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Human Rights Campaign Salutes Black History Month

Press release:

Tribute Highlights Current and Rising Leaders in the Black GLBT Community

Washington, DC - To commemorate Black History Month, the Human Rights Campaign will honor a cross-section of African-American leaders that are helping move the march for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality forward within their community and society as a whole.

The Human Rights Campaign will honor their achievements and excellence in a special section of the HRC website at http://hrc.org/blackhistory. As part of the Human Rights Campaign celebration of national Black History Month, HRC will continuously recognize the sacrifices, contributions and successes made by the African-American community for equality throughout February.

"At work, in their houses of worship, and in their everyday lives, these leaders are writing new chapters in American history today by telling the stories of black GLBT Americans," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "They are truly leading the charge for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans equality and are empowering black GBLT individuals to live openly and honestly."

The first group of leaders to be recognized to kick off the month are:

* Mignon Moore - Associate Professor, Sociology, UCLA

* Bishop John Selders - Pastor, Amistad United Church of Christ and Member, HRC Religion and Faith Council

* Nathan Hale Williams - Actor/Entertainment Producer

A video message from HRC President Joe Solmonese and photos and biographies of the honorees will be available at http://hrc.org/blackhistory. Additional honorees will be featured throughout February.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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