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Statement by GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano on 2008 Elections

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NEW YORK, November 5, 2008 — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today called on the nation’s media to examine the intersection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and issues, the results of the 2008 elections and the post-election landscape.

“This election represents a critical moment for our nation and both celebration and disappointment for our community’s pursuit of fairness and equality,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “After eight years of an administration that fed on the most divisive kinds of anti-gay politics, we are now able to greet a president-elect whose commitment to inclusion has the potential to elevate and fundamentally redefine the national discussion about our community.”

“However, we are disappointed and disheartened by results in Arkansas, Arizona and Florida, where we saw laws passed that are intended to hurt loving, committed couples and families,” Giuliano added. “As we await the final results of our movement’s unprecedented fight to defeat Proposition 8 in California, we celebrate Connecticut voters rejection of a measure on the ballot that could have endangered marriage equality in that state.”

“Fair, accurate and inclusive media representations of our lives have opened millions of Americans’ eyes to the common ground that we all share,” Giuliano said. “In this moment of mixed emotions, we affirm that common ground and call on our nation’s media to do the same- as we look to a future of both challenge and opportunity for all Americans.”