Former mayor of Tempe, Ariz., to head GLAAD
August 18 2005 12:00 AM ET
Neil G. Giuliano,
a former four-term mayor of Tempe, Ariz., was
named president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation on Wednesday. The 48-year-old Giuliano, who
will start on September 1, succeeds Joan Garry, who
stepped down from GLAAD in June after leading the
group for eight years. "During such a critical time for the
LGBT community, I am honored and excited to lead one
of our movement's most vital and respected
organizations," Giuliano said in a statement.
Tempe was the
largest city in America with an openly gay mayor during
Giuliano’s tenure, from 1996 to 2003. A progressive
Republican, Giuliano was endorsed by the Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund in each of his last three
campaigns. After winning his fourth term he beat a recall
effort spearheaded by antigay political organizers.
Giuliano spent 25
years at Arizona State University, where he served as
director for federal government relations, director for
community relations, and, most recently, as the
cochair of the final 2004 presidential debate, held at
ASU. "At a time when so much is at stake for LGBT
people, it is important to have a leader with the broad
vision and breadth of experience that Neil Giuliano
brings to the table," said Kate Kendell, executive
director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and
a member of GLAAD's search committee. "As someone who
works closely with GLAAD, I am elated by his appointment.
Neil's background in public office and deep
understanding of LGBT issues in our culture will be
invaluable to GLAAD as it continues to work with the
media to serve our diverse LGBT community and reach the
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