HRC apologizes for mistreatment at Supreme Court rally


The Human Rights Campaign apologized for the mistreatment of the transgender community and Immigrant Activists at the Supreme Court Rally.

Referring to the “two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week,” the largest LGBT organization in the nation originally denied any errors of judgment.

“In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer undocumented speaker was asked to remove reference to his immigration status in his remarks,” HRC’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing Fred Sainz wrote in a press release.

Q Notes Spokesperson Matt Comer argued that several parties have contested that HRC was responsible for at least one of the incidents.

“HRC joined in a coalition statement on Friday apologizing for these incidents and the individuals involved have personally offered their apologies to those affected. But to be perfectly clear, HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions,” Sainz continued. 

“We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future. Through both our legislative and programmatic work, HRC remains committed to making transgender equality a reality.”

The coalition also included the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA and the New Organizing Institute.

The blog Transition Transmission as well as The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project called for swift apologies for the flag removal incident. HRC followed with an apology after the United for Marriage Coalition and GetEqual issued their statements, respectively. 


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