Giuliano steps down from GLAAD

Posted on 28 Jan 2009 at 3:55pm

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced today that President Neil Giuliano is resigning to pursue personal interests. Giuliano, the former mayor of Tempe, Ariz., has been president of GLAAD since 2005. Read the full press release after the jump.

GLAAD ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT NEIL G. GIULIANO

Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 28, 2009 –  Neil Giuliano, the president of the Gay  & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), today announced his  resignation to pursue personal interests while completing his forthcoming book  about his public and political life. Giuliano has served as president since September 1, 2005 and will continue as president until a date to be announced  later this year. Prior to GLAAD, he  served for ten years as the mayor of Tempe, Arizona and had retired from a  25-year career as a university administrator and faculty associate at Arizona State University.

“I have informed the  national board of directors of my decision to step down as president later this  year and look forward to a successful and smooth transition of leadership for  GLAAD,” said Giuliano. “It’s been an honor and privilege to work professionally  in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality for  the last three and a half years. The  views of the American people on LGBT issues are clearly moving in the right  direction, toward supporting full equality, and it has been a great experience  to serve on the front lines, leading an amazing organization at such a  historical time in the movement.”

Under Giuliano’s  leadership, GLAAD’s budget has grown from $7.5M to $11M, with expanded  individual, corporate and foundation support for its media advocacy and  anti-defamation work on behalf of the LGBT community. Giuliano expanded GLAAD’s influence as a  national voice against the defamation gay people often face and began media  programs reaching out to young adults, communities of religion and faith, and  the vast sports media world while increasing GLAAD’s outreach and media  relations support to local, regional, statewide and other LGBT advocacy  organizations. GLAAD also acquired Queer Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival  in 2007 and will launch an advertising media program later in 2009 with the  assets of the former Commercial Closet Association. Giuliano’s tenure is also  marked by his focus on creating capacity and long-term sustainability for  GLAAD. Under his direction, GLAAD successfully completed the their 2003  strategic plan and in Fall 2008 announced a new five year plan to build on  awareness, support, volunteers, programs and results for the maturing organization  as a way to meet the growing expectation of its constituents and the greater  LGBT movement.

“These programmatic  areas are where GLAAD needs to be to further influence the culture and the  change hearts and minds of people with regard to full equality for gay and  transgender people” said Giuliano. “The growth and expansion of GLAAD’s  influence is due to the many stakeholders who support our work, especially  those serving on the National Board of Directors.”

Yvette Burton, the  Co-Chair of the GLAAD National Board of Directors said, “Neil has been a strong  leader for GLAAD and has advanced the organization significantly in the last  three years. He will leave GLAAD a better and more effective organization than  when he arrived and we appreciate his years of dedication and service.”  Added Co-Chair Laurie Perper, “The board of directors will begin conversations about this important leadership transition  period, and the search process for a new president, at our upcoming board  meeting February 6-8 in Los Angeles. This is a signature role in the movement  for LGBT equality and we are sure there will be great interest in this  opportunity.”

About GLAAD
The  Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting  and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events  in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on  gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.

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