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Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. According to the HRC, it has more than one million members and supporters. Its current president is Chad Griffin.

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Tax filings reveal funding for anti-LGBT NOM has dropped by over 50%

Monday, November 24, 2014
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014.. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.`
WASHINGTON -- The rapid advancement of marriage equality from 19 states to 35 in a matter of weeks has not translated into financial success for an organization whose self-proclaimed sole purpose is to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”

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Major U.S. companies advance policies for gay, transgender employees

Saturday, November 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The nation’s top companies and law firms are increasingly setting the standard for LGBT inclusion in the workplace, according to a report issued this week by the Human Rights Campaign. A record 366 businesses earned the Corporate Equality Index's top score of 100 percent this year. Those earning a perfect score include newcomers ...

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Co-founder of HRC, former boyfriend charged with felony sex abuse of minor

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A prominent gay rights activist who co-founded the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund, and his former boyfriend, have been arrested on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.

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U.S. cities advance LGBT inclusion, even where statewide equality remains elusive

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- At a time when many states continue to drag their feet on fully-inclusive LGBT laws and policies, the nation’s cities are stepping up in record numbers to ensure that all people are treated equally, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

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HRC launches first ever LGBT public education campaign in Mississippi

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Mary Jane Kennedy, mother to two gay sons speaks about her faith, her belief that God loves gays like everyone else and the need for people of faith especially in the Deep South, to envelop gays, lesbians, and transgender people, at her Brandon, Miss., home Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
BRANDON, Miss. -- Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are...

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Clinton keynotes HRC event: ‘Still barriers that need to be brought down’

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Bill Clinton speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Saturday commended LGBT rights activists for a string a victories that have brought marriage equality to a majority of states, and encouraged the LGBT community to continue its push to break down additional barriers. "I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast ...

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Human Rights Campaign backs use of daily HIV-prevention pill

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior...

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HRC awards grants to four schools for documentary promoting LGBT inclusion

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The educational arm of the nation's largest LGBT rights group is seeking to advance LGBT inclusion on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has teamed up with Promised Land Film to award $4,000 grants to four schools to allow them to use the documentary...

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Civil rights groups to RNC: GOP should stop associating with anti-gay groups

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of civil rights groups on Wednesday called on the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to urge party members to disassociate themselves from groups behind this week’s Values Voter Summit because of their relentless demonization of the LGBT community.

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Report: Bisexual youth face skepticism, harassment, struggle for acceptance

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON - A new report released Tuesday finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed by the organization identify as bisexual -- and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

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