My friend and colleague Lee Swislow has overseen GLAD with skill,
finesse, and vision since 2005.
Swislow will retire as GLAD's Executive Director when she turns 65
celebrate her 65th birthday next April, and when she does, she will
also embark on a new adventure: retirement.
Lee has led GLAD
to major advances in LGBT rights, from the spread of marriage equality
across New England to spearheading the fight to bring down the federal
Defense of Marriage Act, to winning the right of transgender people to
deduct transition-related medical expenses from their taxes, to name
only a few recent victories.
And if you've
had the opportunity to talk to Lee over the past eight years, you know
that she brings incredible wisdom, patience, and passion to her role in
guiding GLAD's critical work.
As I work with my fellow board members to plan a
thoughtful search for our next Executive Director, I am both sad to see
Lee go and excited for the future.
Our next leader will guide GLAD into a new era, as we attack ongoing
and vitally important issues, such as transgender rights, the quality
of life of LGBTQ youth and elders, ending the scourge of HIV, and so
I know we will
find exactly the right person to lead GLAD's next phase. And with the
work of our dedicated, talented staff - and your invaluable ongoing
support - we will continue our strong and steady progress toward our shared
goal of equal justice under law for all.
have several more months to benefit from Lee's stellar leadership, and
ample opportunity to express our gratitude for her years of incredible
Please join me
in thanking Lee for all she's done for GLAD and for our community - and
in wishing her well as she prepares for this next adventure.