HRC Mourns Long-time LGBTQ Advocate Dan Cochran

by Elliott Kozuch

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, honored and celebrated the life of Dan Cochran, a long-time advocate and former member of the HRC Board of Directors and HRC Business Council.


“Dan Cochran was a champion for LGBTQ inclusion — working tirelessly with HRC to rally our corporate partners to support equality from the boardroom to the warehouse floor, from the halls of Congress to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As we mourn the loss of this powerhouse for good, we honor and celebrate Dan’s life and reflect on the ways his efforts moved equality forward. The HRC family is sending our sincerest condolences to Dan’s husband, Greg, as well as his extended family and wide circle of friends.”


Cochran is survived by his husband, Greg Sutphin of Fire Island, New York. He was a member of the HRC Board of Directors from 2007 until 2011. He also served on the board at Lambda Legal and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and supported many organizations, including GLSEN and the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to his advocacy, Cochran served as chief of staff for UBS Group Americas, retiring in 2014. Cochran and Sutphin were both graduates of Amherst College in Massachusetts.


The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.



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