Tag Archives: Joe Solmonese

At Charlotte’s LGBT Welcome Party

Last night I attended Unity Charlotte, a rather swank welcoming party for the hundreds of LGBT delegates and activists attending the DNC. In the house were many boldface names such as former HRC head Joe Solmonese, former Empire State Pride Agenda executive director Brian Ellner, Clinton White House advisor Richard Socarides, New York Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Q Notes editor Matt …

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AFER Founder Chad Griffin Will Succeed Joe Solmonese At Human Rights Campaign

American Foundation for Equal Rights co-founder Chad Griffin has been hired to succeed Joe Solmonese as president of the Human Rights Campaign. Via press release: Chad H. Griffin was appointed today as the next president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, by the organization’s Board of Directors. Griffin, …

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Joe Solmonese Joins Obama Campaign

Outgoing Human Rights Campaign head Joe Solmonese has been named one of 35 national co-chairs of the Obama reelection campaign. The Advocate notes that the HRC endorsed Obama last May: Citing the president’s record on such accomplishments as “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal and hate crimes legislation, Solmonese said in a statement, “President Obama has made it clear that LGBT …

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HRC Posts Ad For Solmonese Successor

Read the entire job description.

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HomoQuotable – Matt Foreman

“Over 18 years, as executive director of a local, a statewide and a national organization, I saw firsthand how HRC had a tendency to undermine movement unity. They would undertake new initiatives or announce unhelpful positions in policy areas where they had little or no expertise; they were unnecessarily vague and secretive about meetings they were holding and about people …

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Obama’s Speech To The HRC

With the introduction by outgoing HRC president Joe Solmonese.

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Joe Solmonese Stepping Down At HRC

Pam Spaulding has the big scoop that longtime Human Rights Campaign head Joe Solmonese will be stepping down at the end of the year. His departure also signals, according to our source, the beginning of a larger staff shake-up in the HRC. The Blend can also report that a replacement executive director has been identified — it will be someone …

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HRC’s Joe Solmonese: NOM Made A Lot Of Noise In New York But Came Away Losers

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HRC Denounces Boehner’s DOMA Plan

The Human Rights Campaign has issued a denouncement of House Speaker John Boehner’s vow to force the defense of DOMA. Via press release: “The decision to mount an all-out defense of DOMA is particularly hypocritical given the Speaker’s contention that the President was distracted from focusing on the economy by DOMA,” said Solmonese. In order to defend the constitutionality of …

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Joe Solmonese On DOMA Backlash

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New Federal Rules On Hospital Visitation Rights Have Gone Into Effect

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HRC’s Joe Solmonese On DADT Repeal Implementation Timetable

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HomoQuotable – Pam Spaulding

“Joe Solmonese should do the honorable thing and step down. It is shameful to cash all those checks without the follow through on the job. The White House was never put under serious pressure; the late calls now in the e-blasts for the President to do something ring hollow after the toadying that has gone on for two years. “As …

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HRC’s Joe Solmonese On DADT Vote

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HRC Delivers 150K Petitions To LDS

Clip description via YouTube vlogger Dave Evans: National gay rights activists on Tuesday delivered a petition letter carrying 150,000 signatures to the Mormon church following an address given by President Boyd K. Packer, a Church Apostle. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay civil rights organization, collected the signatures after an e-mail alert to members and supporters 20 percent …

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HomoQuotable – Joe Solmonese

“Words have consequences, particularly when they come from a faith leader. This is exactly the kind of statement that can lead some kids to bully and others to commit suicide. When a faith leader tells gay people that they are a mistake because God would never have made them that way and they don’t deserve love, it sends a very …

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GetEQUAL’s Broken Promises Remix

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Joe Solmonese Clarifies On Mehlman

After reading last night’s JMG post about his Hardball appearance, HRC head Joe Solmonese sends us this clarification on his position on Ken Mehlman. “As the community has digested the news of Ken Mehlman’s coming out, I believe it’s important for us to move forward and use this opportunity to expand the circle of Americans supporting marriage equality. Last night …

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HRC’s Joe Solmonese And Some Log Cabin Guy On Ken Mehlman’s Coming Out

Joe Solmonese: “The past is the past. We certainly don’t have the luxury at this point in our movement to turn away any offer of help.” No mention from either of them on the trail of hate crimes, homeless teens, suicides, and broken families left in the wake of vicious Mehlman-led anti-gay ballot measures in twenty-one states. The past is …

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2PM: LBGT Town Hall Live On SiriusXM

Michelangelo Signorile will be broadcasting live from the LGBT Town Hall in DC today where noted activists will spar with Joe Solmonese and discuss the future of the movement. With the developments of the last few days, things promise to be VERY lively. The panelists: National Gay & Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey; Human Rights Campaign president Joe …

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