Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Six GLAAD Board Members Resign

In the wake of the AT&T gaywashing scandal and the resignation of GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios, six GLAAD board members, including American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, have also resigned, reports Politico:

Six board members of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have resigned amid the fallout over the organization's letter in support of AT&T’s proposed bid for wireless rival T-Mobile, a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

Some board members were said to have resigned because of concerns that GLAAD failed to adhere to its conflict of interest standards and to protest GLAAD's failure to protect its president, Jarrett Barrios, who submitted his letter of resignation to the group Saturday amid a growing backlash in the gay blogosphere over the group's AT&T stance.

Most of the six are Barrios loyalists whom he'd installed, including Gary Bitner, p.r. guy whom the board insisted come on my show with Barrios (a request I refused). Not on the list, however, is Troup Coronado, the Republican former Orrin Hatch staffer and AT&T executive on the board who pushed for the backing of the merger and the net neutrality letter (and has helped put antigay judges on the bench.) The board now must act to remove him. And he must step down from the boards of other groups, including Equality California, or be removed.