WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign announced the appointment of veteran Capitol Hill staffer Christopher Johnson to serve as director of public affairs and interactive communications. In this role, Johnson will promote and advance the HRC Foundation's public education and outreach programs that strive to create a more welcoming world for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans as well as overseeing the organization's online political advocacy programs and managing outreach to blogs.
"Chris will bring valuable political and campaign media experience to the Human Rights Campaign as our organization continues to promote our message of fairness and equality across the nation," said Joe Solmonese, HRC president. "He will be a tireless advocate for ensuring that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can lead open and safe lives in their communities, workplaces, churches and universities."
Prior to joining HRC, Johnson served as communications director to Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. A native of Atlanta, Johnson also served as deputy press secretary to Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., and has worked for the Georgia Democratic Party and public relations firm Manning, Selvage and Lee Atlanta.
"I am honored to join the Human Rights Campaign at this exciting moment in the fight for equal civil rights," said Johnson. "HRC has been at the forefront of the struggle for full equality and I look forward to working with HRC and the HRC Foundation to create a fair and safe society for all Americans."
Johnson began his post at the Human Rights Campaign in January 2007.
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.
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