The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. The organization focuses on protecting and expanding rights for LGBTQ individuals, most notably advocating for marriage equality, anti-discrimination and hate crimes legislation, HIV/AIDS advocacy; the organization has a number of legislative initiatives as well as supporting resources for LGBTQ individuals. HRC is an umbrella group of two separate non-profit organizations and a political action committee: the HRC Foundation, a 501 organization that focuses on research and education; the Human Rights Campaign's leadership includes President Alphonso David. HRC's work is supported by three boards: the Board of Directors, the governing body for the organization. Steve Endean, who had worked with a established Gay Rights National Lobby from 1978, established the Human Rights Campaign Fund political action committee in 1980; the two groups merged. In 1983, Vic Basile, at the time one of the leading LGBT rights activists in Washington, D.
C. was elected as the first executive director. In October 1986, the HRC Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization. In January 1989, Basile announced his departure, HRC reorganized from serving as a political action committee to broadening its function to encompass lobbying, research and media outreach. HRC decided on a new Statement of Purpose: "For the promotion of the social welfare of the gay and lesbian community by drafting and influencing legislation and policy at the federal and local level." Tim McFeeley, a Harvard Law School graduate, founder of the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance, a co-chair of the New England HRC Committee, was elected the new executive director. Total membership was approximately 25,000 members. In 1992, HRC endorsed a presidential candidate for Bill Clinton. In March 1993, HRC began National Coming Out Day. From January 1995 until January 2004, Elizabeth Birch served as the executive director of the HRC. Under her leadership, the institution more than quadrupled its membership to 500,000 members.
In 1995, the organization dropped the word "Fund" from its name. That same year, it underwent a complete reorganization; the HRC Foundation added new programs such as the Workplace Project and the Family Project, while HRC itself broadly expanded its research and marketing/public relations functions. The organization unveiled a new logo, a yellow equal sign inside of a blue square; as part of the activities surrounding the Millennium March on Washington, the HRC Foundation sponsored a fundraising concert at Washington, D. C.'s RFK Stadium on April 29, 2000. Billed as a concert to end hate crimes, "Equality Rocks" honored hate crime victims and their families, such as featured speakers Dennis and Judy Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard; the event included Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Pet Shop Boys, k.d. lang, Nathan Lane, Rufus Wainwright, Albita Rodríguez, Chaka Khan. Elizabeth Birch's successor, Cheryl Jacques, resigned in November 2004 after only 11 months as executive director. Jacques said she had resigned over "a difference in management philosophy".
In March 2005, HRC announced the appointment of Joe Solmonese as the president. He served in that position until stepping down in May 2012 to co-chair the Barack Obama presidential campaign. HRC launched its Religion and Faith Program in 2005 to mobilize clergy to advocate for LGBT people, helped form DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality, involved in the legalization of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. On March 10, 2010, the first recognized same-sex weddings in the District of Columbia were held at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign. On August 9, 2007, HRC and Logo TV co-hosted a forum for 2008 Democratic presidential candidates dedicated to LGBT issues. In 2010, HRC lobbied for the repeal of the United States' ban on HIV-positive people's entry into the country for travel or immigration. In September 2011, it was announced that Joe Solmonese would step down as president of HRC following the end of his contract in 2012. Despite initial speculation that former Atlanta City Council president Cathy Woolard would be appointed, no replacement was announced until March 2, 2012, when American Foundation for Equal Rights co-founder Chad Griffin was announced as Solmonese's successor.
Griffin took office on June 11, 2012. In 2012, HRC said that it had raised and contributed $20 million to re-elect President Obama and to advance same-sex marriage. In addition to the Obama re-election campaign, HRC spent money on marriage-related ballot measures in Washington, Maine and Minnesota, the election of Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin. In 2013, HRC conducted a postcard campaign in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In 2019, HRC joined with 42 other religious and allied organizations in issuing a statement opposing Project Blitz, an effort by a coalition of Christian right organizations to influence state legislation; each year since 1997, HRC has hosted a national
Jenny Camp was a famous horse that competed in the sport of eventing. Jenny Camp is the most famous US army-bred horse, her sire, the Thoroughbred Gordon Russell, was well known for his jumping ability, although her dam was of unknown breeding. Gordon Russell produced the 1952 bronze medal-winning jumper Democrat, she was poorly conformed, being short-gaited with upright front pasterns, but was found to be brave and agile. Due to her small size, 15.3 hands, she was first used as a polo pony. The small mare was ridden by the great Captain Earl F. Thomson in two Olympics: the 1932 Los Angeles Games and the 1936 Berlin Games, she had great success, winning the individual silver medals at both Olympics as well as the team gold at the 1932 Games. This record makes her one of only three horses to win medals at consecutive Olympic Games. Following her career, she was transferred to the Remount Depot at Fort Robinson to be bred. "Jenny Camp" - Photo
Love Zone is the sixth album recorded by British R&B singer and songwriter Billy Ocean. The album includes Ocean's second US #1 hit "There'll Be Sad Songs" and the US top ten hit "Love Zone", it features the UK #1 and US #2 single "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going", released on the soundtrack to the 1985 film The Jewel of the Nile. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 2 million copies; the album received a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 29th Grammy Awards in February 1987. Ocean won two American Music Awards, including for Favorite Pop/Rock Single. All tracks are written except where noted. Executive Producer on Track 1 – Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producers – Barry J. Eastmond and Wayne Brathwaite Engineer – Steve Power Mixing – Nigel Green. List of number-one R&B albums of 1986