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Four Things GLAAD Should Do To Restore Their Image Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: The originally published version of this article erroneously stated that the ex-GLAAD Board member Troup Coronado currently sits on the Board of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). This is incorrect.

Mr. Coronado did serve on the APLA Board from 2008 to January, 2011, when he departed. He is not currently a member of their Board of Directors, nor is he formally associated with AIDS Project Los Angeles.

We apologize to the ALPA and to our readers for our error.

If you hadn’t heard GLAAD’s President Jarrett Barrios resigned. Why, you ask? For a handful of reasons: thoughtlessly speaking out in favor of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, throwing his assistant under the bus while repeatedly lying about his FCC letter opposing Net Neutrality, not defending against serious accusations made on Michael Signorile’s radio show.

And this morning six of the organization’s board members also resigned. We could go on speculating why, but why bother?

I’ve been unfairly harsh on GLAAD in the past. They’re not “worse than useless.” In fact, the queer community needs a media organization dedicated to “empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.” Maybe now that Barrios isn’t getting in the organization’s way, GLAAD can actually continue promoting understanding, increasing acceptance, and advancing equality to their full ability.

But if GLAAD really wants to recover from this whole shameful debacle surrounding Barrios and emerge as a stronger, more effective organization, here’s four things they need to start doing NOW.