Adam Polaski

Troup Coronado Resigns from Equality California

Filed By Adam Polaski | June 25, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: AT&T, Equality California, Geoff Kors, GLAAD, Jim Carroll, task force, Troup Coronado

EQCA.gifTroup Coronado, the former AT&T lobbyist who's been at the center of the unfolding scandal of LGBT organizations taking actions that benefit AT&T, has resigned from the Equality California Institute Board of Directors. News of his departure came on Friday afternoon, a day after his resignation from GLAAD.

Board President Cathy Schwamberger made a statement about the resignation:

Troup Coronado has voluntarily resigned from the Equality California Institute Board of Directors. We thank him for his years of board service, his generosity and his commitment to the LGBT community.

On Wednesday, Equality California's interim executive director Jim Carroll withdrew a letter from Oct. 2009 filed by then-executive director Geoff Kors that opposed net neutrality. With Coronado's resignation and the withdrawal of the letter, it looks like Equality California, who did not endorse the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, is taking steps to correct its mistakes.

Coronado was working with AT&T to secure support for the AT&T/T-Mobile mega-merger from LGBT organizations. His influence has been reported in several of the organizations' endorsement of the merger, and it can also be tracked back to 2009, when GLAAD, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and Equality California filed letters with the FCC opposing net neutrality. Net neutrality, an important principle that prohibits Internet service providers from arbitrarily restricting access to certain networks, websites, or types of content, is essential for preserving the openness of the Internet.

Coronado's rocky history with the LGBT community has also surfaced in the last few weeks. He's helped put Bush judges on the bench, and he's worked with the conservative, anti-gay Heritage Foundation. And yet despite that, he worked his way into high-ranking positions with several LGBT organizations. It's great that he's no longer on the GLAAD and Equality California boards, but are these organizations making policy changes to stop a fiasco like this happening again? And will Coronado - who has been politely thanked by GLAAD and Equality California - be held accountable for his actions?

Catch up on the controversy with previous coverage from The Bilerico Project:


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This is an example that we don't always know who our "friends" are. So, when you find people that you trust, try to be patient when you have differences with them...people who really understand are jewels, and deserve to be treated as such...those who aren't...I can't spend my time worrying about them.

I was struck with how chummy the departing and remaining board members and head of GLAAD were as Barrios, and what was it, 8 board members including Coronado?, resigned from their posts. They were so tight and into protecting each other, they didn't have a single bad word to say about one another. (The differing, scandal-unrelated reasons given by at least 6 board members for their departure were also suspect.) I can't help thinking about the level of cronyism that suggested and wonder how exclusive and self-selecting the board of GLAAD is, and how true that is of our other big gay groups. (I say gay rather than LGBT because it isn't clear to me how well any of them represent transgender people -- or for that matter bisexual people -- or lesbians -- or anyone who isn't an affluent or rich white gay man.) I've been leery for some time of GLAAD's praising and even giving awards to television series that have significant anti-gay content along with what is pro-gay. I have to wonder if GLAAD is afflicted with the West Coast version of HRC's obsession with access to Washington politicians at whatever cost: a need to schmooze with big Hollywood people. (I haven't seen anything in the news about top GLAAD people hanging out with Hollywood people, so I don't know if there's anything at all to this.)

Class does seem to override, but then, no liberal wants to hear a red tory winging about class conflict.

Good riddance to that worthless bigot.

Those who resigned, other than Coronado, said they did so because of concerns about GLAAD's ability to follow conflict of interest standards. Remember that Coronado was still choosing to remain on the Board when they resigned. The two co-chairs were also choosing to remain, and they still are. One of the co-chairs is a straight woman who had the forward written for her book by someone vocally against equality for gay people. The other co-chair, according to another site is is a Conservative Republican with a history with Troup Coronado... "a guy named scott e. miller and his glaad bio mentions his work for president george herbert walker bush:

Earlier in his career, Scott served in the George H.W. Bush administration in Washington, D.C. He worked at the U.S. Department of Labor in the areas of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity, and later at The White House in Presidential Personnel where he recruited individuals for political appointments within the administration. Scott earned his bachelors degree in communications with a focus in public relations from the University of Alabama in 1988. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.

source:
http://www.glaad.org/board/scottmiller

miller also served on the board of SF's now-defunct academy of friends. search the BAR archives for the recent history on AOF. miller left the AOF board before the group collapsed. BAR articles are here:
ebar.com"

While we are looking for answers to what happened with GLAAD, I agree with others that it is fair and necessary to ask what the co-chairs knew, and when they knew it.