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Friday, June 8, 2012

Monday To-Do: Chad Griffin

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Incoming Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin will speak at the Clinton School Monday.
  • Incoming Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin will speak at the Clinton School Monday.

CHAD GRIFFIN
Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. Free.

When it comes to treating people equally, Arkansas still has a long, long way to go. But we can certainly take pride that someone like Chad Griffin came from here.

Griffin was the youngest staffer ever to serve in the White House (he was 19 in 1992 when he was hired as a press aide in the Clinton White House) and since then he's led numerous campaigns for all manner of righteous causes, including stem cell research, clean energy, environmental protection, and, of course, LGBT rights. The Hope native (who grew up in Arkadelphia) was one of the leaders behind the successful campaign to overturn California's Prop 8, the constitutional amendment which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry.

Out magazine placed him at No. 20 on its 2012 Power 50 List, published back in April. Earlier this year, Griffin was named the next president of the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest group working for LGBT rights. He assumes that role on June 11.

On his first day as HRC president, he'll discuss his plans for his new role with state Rep. Kathy Webb, the first openly gay person to serve in the state General Assembly.

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