Image: The 2022 Cincinnati Pride March Team
The Senate may soon consider the Respect for Marriage Act, which would shore up marriage equality nationwide. This legislation has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support — including 47 Republican votes — demonstrating widespread public support for same-sex marriage across the country. It would guarantee the federal rights, benefits, and obligations of marriages in the federal code; repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act; and affirm that public acts, records, and proceedings should be recognized by all states.
By empowering and mobilizing people at the grassroots level, HRC Greater Cincinnati aims to create impactful change, providing advocacy for HRC’s mission and work on the ground. HRC Greater Cincinnati is a dedicated team of volunteers who use their experience and talents to develop a more affirming, inclusive, and equitable community.
In addition to educating the public about the issues that affect LGBTQ+ people and their families, HRC Greater Cincinnati works to engage LGBTQ+ people and allies in the fight for equality, raise money to fund HRC’s work, build strong relationships with local businesses and like-minded organizations, and turn out voters to elect pro-Equality candidates into office. Members of the HRC Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee serve as co-chairs of different program committees and bring their skills and talents to the work. Each program focuses on different aspects of HRC’s work in the community, such as fundraising, community engagement, expanding membership, volunteer recruitment, and political action.
Through these programs, volunteers can engage and develop their skills in relationship-building, public speaking, strategic planning, volunteer management, stewarding donors, lobbying, event-planning and social media communications. We accomplish our work plans by working closely with HRC staff partners, who provide volunteers with expertise, training, and leadership development.