HRC President Chad Griffin has recently informed the organization's Board of Directors that he is stepping down in 2019. Griffin has led the HRC in his role for seven years. During his tenure, the HRC has led efforts for marriage equality, the Equality Act, a grassroots initiative for the 2018 midterms, and programs across the Deep South.
"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization at such an important moment in the history of our movement -- and our nation. The true strength of the Human Rights Campaign is in its fearless army of staff and volunteers, who are committed to ensuring full equality reaches every LGBTQ person across America, and around the world. For decades, this organization has shown the world that love conquers hate. But this year, in this election, with the future of our democracy on the ballot and the equality of future generations on the line, we proved that votes conquer hate, too.
"Every single person across this country deserves an equal opportunity to succeed in life, without having to overcome roadblocks put in place by politicians advancing a discriminatory agenda. Even as I step down from my role in this remarkable organization, I remain committed to HRC's mission and will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people -- and all Americans -- as I embark on this next chapter. So now is the time to fight harder and dig deeper. Because there are still more trails to be blazed. There is still more history to be made and more battles to be won. The LGBTQ community's brightest days and our grandest victories are still ahead of us."
In the coming weeks, the HRC Board of Directors will begin an executive search process to name Griffin's successor. Meanwhile, Griffin will remain in his role to ensure a smooth transition.