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Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin steps down from organization

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin steps down from organization

Chad Griffin HRC

Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the foremost LGBTQ organizations in the United States, announced he’s stepping down today (15 November).

‘I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization at such an important moment in the history of our movement — and our nation,’ Griffin said in a statement.

Griffin informed the Board of Director he plans to depart the organization next year, after seven years of working there.

He continued: ‘The true strength of the Human Rights Campaign is in its fearless army of staff and volunteers, who are committed to ensuring full equality reaches every LGBTQ person across America, and around the world.

‘For decades, this organization has shown the world that love conquers hate. But this year, in this election, with the future of our democracy on the ballot and the equality of future generations on the line, we proved that votes conquer hate, too.’

He added he remains ‘committed’ to HRC’s cause.

‘So now is the time to fight harder and dig deeper. Because there are still more trails to be blazed. There is still more history to be made and more battles to be won. The LGBTQ community’s brightest days and our grandest victories are still ahead of us.’

Griffin’s time of service

Griffin hails from Hope, Arkansas. His political career started by volunteering for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign (also the first President ever endorsed by HRC). When Clinton won, Griffin began working in the press office, becoming the youngest West Wing staffer in history at 19.

In 2009, Griffin co-founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). This organization helped lead the fight against California’s Proposition 8 to restore marriage equality in the state.

Under the leadership of Griffin, HRC doubled its membership from 1.5 million to over 3 million.

The reactions

California Senator Kamala Harris tweeted a photo with Griffin, writing ‘history will show that Chad was a leader in the moment he was needed to lead’.

Annise Parker, the President and CEO of the Victory Fund also thanked him for his work.

Many are hoping HRC chooses someone more diverse as Griffin’s successor.

They plan to begin the search in the coming weeks.

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