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GLAAD’s new president Herndon Graddick: ‘I think that it’s time for our community to go on the offensive’

The GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night were about a lot more than Cher’s big afro wig!

It was such an emotional night as we heard from Jennifer Tyrell who got kicked out as den mom to her son’s scout troop because she is a lesbian.

We also heard from the family of Jamey Rodemayer who killed himself at the age of 14 but not before establishing a moving connection with Lady Gaga.

There was just a very real quality to the evening and GLAAD’s new president, Herndon Graddick, set the tone with his very personal remarks, outspokenness and determination to be more proactive than ever in the battle for LGBT equality.

‘I think that it’s time for our community to go on the offensive,’ Graddick told me before the start of the dinner. ‘We’re not going to be the punching bags any more. … That we’re no longer the silent sort of invisible presence in our community.’

‘My ambition is for gay people and transgender people to be treated fairly in the media just like anybody else,’ he added. ‘I think it’s finally time for us to grab our power and really use it and make sure that we’re not sort of treated as second-class citizens anymore. I intend to do that in this role at GLAAD.’

Go over to Gay Star News to read about Graddick’s outstanding speech at the dinner and more!



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