HRC Story


The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.


Candace Gingrich

Associate Director, Youth and Campus Engagement Program

Since 1995, Candace Gingrich has served as a key advocate for issues of importance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Her involvement in the movement for queer equality began when her brother, Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-GA., was elected House speaker.

Her 1996 autobiography, The Accidental Activist, was a best seller in the LGBT community. Gingrich has been profiled in national newspapers & magazines, guest-blogged at Huffington Post and appeared on Good Morning America, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show. She also memorably guest-starred as the minister on Friends in the groundbreaking episode "The One with the Lesbian Wedding."

On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, Gingrich has crisscrossed the country to promote the importance of coming out, the duty to vote and the power of everyday conversations to change minds. As HRC's Youth & Campus Engagement associate director, Gingrich works to provide tools, facilitate connections and empower Gen EQ (Generation Equality) to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond. Gingrich also serves as the HRC University Internship Program coordinator, a program that educates, trains and provides mentorship to nearly 100 students yearly.

Gingrich lives in Hyattsville, MD with her cats Michi and Sulu.

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