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Michael Crawford has a wide range of experience in political advocacy, new media, and grassroots organizing. He was co-founder and co-chair of D.C. for Marriage, a grassroots group that helped to successfully pass the D.C. marriage bill.

Michael Crawford is New Media Director for Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. He served as Associate Field Director at Human Rights Campaign specializing in working with state and local advocacy organizations to advance pro-LGBT legislation. As Communications Director at Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of youth and student organizations building a clean energy movement, Michael developed media strategies to tell the stories of young people against man-made global warming. He also served as Online Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

He moved to Washington, D.C. to help organize the 2000 Millennium March on Washington for LGBT Equal Rights, which brought together more than 750,000 advocates for LGBT equality.

For his work on the freedom to marry in D.C., he was named as one of The Advocate Magazine's 2009 People of the Year and one of the Washington Blade’s “10 People Who Make Us Proud.”

He is on the Editorial Advisory Board from The Bilerico Project.

Entries by Michael Crawford

Light Up the Map: Winning Marriage in All 50 States

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:32 AM

As Freedom to Marry surges forward in its Roadmap to Victory to win marriage in all 50 states, our recent re-launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a crucial part of that work. We started Mayors for the Freedom to Marry in January 2012 with the...

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Coming Out Then and Now: The Impact of Technology

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 9:00 AM

It would be hard to overestimate the incredible impact that the Internet has had on the LGBT community. From the ways that we discover and develop our identities to the ways that we find one another, build community and develop relationships, the Internet has played a revolutionary role in how...

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NOM's Growing Desperation

(59) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 5:05 PM

In a clear sign of its growing desperation to place positive spin on its failing anti-gay bus tour, National Organization for Marriage is now throwing every possible smear at equality supporters while attempting to paint themselves in a coat of victimhood.

In his latest email screed, NOM President Brian Brown...

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Avoiding NOM's Trap

(46) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 5:35 PM

The anti-gay "National Organization for Marriage" (NOM) has clearly run out of arguments. Rather than discussing marriage, NOM's leaders are engaging in a familiar tactic in their anti-gay summer bus tour by drumming up a false narrative about the "discrimination" facing opponents of marriage equality.

Not only...

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GetEQUAL Gave LGBT Activism a Needed Shot in the Arm: Now What?

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 12:10 PM

The incredible events of last week re-introduced direct action into the fight for LGBT equality and gave the LGBT movement a much-needed shot in the arm.

The launch of GetEQUAL, the arrests of 13 activists demanding federal action on DADT and ENDA, and the

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LGBT New Yorkers Defeat Monserrate, Elect Peralta

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 7:52 AM

In what should become a model for how LGBT activists deal with elected officials who vote against equal rights, Fight Back New York's campaign to defeat former State Senator Hiram Monserrate paid off big. Monserrate was defeated easily by Jose Peralta by a 3 -1 margin. Perralta is a...

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Oscar Challenge: Where Do the Stars Stand on the Freedom to Marry?

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 12:18 PM

It's that time of the year again: The Oscars.

Sure, we'll have fun as always watching the show this Sunday night, but it will also be a great time to...
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DC Marriage Bill Introduced: What's Next

(18) Comments | Posted October 7, 2009 | 10:08 AM

Yesterday DC Council Member David Catania introduced a bill that would legalize marriages between same-sex couples. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, sets the stage for DC to become the next place where gay and lesbian couples can marry. DC...

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How We Win Marriage in DC

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 2:22 PM

Much has been made of the external challenges we face in DC as we build a movement to win and keep marriage for same-sex couples including the possibility of a Prop 8 style ballot fight and potential intervention from members of Congress. Each of those is a challenge that we...

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Rev. Al Sharpton on Marriage, Mormons and Prop. 8

(21) Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 11:36 AM

Rev. Al Sharpton left no doubt on where he stands on marriage equality and the passage of Prop. 8 in his speech at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta:

It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing...

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