HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights The Human Rights Campaign is Americaâ€™s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Electing for Equality
LGBT equality has come a long way in recent years, but protecting our victories and ensuring more progress depends on who we elect to office at all levels of government. HRC engaged our members and individuals across the country to vote for pro-equality candidates, securing historic victories in all states with equality issues on the ballot.
C A M PA I G N
Standing up for the middle class against Wall Street and corporate giants. As the U.S. senator-elect for Massachusetts, she backs marriage equality, the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the end to unfair taxation of LGBT people.
In the term starting in October, the supreme court is considering an unprecedented number of LGBT cases, including the challenge to Californiaâ€™s discriminatory constitutional amendment (prop 8) and several cases on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of marriage act. These cases could have a significant impact in California and countrywide, bringing us closer to a day when all gay and lesbian couples can marry, with their love and commitment respected equally.
LGBT POLITICAL SUPPORTERS
SUPPORTERS OF HRC
From athletes to actors and musicians to TV personalities, the Human Rights Campaign is grateful to include celebrities among its more than one million members and supporters. They have been vocal advocates for equality at every opportunity, whether it’s in a media interview, at a concert, in casual conversations or at an HRC event. The celebrities featured below are among those who have used their place in the public eye to advance the movement for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
“I think it would be great if everybody could be out...I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it, to walk in the truth."
Betty DeGeneres “For too long, gay Americans have suffered discrimination. As long as our sons and daughters are excluded from the basic protection of law, we must share that burden as a family.”
“Why shouldn’t gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married? Marriage is about love and commitment.”
COMMUNIT Y Every hour, a crime motivated by the perpetratorâ€™s bias against the victim occurs in the United States. These hate crimes terrorize whole communities by making members of certain classes - whether racial minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, religious minorities or people who are perceived to be members of these groups afraid to live in certain places and be free to move about in their community and across the country.
Because perpetrators commit hate crimes to send a message and express anger or hatred for the victim, they often involve more violent acts than it takes to subdue or incapacitate the victim. Sometimes they involve mutilation, torture or holding the victim captive, such as in a car trunk. Historical events can cause a spike in hate crimes: After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many people who were Muslim or perceived to be Arabs were targeted. This included Sikh Americans who were murdered because the attackers believed that they were Arabs, though they were not.
O F L G B T YO U T H S AY T H E Y H E A R
COMMENTS ABOUT BEING LGBT
NATIONAL PLATINUM PARTNERS KEY CONTRIBUTING
PARTNERS Thank you to our National Corporate Partners for their generous support of the work of the Human Rights Campaign. All companies have demonstrated a high level of commitment to equality. Please consider supporting these companies that support the work of HRC.
Booz Allan Hamilton
MGM Resorts International
JP Morgan Chase
Lincon Financial Group
Starbucks TD Bank