Well that was a short run. The LGBT new media ‘rapid response’ arm of Media Matters launched in 2010, Equality Matters, is losing two key members of its team — President Richard Socarides and its Editorial Director, Kerry Eleveld. The official statements:
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to lead Equality Matters during its first year. I’ve decided to return full time to New York and my law practice and activism there, at the end of the year, This has been an amazing year for our communities and LGBT rights. We have accomplished a lot this year, but have so much more to do. I look forward to being a part of it.”
“I’m particularly proud of the work I’ve done during my fellowship at Equality Matters. I am grateful that I was given the chance to focus on in-depth reporting about serious issues affecting the LGBT community — and also to publish in places like The Washington Post, The Atlantic and The Daily Beast. In the New Year, I look forward to working full time on a book about the past several years in LGBT history.”
David Brock, founder, Media Matters:
“When we launched our Equality Matters initiative at the end of 2010, we were convinced that additional and focused resources in our core expertise areas — correcting conservative misinformation plus training and communications — could be put to use to help take advantage of a potentially historic and transformative moment in gay rights. One year later, we know we were right.
We are proud of what we have accomplished in our first year and remain firmly committed to continuing this effort next year and beyond.
I am very grateful to have Richard Socarides lead this initiative in its first year. Having someone of his intellect, stature, and experience was a significant factor in our first year success. He will continue, I am sure, to have major impact in our fight for a progressive country and I will continue to rely on his advice and counsel.”
Prior to their stint at Equality Matters, Socarides served as a former domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, and Kerry Eleveld was the award-winning ace Washington correspondent for The Advocate.