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Chad Griffin
Chad Griffin is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin has spent his career taking 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.

Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Prop. 8 lawsuit. He is personally responsible for recruiting the legal dream team of Theodore Olson and David Boies to successfully argue the case.

A veteran of the Clinton White House communications team and a native of Arkansas, Griffin was highly motivated by young people in taking this new endeavor.

Entries by Chad Griffin

How Businesses Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 9:27 AM

This year in Davos, world leaders and major global businesses will come together to exchange ideas and best practices on strengthening economies and workplaces through the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

As the leader of the United States' largest LGBT civil rights organization, the Human...

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It's Time for Justice Roy Moore to Go

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has ignored the law, rejected the U.S. Constitution, and flouted the oath by which he swore to abide. But I don't think Roy Moore cares.

Following the ruling by a federal district judge that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage violated...

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The Imitation Game -- and Rediscovering Our Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 7:34 PM

When I had the opportunity to screen the upcoming must-see film The Imitation Game, which stars actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the late British cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing, I was struck by a thought. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has always had to rediscover the heroes...

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We'll Tell You Exactly What Valerie Jarrett Does

(18) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:46 PM

In Washington, D.C., it sometimes seems like no good deed goes unpunished. But these days, apparently, six years' worth of good deeds can make you a contender for Public Enemy No. 1.

That's why the recent campaign of criticism targeting senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett is, in some...

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It's Time to Face Facts on HIV/AIDS

(30) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:20 AM

On this National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it's time to face facts. Even as a rising tide lifts support for LGBT equality all across the country, who you are and where you live still has an enormous impact on how HIV/AIDS is likely to affect your life.


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Celebrating Black History Month

(18) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:19 AM

A decade before Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, police dragged Bayard Rustin off a bus in Tennessee for the same act of protest. When pressed about why he was resisting segregation, Rustin gestured to a young white boy seated at...

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Fighting Social Stigma Is Key to Ending HIV/AIDS

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 8:42 AM

On the 25th annual World AIDS Day, we note how much the world has changed for LGBT Americans and for all those facing HIV and AIDS. In the early days of the epidemic, as now, advocates committed themselves to raising awareness about this truly global challenge. But today's advocates have...

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10 Reasons Why Marriage Equality Won This Year

(119) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 2:09 PM

This year, marriage equality won four unprecedented victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. For years, organizations like the so-called National Organization for Marriage have bragged that equality always loses at the ballot box. This year we took that talking point away once and for all. Here's how:

1. The...

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A Year After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(16) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:03 PM

A chorus of doomsayers greeted President Barack Obama's support for the repeal of the discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy in 2010. Senator John McCain, who led the fight to prevent lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the armed forces from serving openly, said in a speech on...

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