In addition to championing the struggle for marriage equality, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has made significant investments in changing a range of policies and practices that keep gay men and lesbians from becoming full, contributing members of society. We are working with our movement partners at the local, state and national levels to establish a national social norm rejecting discrimination against gay people. The Fund's goals are to:
- Support state and local actions to extend nondiscrimination and other protections. The Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation, the Arcus Foundation and an anonymous contributor created the State Equality Fund, which supports public education efforts to secure basic rights for gay people at the state and local level, including nondiscrimination protections, parenting rights, relationship recognition, safer schools policies and measures to address hate-motivated violence. We hope this will result in increasing the share of the U.S. population living in localities and states with nondiscrimination laws from 50 percent today to 60 percent by 2012.
- Support efforts to implement the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The Haas, Jr. Fund joined with our movement partners in celebrating the repeal of DADT in late 2010, an action that marked a crucial gain in acceptance for gay people in American society. We commend the work of two Fund grantees, the Palm Center at University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in building public and military support for overturning DADT. Now, we continue to work with them to ensure that the repeal moves forward as quickly as possible.