Monday, March 26, 2007

GLAAD Responds to Criticisms Over Media Awards Nomination Policies

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Neil Giuliano issued a statement on Friday to respond to criticisms over its long-standing policy of excluding LGBT media outlets from its annual Media Awards.

Giuliano's statement explains GLAAD's reasoning behind the policy and he further discusses it with New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters []. Giuliano, in particular, said GLAAD is "always open to having conversations with all the key stakeholders in the broader LGBT movement" in the context of this policy. Fine. But a leading LGBT organization cannot send an exclusionary message to the community of which its own mission statement claims to work on behalf if it hopes to maintain its credibility. This statement indicates GLAAD's leadership is clearly worried about how this controversy may affect its image and hopefully a meaningful change in its current policy will result.

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