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GLAAD Appoints
First African-American Woman as Co-Chair

GLAAD Appoints
First African-American Woman as Co-Chair

On October 15, GLAAD announced that Yvette Burton was elected co-chair of its national board of directors. Burton, a global business executive with IBM, has served on GLAAD's board since January 2005.

On October 15, GLAAD announced that Yvette Burton was elected co-chair of its national board of directors. Burton, a global business executive with IBM, has served on GLAAD's board since January 2005.

"We are thrilled to have the leadership experience of someone of Yvette's caliber at the helm of our organization," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said in the press release. "The talent and diverse expertise of our board has always been one of GLAAD's key assets. Yvette and all of our officers bring an immeasurable breadth of knowledge, passion, and commitment to advancing equality necessary in our advocacy efforts to tackle homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination across the country."

As an activist, Burton has been involved with numerous LGBT social service and advocacy organizations. She recently served as conference co-chair for the Out and Equal National Summit, which gathered 2,300 executives supporting LGBT employee resource groups, and was a founding director of the Audre Lorde Project in New York City, a social service agency for LGBT people of color. Burton was also a board member of the Empire State Pride Agenda and a former director for lesbian health for New York City. She holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems from the Fielding Institute and a master's in criminal and procedural law from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and work with such an outstanding board and staff as the co-chair of GLAAD," said Burton in the release. "GLAAD's work in media advocacy, fighting defamation, and changing hearts and minds is a vital component of our movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender full equality." (The Advocate)

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