Audio Interview Length: 21:44
In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with Jarrett Barrios about what he hopes to accomplish in his new position as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and his vision for the future of LGBT civil rights in America. Barrios will begin his tenure at GLAAD in September 2009. LGBT advocate and author David Mixner said "The selection by GLAAD of Jarrett Barrios to lead them in their invaluable work is simply brilliant. As an openly gay man, a father, husband, former legislator and son of immigrants from Cuba, no one understands more than Jarrett what is at stake in this powerful moment in our history." Barrios brings an enormous amount of experience to our LGBT community. A former member of both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate, Barrios was a key player in the passage of gay marriage in Massachusetts. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge of what it takes to educate and achieve basic civil rights for our LGBT community. GLAAD’s mission of “Changing Hearts and Minds” has found a great advocate and voice to attain their goal in Jarrett. When asked what his hopes are for our LGBT community in the Obama administration, Barrios simply answered, "Full Equality. Full protections for our LGBT families in marriage, the military, the workplace, health benefits and providing safe schools for our LGBT youth."
Barrios is married to communications consultant and Democratic political operative Doug Hattaway. They have two sons.
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