Thursday, June 23, 2011

GLAAD Accepts Jarrett Barrios Resignation

The Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced their
acceptance of President Jarrett Barrios' resignation.
The Board of Directors will now begin to assemble an
Executive Search Committee to select a new President.
Barrios announced his resignation in an email to the
Board of Directors on Saturday, June 18 in the heat of
his endorsement of the AT&T / T-Mobile merger.
GLAAD's Board of Directors appointed Mike Thompson,
Chief Operating Officer, as Acting President of the org.
"While media often focus on GLAAD's high-profile efforts,
it is GLAAD's work on the ground & behind-the-scenes
that is needed today more than ever. GLAAD's strong
track record and ability to move our culture is a result
of Jarrett's & the staff's commitment & leadership & that
staff commitment will continue as we move forward”,
stated Mike Thompson, GLAAD's Acting President.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Jarrett Barrios said...

None of you at GLAAD have asked me to resign, and I have appreciated such confidence in me. I have been pained by the difficulties that have beset GLAAD over the last three weeks. As you know, they concern GLAAD's endorsement of the AT&T / T-Mobile merger--and inaccurate but effective characterizations that suggest GLAAD has supported this merger because of our relationship with them as a corporate sponsor. As many of you have observed to me, this entire situation is wrought with miscommunication and assumptions. Be that as it may, I respect the function and responsibility of my position, and know this is the right course of action.

Of utmost concern and foremost in all of our minds must be the well-being of GLAAD. The staff continues to work hard and does not deserve to work under a cloud, nor do they merit the distraction that it has become from our organization's fine brand.

June 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

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