After championing for fair treatment of gays in organizations such as Boys Scouts of America as well as incorporating transgender and bisexual individuals into GLAAD’s overall mission, president Herndon Graddick is resigning from the LGBT organization.
In the organization’s official press release, Graddick spoke highly of the organization and the time he put into it.
“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.”
GLAAD’s Chief of Staff Dave Montez is currently Acting President and will support and lead staff in Dallas as the Boy Scouts of America vote on whether the ban on gay scouts will be lifted.
GLAAD Board of Directors Chair Thom Reilly spoke about Graddick’s departure.
“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.”
“GLAAD makes a great impact and the Board has complete confidence that Dave’s proven leadership in building coalitions across diverse communities, advocating for lasting change, as well as fundraising for social justice causes will continue to forward the work of GLAAD in his role as Acting President.”
The Board is expected to meet sometime next week to plan their next steps.
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