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Barrios quits GLAAD leadership post

June 20, 2011

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Former Massachusetts state senator Jarrett Barrios resigned as the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday, after being criticized for the organization’s recent endorsement of telecommunication giant AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile, according to Politico. On May 31, in a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Barrios, of Cambridge, said a merger was in the best interest of the gay community. Criticism arose after it was revealed that AT&T had previously donated $50,000 to the gay rights organization, according to Politico. Rich Ferraro, a GLAAD spokesman, told Politico that the sponsorship had nothing to do with GLAAD’s backing. Barrios, 42, served in the Massachusetts Legislature from 1999 to until 2007.