Troup 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: