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.

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  • Cam

    Thank the heavens that the community is finally….FINALLY holding it’s organizations responsible for what they claim is their mandate.

    Groups like GLAAD and HRC were so lazy, just getting paid, and doing as little as possible, or worse, occaisionslly working against the community in favor of their paid corporate masters.

    The fact that the head of GLAAD thought he could get away with taking the side of people who were not helping the community just because he got money from then shows just how far these organizations had sunk.

    Good for the community for holding the organizations feet to the fire, and good luck to GLAAD in it’s attempt to reinvent it’s relevence. I would love to have an organization that actually does what it is supposed to representing the community.

  • Dave

    “Worse than useless” seems about right. We *do* need a media watchdog organization that looks out for our community’s interests. Instead, we have GLAAD, who for years have been nothing but shakedown artists and thugs whose main concern is not what’s said about gay people, but about how best to turn it into cash in their own coffers.

    This latest scandal proves once again that their self-appointed role of dispenser of gay approval is just as much for sale as it had always been.

  • j

    Well written article queerty. :)

  • Spike

    Just a little bit of back pedaling after being ‘overly-harsh’ Queerty?!!? Esp following 6 members of the Board resigning??? Any of your highly intelligent and in touch staff members willing to step up and be on the Board? I’m guessing not.

    Funny how on the one hand you believe . . . 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.” And when this is one, and only one, albeit it not perfect, you do everything possible to tear it down.

  • Daniel Villarreal

    @Spike: Yeah Spike. We all applied to be on the board, they just haven’t gotten back to us yet. And part of our master plan to tear down GLAAD involves giving them 4 suggestions to improve their reputation—how dastardly of us.

  • Lars Eighner

    Net neutrality?

    Sorry, I was expecting something more to the point.

    Trying to scrub the gay off is not combating stereotypes. It’s just back to the closets. Assimilationism is a steaming pile of crap. Sure it is easier if Jack & Karen are the comic sidekicks to Will & Grace because Will is straight and selling straights to straights is a piece of cake.

    Shoving the drag queens off the red carpet is internalize homophobia, and that is the number one GLADD needs to confront. The world is already a relatively safe place for “straight acting” “straight appearing” people. Why the hell can’t GLADD defend gay people and gay culture as they ARE, instead of trying to make gay over in the straight

    Until queer faggots get the same respect and attention from GLADD as macho athletes who want to marry someone of the same sex and have babies, GLADD is simply a tool of continuing oppression.

  • QJ201

    GLAAD (and the HRC) should stop being so obsessed with access to power and kissing up to people and focus on doing actual work that benefits our community and hold those in power accountable for their anti-LGBT attitudes, policies and actions.

  • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

    Who knew GLAAD had an image to protect in the first place?
    I thought they just marching behind the Dykes on Bikes in Pride Parades.

  • TMikel

    These are all excellent ideas. Now, will GLAAD put them into action?

  • Jeffree

    Now that Coronado’s on his way out, I hope GLAAD & Queerty will hit hard on Net Neutrality. The LGBT press needs to highlight how & why this is such an important issue. Limiting or Blocking access to content on Queer topics (and other social issues) would curtail grassroots efforts to effect change.

    I hope to hear more about net neutrality so we’re collectively aware of what’s at stake.

  • Eagledancer

    GLAAD has a lot of internal work to do as well. There was a mention of recruiting People of Color to be “national spokespeople” for GLAAD when the agency wants to trot out someone who isn’t a Caucasian as the majority of their staff. But in the application form, the first question asked is one’s ethnicity–and American Indian/Native American isn’t listed as an option. As an American Indian, I don’t exactly feel welcomed. The application form had a number of related omissions and just plain errors,, where I can’t help wondering how useful the training is the agency provides all these folks “under the radar.”

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