GLAAD president Herndon Graddick resigns just 1 year after taking office

Herndon Graddick

Herndon Graddick

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media watchdog and advocacy organization, on Friday announced the resignation of President Herndon Graddick.

Herndon Graddick

Graddick’s announcement comes barely one year after after taking the helm at GLAAD; prior to ascending to the organization’s top post in April 2012, Graddick served as its Vice President of Programs and Communications since 2010.

“GLAAD is very grateful for Herndon’s work championing LGBT rights, especially his work on behalf of the trans community,” said GLAAD Board of Directors Chair Thom Reilly. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to wish him the best.”

“I’m proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff. I’m happy the role I was able to play in advancing the need for our community to fully support the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters,” said Graddick, in a statement.

GLAAD’s Chief of Staff Dave Montez is serving as Acting President.

The GLAAD Board of Directors is scheduled to meet later this month in New York City to determine next steps. A statement by the organization did not indicate a reason for Graddick’s departure.

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