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Hahaha! - DNC Names Former HRC Pres. Joe Solmonese As CEO Of 2020 Democratic Convention

Hahaha! – DNC Names Former HRC Pres. Joe Solmonese As CEO Of 2020 Democratic Convention

Just more proof that the DNC still sucks!

Via press release:

Today, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez announced the appointment of Joe Solmonese to be Chief Executive Officer of the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee. Solmonese just recently served as the Transition Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and previously served as the President of the Human Rights Campaign and the Chief Executive Officer of Emily’s List.

“Joe Solmonese will be an asset in leading our convention team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role and will be instrumental in ensuring we have a successful event,” said Perez. “We chose Milwaukee because the city embodies who we are as a party, and under Joe’s leadership, I’m confident those values will be at the forefront as we celebrate our nominee and prepare for the general election. I am thrilled to have him as a part of the team and look forward to a unifying convention that will put our nominee in the best possible position for victory in November 2020.”

“The opportunity to lead the 2020 convention is a tremendous honor and I’m prepared to hit the ground running,” said Solmonese. “There is no better time than now to be a Democrat and next summer we will showcase the ideals and diversity that make our party, the city of Milwaukee, and our nominee special to the American people.”

Joe Solmon-sleaze as we used to call him ran the Human Rights Campaign from 2005 – 2012.

And if you thought Chad Griffin was bad……..

Video – Joe Solmonese Steps Forward So He and HRC Can Take Credit For The Repeal of DADT

The Human Rights Campaign’s Revenues Dropped By Nearly 20 Percent in 2010. But No Worries, Joe Solmonese STILL Flys First Class

Joe Solmonese and The Human Rights Campaign Wastes Time And Money Delivering 150K Signatures To The Mormon Church To Show It’s Actually Doing Sometihing

Watch Joe Solmonese and The Human Rights Campaign Embrace Ken Mehlman and The Republicans (Video)

Oh The Hypocracy! – Originally Against The Prop 8 Trial – Perry v Schwarzenengger Joe Solmonese, HRC, And Other Gay Inc. Organizations Suck Up The Victory Limelight.

Where In The World Is Joe Solmonese? Not Doing Any IMPORTANT Human Rights Work……. AGAIN!

Human Rights Campaign Names Chad Griffin Next President – Bye Bye Botox Joe!

The Human Rights Campaign today announced that Chad Griffin,  a founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights the force behind the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, will take over as the next president of HRC after Joe Solmoneses (overdue) departure.

The Los Angeles-based activist has roots both in Hollywood and Washington. During the Clinton administration, Griffin became the youngest staffer ever to serve in the White House. He was also an executive producer of Mike Roger’s 2009 film “Outrage” which discusses the hypocrisy of closeted individuals in power who promote anti-gay policies.  

The founding partner of strategic communications and campaign firm, Griffin|Schein, Griffin has taken on entrenched, well-financed interests like Big Tobacco, Big Oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. He has also led groundbreaking ballot initiative campaigns including the largest ballot initiative ever recorded, Proposition 87: California’s Clean Alternative Energy Initiative; the Proposition 10 campaign, which generates $600 million a year for early childhood education; and Proposition 71, which secured billions of dollars for stem cell research despite the Bush Administration ban.

Griffin will remain on the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the organization he co-founded in 2009 to organize, publicize, and fund the Prop. 8 lawsuit while taking on his new position at HRC in June

As for Joe Solmonese, after years of kissing ass at our expense he will be assuming the position and the role as one of the national co-chair for the Obama campaign upon his departure.

Longtime Gay Advocate Calls On The HRC To Hold Open Town Hall Meeting Before Hiring New Exec Director

David Mixner, a longtime gay and anti-war advocate has called upon the Human Rights Campaign the largest LGBT Equal Rights Group in the country  to hold several town hall meetings in cities reflective of LGBT community before hiring a new executive director to replace Joe Solmonese who will be leaving his position as executive director at the  HRC next month.


Who they select as their next president is not only important to the continued health and well-being of the organization, but it impacts the entire LGBTcommunity.
There is no question that they will proceed with a professional search for their new leader. They will hire an Executive Search firm, consult with their Board members and I am sure many others in their vast network.
However wouldn’t it be both really smart and also genuinely a right move if they held town meetings where anyone can come and express where they think the organization needs to go at this stage of history? They could pick out six locations that would be sure to be reflective of all segments of the community from rural areas to large cities.
Yes, I know that at times it will require enormous patience for the panel listening to the suggestions. There are those who’ll attend the town meeting to simply express anger. Also there will be a significant number of people eager to express their needs, constructive frustrations and some with amazing ideas. Listening is not hard and if the Board members listen carefully, they will find additional information that could make their next selection of a leader a wise and respected choice ready to tackle the future challenges that face us all.”
Mixner has an excellent idea.  One of the major problems under Solmonese’s reign has been the fact that the HRC does not listen to or share information with the community that it represents.   To get feedback on a new leader, (which was desperately needed) and in what direction the community wants  HRC to go in is desperately needed to mend the split between the two.
As for Joe Somonese himself.  Personally I say good riddance to bad botoxed rubbish. 
Lets hope this time the HRC picks an executive director this time who has precious LGBT advocacy experience and who actually has a backbone and the passion and the sense of urgency needed to play hardball  for us so we can make the gains quicky for the FULL  Equality that we deserve.

BREAKING! – Joe Solmonese To Leave The Human Rights Campaign In December – Champers Anyone?

Pam Spaulding over at Pam’s House Blend is reporting that on Tuesday it will be announced that that Joe Solmonese, overpaid President of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in the country, will announce his departure next Tuesday. Solmonese will reportedly step down from the organization in December of this year.

Its no secret that I am no fan of the simpering overpaid $350,000 a year Solmonese who has no backbone and has let HRC become nothing more than a crumb catcher for the Democratic Party and who’s refusal to push the LGBT Agenda for the first 2 years of Obama’s years in the White House and constant covering for him proved to be a huge mistake and detrimental to the LGBT Community.

One can hope that this is the beginning of a majot shake-up at the HRC, but I’m not holding my breath.

Solmonese who’s favorable rating in the LGBT Community is comprable to John Boehners in Congress is most probably taking the money and running.

Either way good riddance to bad rubbish.

Solmonese leaving will not solve HRC;s problems.  Lets see who they hire as the next President and see if they have learned any lessons over the past

Video – HRC’s Joe Solmonese Comes Out Of Hiding To Chide NOM: "NOM Made Alot Of Noise In This Fight & Really Underperformed"

HRC President Joe Solmonese came out from underground where he usually is when HRC screws up (which is usually) and talked with Lawrence O’Donnell about the National Organizations For Marriages “under performance” and  threats made against the republican senators who voted for marriage equality in New York.

“Under peformance”?

Does that mean that Solmonese believes that if NOM performed better they would have won?  That’s not a very good attitude or position to take on National television.

PLEASE go to ground again Joe and STOP appearing on television.  Because quite frankly YOU SUCK as a spokesperson.

In The Battle For Gay Marriage In New York Whats The HRC and The Task Force Doing? NOT MUCH!

I for one have never really gotten behind the whole “state by state” battle for gay marriage and personally would have preferred a more federal courts movement from the beginning.  (Mostly because State by State will take FOREVER and lets face it, at this rate by the time the majority of States get on board most of us will be long gone.  But that’s the strategy that has been laid out by “Gay Inc”.  State by Sate until enough States adopt gay marriage and the rest will follow. (UGH!)  So while I don’t agree with it I do believe that if you are to battle this way you MUST FIGHT TO WIN.  Because if you don’t and we can’t succeed on a smaller scale it makes our movement look weak and one that has little backing.  And if we can;t win the States how will we NEVER be able to topple DOMA through Congress.

So hear we are.  Gay marriage in California has been hung up for years now and Iowa is in danger of losing it.  But one of the biggest battles we have right now is the State of New York, which you would think would be a slam dunk, except for the fact that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the Senate’s most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, has gathered a coalition of anti-gay lawmakers and groups such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which is pumping MILLIONS of dollars in cash, print ads, and commercials to rally bigots not only in New York but across the country to stand against gay marriage in New York.

So whats the LGBT Communities two biggest National Gay Advocacy Groups doing to help battle Diaz, NOM, and the other anti-gay groups who are fighting against marriage equality in New York State?


The Human Rights Campaign homepage states:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans……… HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

To be fair, HRC has “partnered” New Yorkers United for Marriage – the umbrella group HRC and several LGBT organizations launched to win marriage equality including the  Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans and Marriage Equality New York and have made a commercial and ad featuring a lesbian couple from NewYork (lesbians are less offensive it seems)who, after 29 years together, are fighting for the right to legally say “I do.”  and they do have their Celebrity “New Yorkers For Marriage Equality Campaign”  but do they really think that Fran Dreiscger, Julianne Moore, and Ethan Hawke saying that they believe in marriage equality can battle the lies and the use of hate and fear that Ruben Diaz and NOM uses?  Is this really the BEST that the HRC,  which rakes in well over 25 Million dollars a year in donations can do?  A few celebrity commercials, NO print ads, NO public responses to the blatant and hateful lies of anti-gay marriage groups, and  NO FIGHT?  Is this what we should expect from the United States’ largest LGBT advocacy group that claims more than 750,000 members and supporters?  Oh but never fear fellow second class citizens the HRC  are selling T-Shirts for $27.00 a pop to raise money for themselves (NOT specifivally for the NY Marriage Equality Campaign) and will be having an HRC Scavenger Hunt and  throwing a fabulous Mission: Marriage Equality New York After Party on May 21st.

And what of “The Task Force”? (aka. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) What the hell is their TASK?  Go to their website and you will find not one thing about the gay marriage battle that’s being fought in New York.  “The Task Force” says that one of their goals “is to build a diverse pool of skilled leaders and activists” but how can they do that when they are not activists and leaders themselves?  (Although I am sure that Rea Carey has no problem leading herself to the bank yo receive her $217,582.00 a year salary.)

These are our tow biggest National LGBT Organizations and this is what they do. Is it a wonder we are getting nowhere fast and our fight is so hard?

Until Gay Inc. climbs down off its money grubbing, corporate high horse and gets into the trenches and starts to fight.  I mean REALLY FIGHT for our Equality we basically are screwed.

They should be ashamed of themselves and we should be ashamed of ourselves for enabling them to have become like this.

Human Righst Campaign PRAISES Obama’s Handeling of DADT. UNFU#@KINGBELIEVABLE!

Oh get a load of this……..

Democratic lawmakers are happier with his handling of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” [No they’re not]

The House passed a repeal earlier this year, [it’s not a repeal] but it’s stuck in the Senate. The repeal is part of a massive defense bill, and most Republicans want at least two weeks of debate on that. However, Senate leaders hope to limit the lame-duck session to three weeks, and there are lots of items on the agenda.

The president has been working behind the scenes, calling key lawmakers and having Pentagon officials do so, too. [Obama has reportedly called Carl Levin, who was already on board. Who else did he call? The story says “lawmakers” – who did he call? And who have the Pentagon officials contacted in favor of repeal – name one wavering lawmaker any of them has called.]

“We’ve checked one big box, that military leaders support the policy,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. [No they don’t. Mullen is supportive, while Gates is the reason repeal is on death’s door, because he just had to have his study, and it just had to be completed after the elections. And the rest of the joint chiefs are being a royal pain.]

They’ll check another Dec. 1, when the Pentagon is to finish its study on repeal.

Gay rights groups laud Obama’s effort. “He set out his priorities on this early in the year, and look how far it’s come. It just wasn’t always public,” said Joe Solmonese, the president of Human Rights CampaignSt. Louis Tribune

What a crock of shit!

It’s pretty pathetic that SOLMONSLEAZE and the HRC are now claiming that there’s been a super duper secret plan all along.

Tell me Joe/  What’s  HRC’s secret plan for getting DOMA repealed and ENDA passed in the next three weeks before Congress goes home and we’re screwed for years to come? What’s the secret plan to get UAFA and the federal employees benefits bill passed? For getting the hospital visitation memo, which can easily be ignored by the next president, put into law?

We had the best opportunity in history of making significant legislative progress on DADT, DOMA and ENDA – and a host of other gay rights issues – and HRC, President Obama and the Democratic congress blew it.

You know it and WE KNOW IT.  So don’t try to cover your worthless asses now. 


Solmonese and the HRC are nothing more than hopeless, stooges and nothing more than a White House lackey’s who spews the disinformation that are given him. They are a farce and a charlatan organization to continue trying to spin the failures of Obama as a secret plan and other puerile excuses for an out right homophobe who has no intention of ever standing up and actually doing anything substantial to further our rights

 It’s time that those in LGBT community are still drinking the HRC kool-aid. STOP. Because supporting this worthless, lyimg, brown nosing waste of an Organization who SELF PROCLAIMS to be our leader has and will continue to do us more harm than good as long as their are Horh d’oeuvre, cocktails, White House receptions and photo-ops available to them.

The Human Rights Campaign’s Revenues Dropped By Nearly 20 Percent in 2010. But No Worries, Joe Solmonese STILL Flys First Class

After much pushing and prodding by intrepid LGBT Blogger Mike Petrelis the HRC has finally complied with federal law and made their 2010 IRS 990 filings public. late of course and only after Petrelis’ many rewuests and him filing a complaint with the IRS against the HRC for non-disclosure which is ironic considering that the HRC is going after the National Organization For Marriage about the SAME THING.

To make a long story short in total the HRC had a whopping 17% revenue drop from 2009 – 2010.  From glancing through the 990 forms it seems that a nice chunk of that loss came from telephone solicitation donations. Which ion the end I am sure that HRC will blame on the economy.  But if you are a reader of the LGBT blogs you all know that the community is very dissatisfied with HRC and on many occasions there have been calls to stop donating and comments from many saying that when HRC called for donations they told them to take a walk.  And for good reason considering that they’ve done jack shit.

Other interesting insights from the 990’s. 

The top 5 employee’s at HRC combined made over a million dollars least year in salary ans the total is actually more than they spent on political donations and lobbying.

And Joe Solmonese while he did not get a raise, didn’t get a pay cut either and will just have to struggle along only making $303,000 dollars a year for kissing ass and photo ops.  BUT. Joe still gets to fly FIRST CLASS!


HRC’s Joe Solmonese Is "Disappointed" That President Obama and The Department of Justice Is Appealing The DADT Ruling. Gosh Darn It!

Joe Solmonese, the overpaid, DNC ass kissing, cocktail partying, clotheshorse, Hair Plugs for Men member and President of the Human Rights Campaign is “disappointed” that his good buddy President Obama and the Department of Justice are appealing the recent Federal Court Judge’s decision that DADT is Unconstitutional.

Not angry, confused. disgusted, enraged, mind boggled, disgusted, incensed, or just plain pissed off like the rest of us.  Only“disappointed.”

“It is certainly disappointing and frustrating that the administration has sought a stay. There is one simple way to put the endless legal wrangling behind us and do what the president and the American people want to strengthen our military: The administration and Congress need to finish the legislative work on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal after the election.”

Oh Joe.  Hopefully you’ll be over your “disappointment” by the next White House Cocktail Party.  I’d so hate for you not to enjoy it.


The Sheer Audacity Of Valerie Jarrett’s Speech At Last Night’s Human Rights Campaign Annually Held National Dinner – (Transcript & Video)

Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett was the keynote speaker at the HRC’s National Dinner last night between cocktails, entertainment and snobbery.

Not long after Jarrett spoke Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement (aka the WH LGBT liaison who does JACK SHIT) emailed out press releases and  posted Jarrett’s speech, under the  title “It Gets Better” — in an attempt to relate it to Dan Savage’s video campaign of inspiring messages by people to LGBT youth.  (Bonds doing this is so grievously offensive its unimaginable.) And Jarrett’s speech about what the White House has done and is doing for LGBT Equality all the time invoking the names of those  poor young lost lives and what the administration is doing to stop bullying and suicide is just unbelievable.

This is the FIRST public mention of these horrible events made publicly by the White House.  And they choose to talk about it to a group of well heeled donors of their campaign instead of addressing the nation about it as a whole. 

You can read the FULL Transcript after the jump below…..  (And please note there is not one word about ENDA.)

Thank you, Joe, for your kind introduction and your leadership of the Human Rights Campaign. Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge the attendance of a friend of the President’s and an HRC trailblazer. Terry Bean. And I understand that my friends – Governor Tim Kaine, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Andy Tobias, the DNC’s Treasurer – are here tonight as well.

There are also several members of our administration with us. I won’t be able to name them all. But I do want to acknowledge OPM Director John Berry. John is transforming our personnel operations to be more professional, inclusive, and to mirror the best practices found in any workplace. And I want to thank Brian Bond from my team at the White House. Brian is a tireless advocate for the LGBT community. Please show Brian a little love. I’m also told there is a strong delegation of fellow Chicagoans in the house.

Finally, I want to thank the staff and many supporters of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC has been a formidable force in the fight for equality. And you’ve been a great partner to President Obama over the past two years during some very tough battles. Together, we’re fighting to build a fairer and freer nation. Together, we’re working toward the day no one in this country is treated like a second class citizen – not by our laws, and not in any community.

That’s why the President asked me to come here tonight, to carry a message on his behalf. Recently, we’ve all been shocked and heartbroken by the deaths of several young people who had been harassed and bullied for being openly gay – or because people thought they were gay. It’s a terrible tragedy. And it has turned a harsh spotlight on an issue that often doesn’t get the public attention it deserves. The struggles of LGBT youth. The enormous pain that too many experience as a result of bullying. And the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives.

I say this not only as an advisor to the President. I say this from my heart, as a mother. I cannot begin to fathom the pain – the terrible grief – of losing a child. There is no greater loss – and we have lost too many in just the past few months. Asher, Billy, Seth, Tyler, Justin. I want to express my deepest condolences to Tammy Aaberg, Justin’s mom, who is here tonight and who I just met backstage. Please join me in recognizing her for the courage she has shown in sharing her son’s story, and honoring his memory – in the hope that no other mothers or fathers will have to know her pain.

We all want to protect our children. We want to be there for our children. And the idea that a young man or woman, in some cases barely teenagers – just at the start of life – would feel so hopeless and tormented as to want to end their lives, it saddens all of us. Young people are our future. They need guidance. They need our support. And this responsibility is far too great to be shouldered by parents alone. Our whole society has to step up and reaffirm our collective obligation to all of our children. This includes the responsibility to instill in young people respect for one another. And we adults should set an example of mutual regard and civility ourselves.

No young person should have to endure a life of relentless taunts and harassment, just because they’re gay. On behalf of President Obama, I want to make clear that this administration is firmly committed to working with you and other advocates. For we all have to ensure that we are creating an environment in our schools, our communities, and our country, that is safe for every person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Under Secretary Duncan’s leadership, the Department of Education is fundamentally changing the way we look at bullying. And they’re working on how we can do a better job of protecting vulnerable young people.

That’s why, last year, we created a new federal task force on bullying. And just this August they held the first National Bullying Summit, bringing in experts and advocates – including folks from HRC and GLSEN – to begin mapping out a plan to tackle this issue. We are working to replicate proven programs that have helped schools cut down on bullying. We must disprove the myth that bullying is an unavoidable fact of life for young people.

The Department of Education has reinvigorated the Office for Civil Rights to help stop harassment in our schools based on race, disability, sex – and bullying of LGBT young people who may not conform to gender norms.

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced an unprecedented National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This alliance brings together a wide range of public and private partners. And it’s going to make sure people have access to help, and to resources when they are in crisis. One of its specific goals is preventing suicide in at-risk groups, including LGBT youth.

We must also recognize that creating a safe environment for LGBT youth also means doing more for young people who are forced to leave their homes. For the first time, we have a national strategy to fight homelessness. It specifically addresses the needs of LGBT youth who are living on the streets because they have been ostracized by their families, friends, and community. This includes figuring out whether it’s possible for these children to go home, and if they can’t, that we have safe and nurturing alternatives.

So when it comes to putting a stop to the bullying and harassment of LGBT youth, we are not going to let up. We are going to stand with you. We are going to stand with every single young person in this country who deserves the chance to grow up, learn, have fun, and live their lives without the constant threat of violence, or ridicule. Because although many turn a blind eye, and think that bullying is a harmless rite of passage – words matter. Bullying is simply cruel, abusive, and needs to be stopped. Now. And the work done on the ground by HRC, GLSEN, P-FLAG, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Trevor Project and countless others, are crucial to this fight.

The tragic loss of Seth, and Tyler, and Asher, and Billy, and Justin, and countless others whose names we don’t know – strikes at the heart of our values as Americans, and our sense of humanity. We all have an obligation to engage in the broader struggle to build a more perfect union – a nation where each of us is free to pursue our own version of happiness.

And building that more perfect union means fighting discrimination in all its forms – whether in our schools, or in the workplace, on our streets, or in our moments of greatest need. I was so proud when the President signed a directive to make sure that hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid – most hospitals – allow gay and lesbian partners the same visitation rights as straight partners. And we’ve made clear that, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, LGBT families are entitled to the same rights as anyone else to take leave in order to care for children.

Building a more perfect union means making sure no one ever is afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person he or she loves. And after a long and tough fight, with Judy Shepard at his side, President Obama marked the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. It’s good to see Judy here this evening, and I want to acknowledge her for the incredible perseverance she’s shown on behalf of Matthew and his legacy.

Building a more perfect union means standing against anyone trying to write inequality into our laws and our Constitution – and repealing divisive and discriminatory laws like DOMA. And it means ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell once and for all. This is a promise the President has made in no uncertain terms. For the first time in history, the Secretary of Defense has testified in favor of ending this policy. For the first time in history, we have a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who has argued forcefully for allowing gay men and women to serve their country without having to subvert their integrity. And for the first time in history, the House of Representatives has passed repeal. Now we’ve got to keep pushing the Senate to do the right thing and get this done.

But, as you know, building a more perfect union is not just about our laws. It’s about engendering a society where we embrace one another’s differences. And while we have made progress, we all know that these tragedies brought on by bullying do not reflect who we are as a nation. They are a painful reminder of the work we still have to do. That we must feel the fierce urgency to step up now.

We have to keep fighting together. We must not lose hope. We cannot allow people to sow division among us – not when the stakes are so high for our country.

After all, as President Obama said when he spoke here last year, the people in this room are a testament to the progress we have already made as a nation. You are a testament to the capacity of our American ideals to help us overcome old prejudices. To allow us to see in each other, our common humanity. In short, you are living proof of what has become a powerful message in recent days. Simply put: “It gets better.”

And what is clear is that this depends on all of us. It depends on changing laws, and changing hearts. It depends on creating an environment in which our children feel safe to be themselves. And it depends on reaching all of our young people, and letting them know that we care about them, and that want them to thrive and reach for their dreams, without fear.

That’s exactly what President Obama said when he spoke to children across this country at the start of this school year.

“[L]ife is precious, and part of its beauty lies in its diversity,” he said. “We shouldn’t be embarrassed by the things that make us different. We should be proud of them. Because it’s the things that make us different, that make us who we are. And the strength and character of this country have always come from our ability to recognize ourselves in one another.”

It is this character of our country that drives the Human Rights Campaign. It’s what drives President Obama. And it is this strength and character that gives us hope. That we will build that more perfect union. That there is a brighter future ahead for us all, and especially for our children.

Thank you.