Human Rights Campaign and One Iowa to Hold Equality Workshops throughout State

by HRC Staff

Workshops Will Help Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community and its Allies Advocate for Issues of Concern during Caucuses

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign and One Iowa will hold four Equality Workshops next week aimed at arming fair-minded Iowans with the tools to communicate about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues during the January Caucuses. The workshops will consist of mock caucuses during which participants will learn tips on how best to discuss federal issues like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Matthew Shepard Act and civil marriage as well as gain knowledge of what to expect on January 3rd. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions about the issues and will be provided with talking points to ensure they become savvy spokespeople for the GLBT community at the Caucuses.

"These workshops are a crucial aspect of our ongoing work in Iowa," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "It is imperative that the GLBT community and its allies represent themselves effectively during the Caucuses to advance the cause of equality. By attending the Equality Workshops, our community can harness its political power."

Iowa is not the only state where HRC is working to influence the presidential election. HRC staff and volunteers are also on the ground in New Hampshire.

"By mobilizing the GLBT communities in Iowa and New Hampshire, we can effect change on a national scale," continued Solmonese. "In partnership with One Iowa, HRC is empowering fair-minded voters to make themselves heard."

For further information or to RSVP, please contact James Taylor, One Iowa Caucus Director, at or call 515-710-0606.

The Equality Workshops will take place December 3rd through 6th in the following locations:

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

One Iowa, the state's largest LGBT rights organization, is dedicated to supporting full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals living in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.

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