Metro Weekly

Human Rights Campaign

Capital Pride 2007: Community Partners

THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST civil rights organization that ”seeks to improve the lives of GLBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs,” has a long list of accomplishments it is proud of.

”This year, so far, I’m most proud of the fact that in conjunction with our entire community, we were able to pass an inclusive hate-crimes bill in the House of Representatives,” says Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

Turn that list of accomplishments around and you’ll find an extensive ”To Do” list. Solmonese says it includes the full passage of a hate-crimes bill, the passage of a workplace non-discrimination bill, and ”dealing with and trying to tackle some of the inequalities that our community faces in the absence of marriage equality.”

Solmonese says he’s hoping Capital Pride symbolizes for HRC the same thing it symbolizes for other people and organizations in the GLBT community: ”An opportunity to celebrate our individuality and diversity, but also for many people — and I know this was the case with the very first Pride that I went to — a gateway into a diverse and welcoming community, at a time of real celebration.”

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