WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, one of the founders of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, Jim Hormel, passed away at the age of 88. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Hormel to the diplomatic post in Luxembourg, making him the first ever openly LGBTQ+ United States ambassador. Hormel helped found the Human Rights Campaign and is well-known for his work fighting to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and HIV-related stigma, having helped support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Project Open Hand, the AIDS Emergency Fund, and the Shanti Project. Hormel also served on the Board of Directors at the Human Rights Campaign, and received the Human Rights Campaign Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David issued the following statement regarding his passing:
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