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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ExxonMobil: Evolve already on LGBT workplace protections

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DALLAS — The Dallas Morning News on Thursday weighed in on ExxonMobil’s 13-year refusal to add workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
HRC headquarters

Bomb threat prompts evacuations at D.C. offices of LGBT advocacy groups

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Offices of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters and a building that houses the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and several other prominent LGBT advocacy groups were evacuated Tuesday afternoon following a bomb scare. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

National Organization for Marriage claims IRS illegally released tax records

Thursday, April 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Thuesday released documents claiming that their confidential U.S. tax returns containing private donor information were illegally obtained by a source within the Internal Revenue Service and were handed over to NOM's political enemies, particularly the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

Anti-gay group calls for federal probe of HRC, IRS

Friday, April 6, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the anti-gay group leading efforts to oppose same-sex marriage laws, is calling for a federal investigation of the Human Rights Campaign and the IRS. [ Read more → ]

Calling all Black people: NOM wants to use you

Sunday, April 1, 2012
Black folks, this is a message for you: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the country’s preeminent group fighting against same-sex marriage, really, really likes you. They even want to make some of you famous! Have NOM’s principal leaders, former president Maggie Gallagher and current leader Brian S. Brown, stood up for African Americans before? Well, not so much. But it turns out that they’ve decided that you’re actually very important. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s PAC secretly donated $10,000 to anti-gay NOM

Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Documents sent to the Human Rights Campaign and released Friday reveal that Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney confidentially donated $10,000 to the National Organizational for Marriage via the Alabama chapter of his political action committee, “Free and Strong America.” [ Read more → ]

The GLAAD Wrap: ‘Bully’ film opens, Matt Bomer on ‘Glee,’ Lambda literary awards

Friday, March 30, 2012
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend. [ Read more → ]

More pressure on Obama to bar workplace discrimination

Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of an executive order barring discrimination against LGBT federal workers were buoyed this week by the results of a new poll showing that 73 percent of Americans support such a measure. [ Read more → ]
Robert George

Boehner appoints NOM co-founder to commission on religious freedom

Thursday, March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday appointed Robert George, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage, to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, which, according to the Commission’s chairman, addresses “the challenges of religious extremism, intolerance, and repression throughout the world.” [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum to young bowler: ‘Friends don’t let friends use pink balls’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin on Wednesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball, “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.” [ Read more → ]

NOM’s malodorous methods fan the flames of hate

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Given what we now know, young minorities that embrace NOM should not feel cool, but instead should realize that they are tools that are doing the bidding of a few overpaid white zealots with an insincere political agenda cooked up in a banal Washington conference room. This is not truly about reflecting Black or Latino culture, but promulgating a wicked culture of corruption where the lies of scheming lobbyists are slickly packaged and cunningly sold to voters. [ Read more → ]

HRC exposes NOM’s confidential strategy documents

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday said it has obtained a series of documents marked “confidential” that outlined the National Organization for Marriage’s multi-year plan to stop marriage equality in the United States. [ Read more → ]

HRC calls NOM’s Starbucks boycott their typical ‘temper-tantrum’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Wednesday fired back at the National Organization for Marriage, calling their “Dump Starbucks” campaign a typical "temper tantrum," and called on consumers to support Starbucks for its decision to support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Grammy winner Jason Mraz is an ‘American for Marriage Equality’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Wednesday debuted a new video ad featuring Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Mraz supporting its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. [ Read more → ]

Seventy groups call on Obama to endorse anti-bullying legislation

Friday, March 9, 2012
A group of 70 organizations is asking President Obama to build on his work against bullying in schools by endorsing legislation pending in Congress that would prohibit harassment of LGBT students. [ Read more → ]

Chad Griffin named president of Human Rights Campaign

Friday, March 2, 2012
The founder and president of a high-profile California-based LGBT rights group has been named as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC announced Friday that Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation of Equal Rights, will succeed Joe Solmonese as president. [ Read more → ]
Joe Solmonese

HRC President Joe Solmonese joins Obama campaign as national co-chair

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Obama campaign has tapped Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese for a position as a national co-chair to advocate for the president based on his work for the LGBT community and the country as a whole. [ Read more → ]

Broad coalition launched to repeal federal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Friday, February 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act-- the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal... [ Read more → ]

HRC urges Minnesota election board to investigate NOM for ignoring donor disclosure laws

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Wednesday released an analysis of campaign disclosure reports -- made public today in Minnesota -- that reveal the National Organization for Marriage has launched an unprecedented effort to avoid disclosing individual donors as required by law. [ Read more → ]

Coalition launches statewide effort to legalize gay marriage in Washington

Monday, November 14, 2011
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A broad, statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions and business associations came together on Monday to announce the formation of Washington United for Marriage – a coalition that will work to obtain civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Washington state in 2012. [ Read more → ]

Obama addresses annual HRC dinner; calls for repeal of DOMA, rebukes GOP candidates (Video)

Saturday, October 1, 2011
President Barack Obama on Saturday evening delivered the keynote address a gathering of more than 3,000 LGBT rights advocates at the Human Rights Campaign's 15th Annual HRC National Dinner, and called for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and issued a sharp rebuke to GOP presidential hopefuls for not supporting gay troops. [ Read more → ]

HRC announcement confirms March 2012 departure of president Joe Solmonese

Friday, August 26, 2011
Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, will announce his departure next Tuesday, reports Pam Spaulding at Pam’s House Blend. [ Read more → ]

‘Rowdy queers’ vandalize HRC store on anniversary of Stonewall Riots

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A Washington D.C. Human Rights Campaign store was vandalized in the late night or early hours of Wednesday by self-described “rowdy queers" who chose the date to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. [ Read more → ]

HRC: ‘Victory sends a message that marriage equality across the country will be a reality very soon’

Friday, June 24, 2011
Update: Gov. Andew Cuomo signs the Marriage Equality Act just hours after Senate's passage. Story here. Update: Complete coverage on marriage equality vote here. Statement from the Human Rights Campaign: In a history making, bipartisan vote, the New York Senate today passed a widely popular... [ Read more → ]

New York marriage equality coalition plans rally at state capitol in Albany

Monday, June 20, 2011
A New York state Senate vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage has been pushed back at least another day as the debate continues over religious exemptions, while hundreds of demonstrators on Monday rallied for and against the measure at the state capitol in Albany. [ Read more → ]
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