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HRC Apologizes For Events At Supreme Court Marriage Rally

by David Badash on April 1, 2013

in News

HRC, the Human Rights Campaign, just issued a statement apologizing for two events that HRC staffers caused. HRC was part of a wider coalition, United For Marriage, which successfully held several rallies at the Supreme Court last week during the SCOTUS hearings on same-sex marriage, DOMA, and Prop 8.

“In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community,” HRC’s Fred Sainz, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, says in the HRC statement:

In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer undocumented speaker was asked to remove reference to his immigration status in his remarks.

HRC joined in a coalition statement on Friday apologizing for these incidents and the individuals involved have personally offered their apologies to those affected. But to be perfectly clear, HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions. We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future. Through both our legislative and programmatic work, HRC remains committed to making transgender equality a reality.

Last week, it appeared HRC had signed on to the coalition’s apology, but then denied any wrong doing in a separate statement.



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barbonine April 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

I wonder what self-important drones made these decisions and will those people be replaced in future?

schroedinger April 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

HRC has always had problems with embracing the full diversity of the LGBTQ community. They are much more about serving the interests of primarily white, monogamous middle+ class lesbians and gays.

ToniTygrrr April 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Actions truly speak louder than words in this case…

For me, I will wait and see.

HRC has thrown transgender equality under the bus WAY too many times in the past for a simple apology to make up for this.

Time to put up or shut up HRC.

calvin2004 April 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

So basically HRC tried to sweep the incident under the carpet – but were then called out by the apology issued by its coaltion members. Its sucks the other groups had to be dragged into a problem HRC created and tried to weasle out of. Something really needs to change at HRC. They are becoming an embarrassment.

translegalhistorian April 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Why doesn't David Badash inquire as to why HRC couldn't issue the 'apology' though a trans person who is gainfully employed by HRC?

Bekka Jai April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I'll be having HRC's Michael Cole-Schwartz and Bryan John Ellicott, the guy who was holding the trans flag at the SCOTUS rally on my show, The Rebecca Juro Show, this week. I'll be asking both for their perspectives on this incident, plus we'll be discussing HRC's relationship with the trans community, and how (or if) we can expect change in this from HRC going forward. It's going to be good so I hope people will tune in. Thursday 7pm eastern, Live Feed:

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