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.