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Boston Globe: Jarrett Barrios' exit from GLAAD 'a collision of pressures'

An account from The Boston Globe about events leading to the resignation last weekend of Fort Lauderdale-born GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios:

BY MARK ARSENAULT, The Boston Globe

001It seemed like an odd endorsement: a national gay advocacy group writing the federal government to support a proposed merger of cellphone companies.

The letter from Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, did just that, urging the Federal Communication Commission to approve the merger of telecom giants AT&T and T-Mobile. Gays and lesbians want “more access, faster service, and competitive pricing’’ in their mobile service, and “on all three counts, we believe the facts strongly favor the merger,’’ he wrote.

The May 31 letter did not mention that AT&T is a major financial supporter.

Criticized by gay media and bloggers and accused of trading the endorsement for donations, Barrios, a former Massachusetts state senator, resigned his post over the weekend.

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