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After Orlando

| by Ira Hirschfield in Gay & Lesbian Rights

The next steps for LGBT equality

While marriage equality was a huge win for gay and lesbian rights, discrimination remains an enormous and deeply pervasive problem throughout the country.

As we mourn the victims of the Orlando shooting—shown above in window images on the Haas, Jr. Fund offices in San Francisco—let’s pledge to continue the work of making our country live up to its highest values and i…

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Winning Marriage Equality

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

How funders joined together to back a movement that fought for equality, and won

It’s not every day in a social justice movement when you can actually win and say that the job is done, but in the case of marriage equality, that’s exactly what happened.

This article was originally published in the Washington Monthly on June 22, 2016. On June 26, 2015, history was made when the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. This victory for social…

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Marriage Equality from Coast to Coast

| by Ira Hirschfield in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Winter 2015 Letter from the President

President Ira Hirschfield reflects on how marriage equality is a fitting reminder of what it takes to achieve real and lasting progress in advancing rights and creating opportunities for all people.

The past year will go down in the history books as a year when fairness and justice prevailed for gays and lesbians across the country. It was a year when a movement of hundreds of thousands of people across the cou…

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Where Immigrant and LGBT Rights Meet

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Reflections on two overlapping social movements

Senior Director Matt Foreman shares lessons, challenges and opportunities at the intersection of two social justice movements.

This blog was originally published on the GCIR website, here. Tell us about how immigrant and refugee issues fit into the mission of your foundation. Our immigration work is rooted in our founders’ respect f…

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Evan Wolfson

| in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Founder, Freedom to Marry

Before he leaves on a "post-victory vacation," Evan Wolfson shares some of the inspiration that sustained the fight for marriage equality. And what he wants on his tombstone.

Where do you call home? NYC Who are your heroes? Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dan Foley, my non-gay Hawaii co-counsel. Maurice Tempelsman (the man who won the heart of Jackie Kenne…

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Celebrating Historic Win, Bracing for Work Ahead

| by Robert D. Haas in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Reflections on supporting the freedom to marry

In this San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Haas, Jr. Fund trustee Robert D. Haas talks about the Fund's decision to support marriage equality 15 years ago.

This op-ed was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle here. Now that the Supreme Court has weighed in with its historic decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, I am reminded of a…

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Philanthropy’s Role in the Marriage Win

| by Evan Wolfson in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Lessons for other social justice causes

In this Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed, Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson reflects on how the movement has come so far, so fast.

This op-ed was originally published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy here. The Supreme Court’s freedom-to-marry ruling was a momentous and inspiring win not just for gay people and our loved ones but also fo…

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