Snapshots: GLAAD's new president, banning "ex-gay" therapy, & Harvey Milk

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GLAAD announced Sarah Kate Ellis as our new president and CEO. Sarah Kate--author, communications strategist, and award-winning media executive--has been a notable innovator in a previous position with Real Simple, which she grew into one of Time Inc.'s most successful magazines, as well as in her work with OUT, Vogue, InStyle, New York, and House & Garden. Prior to joining GLAAD's team in January 2014, Sarah Kate served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media. She is active in her local communities and leader in her professional fields. Meet Sarah Kate here.

Alec Fischer is launching a campaign to ban dangerous "ex-gay" therapy for minors in Minnesota, and GLAAD is helping elevate his cause. Alec started a petition, calling on the Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, as well as state legislators, to pass a ban on "ex-gay" therapy. So far, the petition has garnered over 75,000 signatures, as well as significant media attention in Minnesota. GLAAD helped Alec prepare to share his campaign with a wide audience, is pitching Alec's story to the media, and is encouraging people to sign the petition. Read more here.

One of GLAAD's newly-elected board members, Anthony Watson, used the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk to remind the LGBT community how much further it has to go. In Pink News UK, Watson talked about why serving on GLAAD's Board of Directors was important for him, especially at this time of incredible advancement and new struggle for the LGBT community: "I think it’s so very important that we all give, both with our time and with our money, to help the remarkable work so many of these organizations do to dismantle oppression and build support for full equality." Read more here.

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