Herndon Graddick is the new president
of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the
group announced Saturday.
Graddick currently serves as GLAAD's
vice president of programs and communications.
“Herndon is already a well-respected
leader within the LGBT movement, and we believe will be a visionary
and strategic leader for GLAAD's culture-changing work,” Sheri
Fults, national co-chair of GLAAD's board of directors, said in a
“Right now GLAAD and our partners in
the LGBT movement are making a significant difference at a time when
a difference needs to be made,” said Graddick. “I look forward
to working with our dedicated staff to create a culture where there
is a welcoming and respected space for LGBT Americans. GLAAD's work
with the media to inspire Americans to speak out against anti-LGBT
actions and support equality is needed today more than ever.”
GLAAD began a nation-wide search for a
replacement to former head Jarrett Barrios 9 months ago. Barrios
stepped down in June amid allegations of influence peddling. Six
board members also tendered their resignations.