The controversy that prompted the resignation of GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios has widened to include the departures of six members of the group’s board of directors. Politico reports:
Six board members of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have resigned amid the fallout over the organization’s letter in support of AT&T’s proposed bid for wireless rival T-Mobile, a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO. Some board members were said to have resigned because of concerns that GLAAD failed to adhere to its conflict of interest standards and to protest GLAAD’s failure to protect its president, Jarrett Barrios, who submitted his letter of resignation to the group Saturday amid a growing backlash in the gay blogosphere over the group’s AT&T stance. Barrios had signed the letter GLAAD sent to the FCC in support of the wireless mega-deal.