We’re sure you’re all familiar with their calling card. You’ve seen it emblazoned across t-shirts, adorning backpacks in the form of pins and patches and riding proudly on the bumpers of our cars. Yes, we’re talking about that little, regal yellow equal sign with the dashing blue background.
A lot of people are very familiar with the equal sign and what it represents but not everyone knows about the organization behind the symbol. That organization is The Human Rights Campaign(the HRC).
The HRC was founded in 1980 with its original purpose being to raise money to help assist fairness and equality minded political candidates.That small organization eventually blossomed into what it is now, a full on grassroots movement that is currently 750,000 members and supporters strong, making it the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the nation.
In the past the HRC has helped to bring about monumental changes within our community including the implementation of the 1999 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and more recently the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay and lesbian individuals serving in the U.S. military. They also put forth a mass effort to assist in the swaying of the Obama Administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
The Human Rights Campaign has served as a pillar in our community and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. So keep on rocking that bumper sticker on the back of your car proudly but don’t stop there, join the fight! There are branches of the HRC nationwide and most likely even one in your own neighborhood. Help the HRC help to change history.