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    LGBT Media Advocacy Group, GLAAD, Names Sarah Kate Ellis New President

    GLAAD announced Ellis will begin her new role in January 2014.

    NEW YORK CITY — The national Board of Directors of GLAAD has elected Sarah Kate Ellis as the organization's new CEO and President, the LGBT media advocacy organization announced Monday.

    "We are excited to welcome Sarah Kate at a time when our community needs more of GLAAD's work in the media to share the stories that create real change," Steve Warren, National Co-Chair of GLAAD's Board of Directors, said in a statement.

    "While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey ahead," said Sarah Kate Ellis. "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."

    Ellis is a longtime LGBT rights advocate and award-winning executive in media. She is credited, according to GLAAD, with growing Real Simple magazine into one of Time Inc.'s most successful titles.

    She will assume the role of president and CEO in January 2014.