GLAAD withdraws support for AT&T/T-Mobile

In the wake of controversy that led to the resignation of former Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Jarrett Barrios, the gay rights organization has formally backed away from its support of AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile and reemphasized its commitment to network neutrality.

In a letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission, GLAAD withdrew its support for the pending AT&T deal with T-Mobile and returns the “organization to a neutral position with respect to the deal.” The same letter, written by Mike Thompson, GLAAD acting president, also included a strong statement of support for the tenets of net neutrality. “A rigorous review process considered GLAAD’s unique mission and concluded that while AT&T has a strong record of support for the LGBT community, the explanation used to support this particular merger was not sufficiently consistent with GLAAD’s work to advocate for positive and culture-changing LGBT stories and images in the media,” Thompson said.

GLAAD withdraws support for AT&T/T-Mobile GLAAD (read GLAAD's ltr)