Will GLAAD dissolve over AT&T gaffe?

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is in hot water over its support of AT&T, which donated $50,000 to the nonprofit group.

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At least one former board member is calling for the organization to dissolve.

“The brand name has been so tarnished at this point that it can’t be revived even if you could find a way to go in and replace the board and the president,” former GLAAD co-chair Laurie Perper said. “I’m of the opinion that the organization needs to go away and stop using gay dollars.”

GLAAD offered a letter on May 31 to the FCC supporting AT&T’s $39 billion purchase of its wireless competitor. GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios signed the letter on behalf of GLAAD, along with Justin Nelson, president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The letter said in part:

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