Throughout its history, the United States has been an experiment in equality. With every century that has passed, the nation has become more inclusive, more accepting, and more tolerant—one step at a time. Now, the country is at the brink of a new state of openness as individuals and organizations work to secure equal rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
The Human Rights Campaign is a leading force in this movement to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It has advocated for marriage equality and an end to discrimination against LGBT people, and it holds businesses accountable through its Corporate Equality Index, in which 304 businesses scored a 100% rating in 2014. Working to effect change on every level of society, HRC worked to help repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and raised more than $20 million to—among other 2012 objectives—reelect President Barack Obama and win marriage equality in all three states where the issue was on the ballot. Every day, HRC's 1.5 million supporters aspire to achieve more victories like these through advocacy, investments, and education, making the US a safer and more equal place for all.