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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. 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

  2. This is sad news. GLAAD lost a lot of credibility and support during Jarrett Barrios' tenure as president. I think that Herndon was doing a great job in bringing back GLAAD's relevance.

    On the trans debate, while we all need to be allies, I somewhat agree with David. The recent focus of a lot of gay organizations on trans issues has muddied the waters and shifted the focus away from core missions. I think trans folk would be better served by starting their own organizations that focus on their unique issues and needs.

    Posted by: PeteP | May 18, 2013 12:08:02 PM

  3. Herndon is a good man. Something likely happened within the organization. He's not a quitter. He's a fighter.

    Posted by: JAMES B. | May 19, 2013 12:44:45 AM

  4. So how many past president have there been in the past 10 years, Anyone ever consider it might have something to do with the Board?

    Posted by: EJC | May 19, 2013 6:58:27 PM

  5. I have never understood the Trans issue as having anything at all to do with being gay . it's not ...

    Posted by: MarkBoston | May 20, 2013 12:32:07 AM

  6. This guy is out because the stench of giving Bill Clinton an award just was too powerful to overlook.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | May 20, 2013 8:50:13 AM

  7. As to, "How many presidents has GLAAD had in the last decade?"

    The answer: 8

    Joan Gerry 1997-2005
    Julie Anderson (interm) 2005
    Neil Giuliano 2005-2008
    Michael Durnil (interm) 2008-2009
    Jarrett Barrios 2009-2011
    Mike Thompson (interm) 2011-2012
    Herndon Graddick 2012-2013
    Dave Montez (interm) 2013-

    Posted by: Adam | May 20, 2013 6:22:35 PM

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