Sarah Kate Ellis, an award-winning media exec and communications strategist who appeared on the cover of Time with her wife in April, has been named GLAAD’s new CEO and president, the watchdog organization announced today. Ellis (pictured right with wife Kristen Henderson and their children) will take over in January from Dave Montez, who assumed the role of acting president when Herndon Graddick stepped down in May.
“GLAAD’s unparalleled history in shifting American beliefs on LGBT families paved the way for our recent legal victories and will be instrumental in inspiring more and more Americans to stand with LGBT people and our families,” Steve Warren, National Co-Chair of GLAAD’s Board of Directors, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Sarah Kate at a time when our community needs more of GLAAD’s work in the media to share the stories that create real change.”
Ellis, a longtime outspoken advocate for LGBT equality, has already amassed an impressive media profile. With her wife she co-wrote a memoir in 2011 titled Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made. Among other achievements, the couple was featured on Time magazine’s “Gay Marriage Already Won” cover and were the subjects of The Huffington Post’s three-part documentary web series titled Here Come The Brides.
“While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey ahead,” Ellis said in statement released to the media today. “Together with our dedicated staff, I will push for a culture where everyone in the LGBT community is fully welcomed and respected by our neighbors. I look forward to leading GLAAD and creating a world where LGBT people and our families have the freedom to joyously — and openly — live a life they love.”
In case you need a reminder of the impact made on our culture by the good folks at GLAAD, watch the video below.