Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

HRC trans board member quits

Donna Rose, the only openly transgender board member of the Human Rights Campaign, announced Wednesday, October 3 that she was resigning due to differences with the organization over its position on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The news came after the print edition of the Bay Area Reporter went to press.

HRC stated earlier this week that while it supports a fully inclusive ENDA, it would not lobby members of Congress to vote against a revised ENDA that only covers sexual orientation. As reported in the Bay Area Reporter, the controversy has left many critical of HRC and openly gay Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), who is advocating for a two-bill approach for ENDA.

In a lengthy statement posted at, Rose said that she could no longer support HRC. She called on other board members, corporate donors, and HRC members to “think long and hard about whether this organization still stands for your values and to take decisive action as well.”

— Cynthia Laird, October 4, 2007 @ 11:41 am PST
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