Washington, DC – On June 25th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), announced that Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, will lead the organization beginning in August. David will be the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of color to serve as president of the HRC in the organization’s nearly 40-year history.

David most recently made history as the first openly gay counsel to the governor of the state of New York and, before that, served as the first Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights in New York. In these roles, he played an integral role in securing marriage equality in New York in 2011, banning the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ on minors, establishing nondiscrimination protections for transgender New Yorkers, expanding Medicaid coverage to cover transition-related care, making it easier to amend gender markers on birth certificates, and enacting policies and regulations to support people living with HIV and drive new diagnoses to an all-time low statewide. Prior to his work for New York State, David served as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In a new HRC video released today, David shares how his life story and career as a civil rights attorney prepared him to lead the HRC forward and said, “I believe that together, we can harness the strength that’s inherent in our differences, to stand together in the face of fear and division. And that’s exactly what the Human Rights Campaign was built for. If we want to win full equality, that’s going to require us to come together, to dig deep, to be resilient, to embrace our differences, to tenaciously defend the most vulnerable among us, to fight with every ounce of determination we have. I promise you this: I will fight for each and every one of us. All I ask is that you join me, that you join the Human Rights Campaign in our fight for true equality. In unity, we will fight back and we will win.” David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law. t (Seattle Gay News – Human Rights Campaign Press Release at Sgn.org/sgnnews47_26/page9.cfm)

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