seemingly pointless) with the gay-marriage victory in MA?

    Posted by: Distingué Traces | Jan 13, 2010 3:14:25 PM


  4. GLAAD is over and DONE stick a fork in it for christ sake.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 13, 2010 8:59:51 PM


  5. I think the person thanking GLAAD for gay marriage in MA is confusing them with GLAD (Gay Advocates and Defenders), a long time legal advocacy organization whose headquarters are in Boston.

    Posted by: Liz Tracey | Jan 13, 2010 10:29:10 PM


  6. Back in the old days when I volunteered for GLAAD, it was run by people seeking studio jobs. No-one was willing to criticize the studios because it would fuck up their chances of making a deal or getting hired by that studio.

    Posted by: Hamp | Jan 13, 2010 11:34:43 PM


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