Why would GLAAD send this bizarre letter to the the Federal Communications Commission?

We write to you as leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities who have come together to urge support for the AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Ours is a diverse community. LGBT Americans live in every town and city in our nation. During the past generation, we have grown more visible in our communities and have stepped forward to lead in many new areas—business, politics, education, the arts, philanthropy to name only a few. In short, the LGBT community is a mirror of America’s larger society and it is through that prism that we view this proposed merger. What our community wants in wireless phone and Internet service is exactly what Americans in general want: more access, faster service, and competitive pricing. On all three counts, we believe that the facts strongly favor the merger....

Thank you for your consideration of this letter and for keeping in mind the voices in the LGBT community as you consider, and hopefully approve, this merger.

Gee, maybe this is why. (PCMag thinks the merger would be a bad deal—disastrous—for consumers.)

UPDATE: There's a must-read post up by John over Americablog: GLAAD endorses AT&T/T-Mobile merger after AT&T screwed us in TN.

So why exactly is GLAAD, now, one week after we get screwed in Tennessee, in part by AT&T's own employee who was warned about this bill a good month ago and did nothing, writing public letters to the Obama administration on behalf of AT&T, on an issue that has nothing to do with gay or trans rights, for a company that outright refused to sign a joint letter to the governor of Tennessee calling for a veto of some of the most hateful anti-gay and anti-trans legislation of our time?

There's a lot of talk already that this is happening because AT&T underwrites the GLAAD awards, because the company has made monetary grants to GLAAD, and has a member on GLAAD's board. It certainly looks that way. How else to explain why our community is using up its limited political capital to weigh in on an issue that has nothing to do with the gay or trans communities, on behalf of a company that just recently did a lot of harm to both communities.

Go read the whole post. Jarrett Tomas Barrios is GLAAD's president. His email address is barrios@glaad.org.