November 25, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
GLAAD announces new president

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GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. (Photo courtesy of GLAAD)

GLAAD on Monday announced media executive Sarah Kate Ellis will become the media watchdog’s next president.

Ellis is currently the senior vice president of global marketing at Martini Media, which specializes in online branding and public relations. She previously worked at Time Inc. where she co-chaired the publisher’s LGBT employee organization.

Ellis and her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, are also the first same-sex couple to get married at an Episcopal church in New York.

“While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey,” Ellis said. “Together with our dedicated staff, I will push for a culture where everyone in the LGBT community is fully welcomed and respected by our neighbors. I look forward to leading GLAAD and creating a world where LGBT people and our families have the freedom to joyously — and openly — live a life they love.”

Jenny Boylan, co-chair of the GLAAD Board of Directors, applauded Ellis.

“Sarah Kate is a new kind of leader, one that will take the LGBT movement into the next decade and beyond,” Boylan said.

Ellis will succeed former GLAAD President Herndon Graddick who resigned in May.

She will formally take the helm of the media watchdog in January.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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