GLAAD President Herndon Graddick resigns from organization

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Herndon Graddick of GLAAD has resigned as President of the LGBT media advocacy organization. 

“GLAAD is very grateful for Herndon’s work championing LGBT rights, especially his work on behalf of the trans community,” said GLAAD Board of Directors Chair Thom Reilly in a press release, issued early on Friday. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to wish him the best.”

Graddick was appointed President in April 2012, serving just over a year in the position which included a lengthy leave of absence. 

Rumors of his imminent departure have been circulating in recent months. His speech at the organization’s annual media awards in New York in March was described as “rambling” by the New York Times and “disjointed” by the Wall Street Journal. Graddick was not in attendance at the subsequent awards in Los Angeles or San Francisco earlier this month. 

Graddick is credited as having an influential hand in many of the organization’s initiatives, most notably his campaign calling for the Boy Scouts of America to end their ban on gay scouts and leaders. 

“I’m proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff,” said Graddick. “I’m happy the role I was able to play in advancing the need for our community to fully support the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters.”

Though the exact reasons for his departure are unknown, Graddick said, “I look forward to returning to a private life and supporting the fight from behind the scenes.”

In the meantime, GLAAD’s Chief of Staff Dave Montez is to serve as Acting President. He will lead GLAAD’s staff on the ground in Dallas next week as the Boy Scouts debate policy changes regarding gay scouts and leaders.

The GLAAD Board of Directors is scheduled to meet later this month in New York to determine next steps for the organization. 

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