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Letter to the community: GLAD executive director to retire

My friend and colleague Lee Swislow has overseen GLAD with skill, finesse, and vision since 2005.

Lee will 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 much more.

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.

Fortunately, we have several more months to benefit from Lee's stellar leadership, and ample opportunity to express our gratitude for her years of incredible service.

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.


Dianne Phillips
President, board of directors
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)