Human Rights Campaign

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) describes itself as a "grassroots force." The organization claims to be the "largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community."[1]

The Human Rights Campaign President is Chad Griffin.

Controversies

Terry Bean

Prominent LGBT activist and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign (Bean also co-founded the Victory Fund) Terry Bean was "charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy at a Eugene hotel in 2013." The victim "refused to testify" and the case was dismissed "without prejudice." The victim had "hired a civil attorney and made a 'settlement demand' early in the case." According to the prosecutor, the boy received "at least" $200,000.
In the wake of revelations about the charges against Terry Bean, about two dozen legislators sent a letter to Mayor Lioneld Jordan and the City Council, asking the city to repeal the ordinance and “issue a proclamation severing ties with the Human Rights Campaign.”
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Civil Rights Ordinance

The Human Rights Campaign is behind the controversial "civil rights" ordinances sweeping America. [3]

The ordinances were made famous after pastors in Houston, Texas were subpoenaed[4] for copies of their sermons by Victory Fund recipient Mayor Annise Parker (the subpoenas were dropped after nationwide attention).[5] One of the most controversial aspects of the civil rights ordinances in Houston and across the country, is that they would allow men who identify as woman to use public women's restrooms. Ultimately, the ordinance in Houston did not pass after a vote was put to the people; However Parker vowed to keep fighting. After the ordinance was defeated despite the HRC spending "an unprecedented $600,000" to uphold the ordinance,[6] Parker said "I guarantee that justice in Houston will prevail. This ordinance, you have not seen the last of. We're united. We will prevail."[7]

In Arkansas, HRC provided a first draft of the "civil rights" ordinance, which citizens likely presume originated from their city council, drafted in part by Terry Bean. HRC worked with a group "Keep Fayetteville Fair" in Arkansas, which seems to have existed for the sole purpose of pushing Ordinance 119. The ordinance passed, but citizens fought to repeal it. "Keep Fayetteville Fair" received $15,297 in staff time from HRC to keep the ordinance from being repealed.[8][9] The ordinance was successfully repealed in December 2014.[10]

The HRC website declared that "As of April 1, 2015, there are more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 29 state legislatures."[11]

National Organization for Marriage

The Human Rights Campaign aggressively criticizes the pro-traditional marriage National Organization for Marriage (NOM) regularly on their blog, particularly focusing on donors to the organization. In March 2012, HRC posted NOM's confidential 2008 tax returns, including the names of donors.

The Huffington Post posted the NOM donor list, which included then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[12] NOM eventually filed a lawsuit against the IRS, who settled for $50,000.[13] The $50,000 the IRS has agreed to pay represents actual damages NOM incurred to fight the leak of its donor list in court, not punitive damages. NOM was unable to prove that the disclosure of the private donor list was intentional because Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify.[14]

Board

HRC Board - 2010:[15]

Board of Directors:

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board:

Board of Governors:

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