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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
GLAAD president resigns as scandal stirs
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GLAAD president resigns as scandal stirs

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), resigned over the weekend amidst criticism for sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of a pending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

While it is not uncommon for LGBT organizations to throw support behind a business or company that is pro-Gay, a brouhaha began after XM radio host Michelangelo Signorile repeatedly questioned the connection between GLAAD and AT&T because the company is one of the media watchdog's donors.

'What our community wants in wireless phone and internet services is exactly what Americans in general want: more access, faster service, and competitive pricing,' Barrios wrote to the FCC in a letter dated May 31. 'On all three counts, we believe that the facts strongly favor the merger.'

AT&T reportedly gave the Gay rights group a $50,000 donation before the group sent the letter to the FCC supporting a pending merger with T-Mobile.

'The GLAAD board has received Jarrett Barrios' resignation letter and discussed this among other topics on our call,' the board said in a statement issued today about its future. 'We expect at our next board meeting & to reach a conclusion on all issues so that Mr. Barrios can begin to help the board manage transition and bring on his successor.'

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