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Six GLAAD Board Members Resign

Politico reports that six board members have resigned from GLAAD's board in the wake of controversy over the letter in support of the AT&T- T-Mobile merger:

Glaad GLAAD board member Gary Bitner confirmed in an email to POLITICO on Tuesday that he had resigned. Five other board members — including Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers — also have submitted their resignations, according to the POLITICO source who is familiar with the matter.

The five, including Weingarten, could not be reached for comment early Tuesday.

The names of all six are no longer listed in the board of directors section of GLAAD’s website, bringing the current number of GLAAD board members, including officers, down to 23. The names appeared on the website as of Sunday and are still visible via a Google cache — or digital snapshot — of the site.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios resigned over the weekend after the executive committee voted to remove him.

In related news, Bil Browning reports on several new groups that admit support of the merger, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Michelangelo Signorile adds:

Like GLAAD, NGLTF withdrew the letter once the deception was brought to their attention. Unlike GLAAD they didn't lie or cover-up the letter, nor did they go on to back the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. According to their statement, the dupe had them revisit their policies.

MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner also took a broader look this week at the controversy and at scrutiny over "the role AT&T has played in the public policy decisions of several nonprofit organizations in recent years."

The Washington Blade adds to the story, noting that former AT&T executive and GLAAD Board Member Troup Coronado, once worked for the anti-gay Heritage Foundation:

After an investigation into Coronado’s past, the Blade has discovered that a Troup Coronado who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin the same year as AT&T’s Coronado, and whom an anonymous source confirmed is the same person, appeared in several CSPAN videos from 1991-1993 as a representative of the anti-gay conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation. Jeremy Hooper of the GoodAsYou blog was able to identify several instances of media outlets covering the Heritage Foundation opposition to pro-LGBT legislation in the 1980s and 1990s, and Heritage has been vocal in opposing same-sex marriage over the past decade. The CSPAN video gives Coronado’s title at the organization as Director of the New Majority Project.

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GLAAD, AT&T, and Net Neutrality: A Tangled, Sticky Web [tr]

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  1. All this news about the whole GLAAD shake-up, but no idea what this is all about. Something about an AT&T and T-Mobile merger. What the hell does that have to do with GLAAD?

    Does anyone have a straight-forward explanation what this is all about?

    Posted by: Ian | Jun 22, 2011 9:20:27 AM


  2. To put it bluntly- AT&T made "generous" donations to GLAAD, and soon after Barrios sent off a letter to the government opposing Net Neutrality and supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger claiming how AT&Ts non-discrimination policy or some such was the reason why they were weighing in on this topic.

    It was all complete bunk, GLAAD was bribed to support something they had no business weighing in on, and they took the bait. And it was especially reprehensible when it comes to the Net Neutrality thing- something that all gay rights activists should staunchly defend because it protects minorities from being the target of bandwidth choking at the whims of the Internet providers.

    Posted by: AedanCloud | Jun 22, 2011 9:56:34 AM


  3. Wow! We really are just like everyone now! Our organizations are just as corrupt!

    Posted by: MT | Jun 22, 2011 10:38:03 AM


  4. I guess I am trying to figure out why I care. I dont find that GLAAD has ever done much of anything but have parties and award shows. They could cease to exist tofay and I doubt anyone would care or notice.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jun 22, 2011 10:43:29 AM


  5. I wish this would spread on over to HRC so that we could see Joe Solomonese and at least half of the board of HRC suffer the same fate.

    I think the entire gay rights INDUSTRY needs a good clean out and resetting of priorities.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 22, 2011 10:57:45 AM


  6. It's so easy to buy into naive "gay inc" and "corporations are evil" narratives. Most of the "investigative journalism" and commentary surrounding this story has come from people with an agenda and should be viewed with appropriate skepticism.

    Homo Genius, if you don't know what GLAAD does, try looking through their website. They do a ton of important work, as even the most anti-Barrios bloggers are quick to acknowledge.

    Posted by: Fan | Jun 22, 2011 11:07:43 AM


  7. GLAAD should disband. The way it rushed to help Tracy Morgan cover his ass is disgraceful. For too long, that group has been more interested in sucking up to Hollywood celebrities and power brokers than in uplifting the LGBT image.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 22, 2011 12:22:51 PM


  8. Stuffed Animal: GLAAD didn't "rush to help Tracy Morgan cover his ass", they turned the situation into an opportunity to get a positive, pro-LGBT message out to millions of viewers through the mainstream media.

    Posted by: Fan | Jun 22, 2011 1:53:11 PM


  9. Predictable and necessary. GLAAD - never the most respectable of organizations - is now tainted beyond hope of recovery. Anyone who served on their Board during this depressingly typical example of sordid corporate bribery should be examined under a microscope.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 22, 2011 2:38:39 PM


  10. Good explanation, AEDANCLOUD...
    especially your statement about the importance of Net Neutrality.

    The open Internet is one of the few remaining tools we have to oppose the growing corporate dictatorship that determines policy in our country.

    It is inexcusable that GLAAD sold us out on this issue.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Jun 22, 2011 6:51:54 PM


  11. We are just like everyone else! Rushing to condemn, place blame, and turn on our own when we have no idea what we are talking about. GLAAD has done so much good work over the years, and it is the single reason a telephone call can turn a gay rant into an apology and then into service to the community. But the Board was taken over by some Conservatives somehow, Barrios got screwed in the process, and those with any integrity had to resign or risk becoming wrapped up in the many ethical violations being committed by those who refused to step down. Troup Coronado still being on the board should say it all. There is still hope to turn things around if they throw out those who have been causing the trouble, and we could still have a voice for our community that can make a big impact. I hope they do the right thing now before it really is too late.

    Posted by: Washington77 | Jun 22, 2011 7:01:17 PM


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