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04/19/2007


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.


GLAAD President Joins CNN to Discuss Expectations the Pope Might Inspire Shift on Gay Issues: VIDEO

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CNN's Carol Costello welcomed Catholics United Executive Director James Salt and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Thursday morning to talk about Pope Francis and whether or not a shift is expected on gay issues.

Graddick reacted to his statement yesterday that he hoped that a new Pope might signal a shift in attitudes:

"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."

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America's Sports Teams 'Go Purple' To Fight Homophobic Bullying

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Tomorrow's Spirit Day is going to be huge this year. GLAAD announced this afternoon that all six major American sports leagues — the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, Major League Baseball teams, Major League Soccer and Nascar's diversity program — are all participating in the annual event to help combat bullying.

In addition to "going purple" by adopting the day's official color, the various teams and organizations will be using their social media outlets to send pro-inclusion tweets, updates and other messages of support.

"From sports leagues to faith institutions to national monuments, schools and celebrities, millions of Americans will unite this week in an unprecedented show of support for LGBT youth and in a stand against bullying," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a press release. "At a time when 8 out of 10 LGBT youth report being harassed at school, it’s now more important than ever that we let every young person know that it’s okay to be who you are."

But it's not just sports teams who are spreading the Spirit Day love. All of Viacom's brands and channels, including MTV, VH1 and BET, are participating, as are NBC Universal's holdings and television hosts on Access Hollywood, E! News and Chelsea Handler will wear purple on Chelsea Lately. And that's really just the tip of the iceberg: the entire list is basically a solar system of celebrities, something that would have been unheard of in the not-so-distant past.

Still no word on whether President Obama and Mitt Romney will heed Katy Butler's call and "go purple" as well, but you sure should. And supporters are also being encouraged to donate to GLAAD, the education-focused GLSEN and suicide prevention group The Trevor Project by texting "purple" to 80888.

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A Peek Behind the Scenes at GLAAD: VIDEO

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The Gill Foundation takes a look behind the scenes at the anti-defamation watchdog.

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