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GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios Resigns in AT&T Gaywashing Scandal

6:58 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The president of GLAAD (essentially, the organization’s executive director) has resigned in the wake of the scandal about letters that went to the FCC over his signature, drafted by donor AT&T, that Barrios apparently neither read nor understood. which he then subsequently disavowed.

From Michaelangelo Signorile, who’s been all over this case from the beginning:

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 an email that Barrios did resign. This comes following the report earlier today from Ben Smith at Politico, that the executive committee of the board had voted to remove Barrios.

Signorile notes that while the LGBT movement has much to thank Jarrett Barrios for in his legislative accomplishments in Massachusetts as well as since then at GLAAD, the Board needs to ask for yet another resignation:

Jarrett Barrios has done much for the movement,certainly as a legislator in Massachusetts, and we should thank him for his service and wish him well. 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.

Bil Browning at Bilerico.com, which has also led on this story, also reports:

I’d said privately that GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios should resign over the recent controversy surrounding the group’s endorsement of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the discovery that he lied about his involvement in an anti-net neutrality letter wholly written by AT&T and sent to the FCC on his behalf, but now it’s official. GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro confirms that Jarrett Barrios has stepped down.

Ben Smith at Politico reported earlier today that the board’s executive committee met and voted in favor of firing the embattled leader.

Much more detailed reporting on this sad and tawdry episode is linked at Bilerico.com, for those who are catching up with it.

GLAAD Board Member Troup Coronado, AT&T Executive, Broke Rules at BellSouth Too

7:18 pm in LGBT by Teddy Partridge

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The AT&T/GLAAD gaywashing scandal proceeds apace. The AT&T-written letter GLAAD ‘president’ Jarrett Barrios submitted to the Federal Communications Commission is linked to former Orrin Hatch staffer and current AT&T lobbyist Mr Troup Coronado, GLAAD board member.

Lobbyist Mr Troup Coronado has a smarmy history that goes back to the bad, old days when Speaker Dennis Hastert and his now-felon deputy Tom Delay set the loosest ethics rules in the the history of the House of Representatives. Despite the looseness of those GOP rules, in early 2006, the Washington Post exposed their egregious violation by lobbyists after it obtained a spreadsheet from a BellSouth employee. This spreadsheet showed how many of the BellSouth DC lobbyists had violated Hastert’s lax ethics rules — so lax they resulted in the largest repudiation of a political party in modern political history later that fall.

On that BellSouth spreadsheet, which the named clerical employee provided to the WaPo because she was sick of the lying and hypocrisy of her employers, one name stood out among BellSouth’s lobbyists: Troup Coronado.

The Post obtained the document and some backup materials from Vicki A. Taylor, a BellSouth clerical worker who said she was outraged by the quantity of expenses that appeared to violate congressional rules as well as BellSouth expense policies. “It’s obscene. It’s wrong,” she said. “This is run-of-the-mill. It’s routine. And they think nothing of it.”

After the Post contacted BellSouth and congressional officials listed in the document, one of the company’s eight D.C. lobbyists, Troup Coronado, reimbursed BellSouth $1,093 for entertainment expenses he said were personal rather than lobbying-related this year for Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Tex.), Rep. Silverstre Reyes (D-Tex.) and Cindy Jimenez, adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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