Update 7:11 pm via The Gist:
Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, has just sent the board of GLAAD his resignation letter. A statement will be going out from GLAAD tonight, but GLAAD confirmed in it an email Barrios did resign…..Now, all the hard-working activists at GLAAD,many of whom are friends and colleagues of mine, can get back to working for LGBT rights without this distraction. The GLAAD board now must remove Troup Coronado from the board. And it has much more to do in looking at the future of the organization
Jarret Barrios the president of the organization Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has come under fire as of late because of GLAAD who received money from AT&T issued public statements supporting AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile and to the FCC opposing possible net neutrality rules.
The executive committee has now voted in favor of removing Barrios, who has refused to resign. Barrios may now take the issue to the full board of directors which also just happens to have an employee of AT&T who sits on it. (But there’s no news of HIM resigning)
Barrios’ ousting would be a great thing for the put upon organization which has lost almost all credibility and respect of the LGBT Community because of its glitzy facade and lack of work on real media issues.
Barrios who was hired by the Board of Directors in June 2009 was at one time a Massachusetts state legislator but had absolutely no experience or background in communications and/or media and was hired at a salary of 350 thousand dollars a year.
Last November when Barack Obama chose instead of lobbying his millions of supporters to help keep Maine’s gay marriage law alive, he was asking everyone to support New Jersey’s (since un-elected) Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign. But now we find out that two days later, who was he inviting over for a movie date? Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and her partner Margaret Conway. Maybe this is a Gay Inc. leader’s reward for not once lobbying your own supporters to try to get the White House involved in Maine’s marriage battle, and not even mentioning the president’s name in your day-after-the-loss press release about how gay Mainers could’ve benefited from an Obama assist.
Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that there is a huge disconnect between the politically affiliated gays and the rest of us on the street and that Rea Carey of the NGLTF, Joe Solmonese of HRC and the rest of Gay Inc. have NO incentive to make actual progress. And that their true incentive is to continue the “struggle” so they can continue to receive their salaries and expense accounts
Thanks to Michael Petrelis of The Petrelis Files
HRC’s Namby Pamby Passive Agressive Statement:
“Today, the House Rules Committee released the reconciliation bill through which it will vote on the measure that passed the Senate in December. We are deeply disappointed that, after months of lobbying for their inclusion, important measures specifically addressing the needs of LGBT people and people with HIV – ending the unfair taxation of employer-provided domestic partner health benefits, permitting states to offer early HIV treatment under Medicaid, collecting critical health data on LGBT people and addressing discrimination in health care – are not a part of this bill. On a mixed note, this bill restores $50 million to fund failed abstinence-only sex education programs, but also provides $75 million for comprehensive programs that also address the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. According the House leadership, a vote on this measure is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. While we are saddened that the House has abandoned provisions that would make care more accessible and affordable to our community, we recognize that the health reform measure will still help all Americans, including LGBT people.”
The HRC truly IS a useless organization for lobbying. Now I don’t think the healthcare bill should go down because it lacks these inclusions but HRC’s purpose isn’t to cheerlead for healthcare reform for all. It is to lobby on behalf of the LGBT community…period.
It’s time to PROTEST HRC’s Headquarters in Washington and DEMAND they fire Solonese and that The Board resign and be replaced by REAL LGBT Advocates and Activists.
It’s sadly really hit that point. We need to overthrow them.