On Tuesday, the human rights campaign announced that Kelley Robinson would be the organization’s ninth president – and the first black queer woman to head the country’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
“I am honored and ready to lead the HRC – and our more than 3 million member advocates – as we continue to work to achieve equality and liberation for all lesbian, gay, bis*xual, transgender and queer people,” Robinson said Tuesday afternoon in a statement shared with the Daily News .
Robinson joins the LGBTQ rights nonprofit after serving as Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund since 2019.
The veteran and organizer began her career working for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign in Missouri, where she registered over 30% of young people attending local universities to vote, and then spent over 15 years fighting for equality.
“This is a key moment in our movement for LGBTQ + equality. We, especially our trans communities and BIPOC, are literally fighting for our lives and face unprecedented threats that want to destroy us, ”said Robinson, who is a mother and wife.
“The repeal of Roe v. Wade reminds us that there is only one Supreme Court decision separating us from losing basic freedoms, including freedom to marry, the right to vote and privacy. We are facing a generation opportunity to meet these challenges and create real, lasting change. I believe that working together on this change is possible now, ”she said.
“The next chapter of the Human Rights Campaign is about achieving freedom and liberation without exceptions – and today I am making a promise and a commitment to continue that work.”
Robinson fills the void following the removal of Alphonso David, who was fired in September 2021 after it was reported that he helped former governor Andrew Cuomo respond to allegations of s*xual misconduct.
Her first official day as president of HRC will be November 28.
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