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GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Resigns

GLAAD today announced the resignation of President Herndon Graddick.

GraddickSaid GLAAD Board of Directors Chair Thom Reilly in a press release: "GLAAD is very grateful for Herndon’s work championing LGBT rights, especially his work on behalf of the trans community. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to wish him the best."

Under Herndon's tenure, GLAAD began campaigns including a national call for the Boy Scouts of America to end their ban on gay scouts and scout leaders and announced a continuation of its commitment to incorporate bisexual and transgender people as well as allies from diverse backgrounds in GLAAD's mission, the organization reports.

Said Graddick: "I'm proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff. I'm happy the role I was able to play in advancing the need for our community to fully support the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters. Our movement is benefited by the leadership not only of heroes like Evan Wolfson, Chad Griffin, Mara Keisling, and Kate Kendell, but of the necessary and vital blogger and grassroots communities. I look forward to returning to a private life and supporting the fight from behind the scenes."

The organization adds:

GLAAD's Chief of Staff Dave Montez is serving as Acting President. In addition to continuing to lead GLAAD's development team, he will oversee GLAAD's staff on the ground in Dallas next week throughout the Boy Scouts of America's vote on whether to end their ban on gay scouts and leaders as part of GLAAD's Boy Scouts campaign. GLAAD staff members are continuing work to share stories in the media of marriage equality in advance of next month's Supreme Court decision as well as pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, increased trans visibility in the media, LGBT acceptance in professional sports, and building acceptance of LGBT people. 

GLAAD's Board plans to meet in NYC later this month to determine the next steps toward finding a leader.

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  1. How many presidents does this make in the last decade?

    Posted by: Jerry | May 17, 2013 3:08:31 PM

  2. think they should bring back Neil Giuliano from SF, he has a deathly fear of pine nuts.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | May 17, 2013 3:18:32 PM

  3. Wow, less than a year. Something happened.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | May 17, 2013 3:26:16 PM

  4. I want to know the backstory here.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | May 17, 2013 3:28:24 PM

  5. Thank you Bret Easton Ellis.

    Posted by: GB | May 17, 2013 3:33:38 PM

  6. I agree, very cryptic. What is going on behind the scenes that these leaders would step down so quickly? It certainly lowers their own and the organization's credibility. Somebody's pulling strings here and I can't believe much of what they say.

    Dammit Gladd - get a solid leader or lose the gay community.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 17, 2013 3:40:43 PM

  7. Gee, I guess his effort to "trans"form GLAAD into a transgender organization didn't go so well. It seems that the LGB people who fund 100% of the group have this odd notion that it will focus on LGBs, not heterosexual crossdressers, heterosexual hermaphrodites and heterosexual shemales.

    Posted by: David | May 17, 2013 3:41:04 PM

  8. Poor David. He doesn't know if he's a bore or a girl.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | May 17, 2013 3:50:42 PM

  9. David,
    None of us are free until all of us are free.
    Why don't you actually spend some time finding out just exactly what our transgender brothers and sisters have brought to the fight for our gay rights over the years?
    I've been active in the gay rights fight since the mid-1970s. In that time, the most persistent and dedicated fighters for my rights as a gay man were, in this order:
    Parents of gays
    Straight Allies

    To head off the usual chorus of whine: I did not say others didn't help us, just that nobody in all these decades fought as hard for me as the first two groups consistently have done.

    So, yes, David, I'm happy to see GLAAD fight for their rights. Sure, GLAAD is to PC-Police for may taste. Yes, they are hysterical about too many things which don't matter.
    But - I'll take their occasional mountain out of a mole-hill nonsense any day over the 'throw them under the bus' assholes at HRC under their last two Führer.

    Posted by: enough already | May 17, 2013 4:12:29 PM

  10. is it just me, or have there been so many changes at the top of GLAAD that it's starting to look like the problem is not with who serves as president?

    Posted by: northalabama | May 17, 2013 4:27:18 PM

  11. With a name like, that maybe he can find employment in a Polo outlet.

    Posted by: Garth | May 17, 2013 4:33:55 PM

  12. David, aka David Hearne (known transphobe) aka RICK (the worst troll in the history of Towleroad).

    Posted by: MateoM | May 17, 2013 4:37:46 PM

  13. Question much of a payout is he getting upon his exit. This big "non-profits" also love to hand out golden parachutes under the rationale of "it is in the employment contract." (well why is this in there anyway? hmm)

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 17, 2013 4:46:22 PM

  14. Enoughalready,

    You are so full of sh*t. Transgender did not even exist in the 70s. The term was invented later on by sleazy activists who wanted to corral a whole bunch of different groups under one umbrella. To this day, many transsexuals don't like to use that term.

    Transgenders as a group have done nothing for the gay movement, except exploit it. The oft-mentioned drag queens at Stonewall numbered only a few and in any event drag queens are not considered part of transgender.

    Trans activists are brutally homophobic. Many oppose marriage equality, including the famous trans pioneer Renee Richards. Trans bloggers refer to gay organizations as cesspools and gay men as toilets. They oppose gay civil rights laws unless those laws come bundled with provisions covering transvestite bathroom selection. They are the reason we have been unable to pass ENDA after 40 years of effort.

    Some trans people do support us and that is great. Presumably, they are doing so because they think it is the right thing to do, not because they think that it buys them co-ownership of the gay movement. The support of a few trans people no more justifies LGBT than would heterosexual support justify renaming ourselves LGBH.

    Posted by: David | May 17, 2013 5:23:13 PM

  15. @David, I find your comments interesting and not too far off the mark in my opinion. Another observation I've made is how what used to be GLBT has been transformed to LGBT over the years when it has always been gays at the forefront of the gay civil rights struggle (and the term "gay" usually includes lesbians anyway), not lesbians. Lesbians have always enjoyed wider acceptance from the straight community than gay males. It was drag queens, gay men who dressed in drag for a variety of personal reasons, that have exposed themselves more than lesbians. Now a lot of this will be deemed petty, but even so, I find it annoying.

    I also attended a meeting concerning HIV/AIDS in the gay community several years ago where a gay male speaker actually stated that "our lesbian sisters were on the front line of the HIV/AIDS battle from the beginning." I found that a curious statement having been involved with the HIV/AIDS struggle from the days it was called the gay plague and HTLV III I don't recall many if any lesbians on the front line.

    But, philosophically, we're all in the battle together, but some segments of our community are more acceptable to our enemies than others. In the end, I think we should all hang together and present a united front since we're all considered "mutants" in one way or another and divided we're easier to defeat.

    Posted by: Bob R | May 17, 2013 8:10:58 PM

  16. Either the trans bullies who attempted another takeover were thwarted in their efforts, or he will be replaced with one of their own. Time will tell.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 17, 2013 8:34:59 PM

  17. I hope this doesn't impact the schedule of honoring someone. GLAAD can never have too many asses to kiss.

    Posted by: GB | May 17, 2013 10:59:01 PM

  18. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation long ago lost the conversation in favor of gay equality. As one of the gay movement's (perhaps overly) proud parents, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is a principal organization that finds news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media ridiculous. Through the undeniable power of the media - whether it's your favorite TV show, telenovel or local newspaper - or even on the sports field or through an online petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures, or anything you can imagine whether you regret it or not, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is there advancing the ball.

    Posted by: NealB | May 17, 2013 11:46:11 PM

  19. I agree that it smells as if GLAAD has much more serious problems than that of any single president, but this one is a fine looking man, on his way to a happier life I'll bet.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 18, 2013 12:14:04 AM

  20. The combination of Thom Reilly's laudatory farewell message and Herndon's short tenure strike me as the epitome of cognitive dissonance. It is hard to believe that something is not being covered up. I don't know what that is, and I'm not prepared to speculate, but I wouldn't want to stand too close to the organization at this point.

    Posted by: Rich | May 18, 2013 12:44:00 AM

  21. Bob R:

    Ls and Gs and Bs are all homosexual, to one degree or another. Together, we form a logical, coherent group. Lesbians helped tremendously on AIDS and deserve every bit of credit for their sacrifices, but even if they had done nothing, we would still be in one community with them because we have a common defining characteristic.

    Transgender is not a sexual orientation. Transgenders can be any sexual orientation. There is no logical reason for T to be attached to LGB.

    It is ridiculous to suggest that the world sees us as mutants. Obviously that isn't true. But to the extent that there are some people may lump us together with other groups like Ts and mischaracterize us as mutants or in some other negative way, the solution is to correct their errors, not to embrace them and define ourselves by them. We do not make ourselves more powerful by misrepresenting ourselves as being linked with transgenders, and creating LGBT has not been politically advantageous for LGBs. In fact, we have suffered a lot of defeats because of it, not least of which is ENDA.

    Posted by: David | May 18, 2013 1:06:12 AM

  22. Do you think GLAAD, being simply a group where people who say homophobic things can come to them, take a workshop on "diversity" and all is forgiven, became part of the problem of defamation? They provided a "cover" instead of a solution?

    Posted by: FunMe | May 18, 2013 1:41:39 AM

  23. Thanks for a job well done. Good luck in the future.

    Posted by: andrew | May 18, 2013 2:26:41 AM

  24. Thanks for a job well done. Good luck in the future.

    Posted by: andrew | May 18, 2013 2:26:41 AM

  25. David,

    As we say in the South when someone opens their mouth and spews out stupidty or bile, "God love him!" Yeah - how's that for some reverse patronizing? You lost ENDA not for Trans issues - you lost it because HRC sucked at its job. The irony is that the trans population don't need your stinking ENDA - they now have case law and an EEOC ruling establishing protections under Title VII for sex discrimination. Better advocacy work there. What you seem to refuse to acknowledge is that many trans people are gay and queer identified,and the GLB people are still too small a populaiton percentage to dicard anybody from the fight. Lastly - your common denominator is the outside oppressor. Trans folk, though, also have to deal with the likes of you. bTW - nice post for International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

    Posted by: southerngirl | May 18, 2013 9:30:04 AM

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