Not long after Herndon Graddick took the helm of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), at a time of deep uncertainty for the organization, the former TV producer did something that many LGBTs had been waiting years for. Graddick chastised news outlets for allowing vehemently anti-gay activists onto the air without contextualizing who they were or why their comments were relevant to an issue.
For many, Graddick has come to represent a new era for GLAAD, which found itself embroiled in controversy in June 2011 after news broke that the organization endorsed an AT&T/ T-Mobile merger after accepting money from AT&T. But staff turnover, including that of the president, has signaled change at GLAAD.
Graddick recently passed through Chicago and took a few moments to talk with Windy City Times about what LGBTs can expect from the organization in the coming months.