What is The Human Rights Campaign?

Stephen R. Endean

Steve Endean played a pivotal role in the foundation of the HRC and served as its first treasurer. Earlier, in 1978 he had moved to Washington, DC to serve as Executive Director and lobbyist of the Gay Rights National Lobby, which then merged with HRC in 1985. He also served as the first president of the Right to Privacy Foundation (RPF), founded in 1981 and a predecessor to HRC’s education and policy units.

In 1986, Endean founded the Fairness Fund to generate high volumes of citizen mailgrams and letters to members of Congress at pivotal moments in the legislative process. In 1988, this organization also merged with HRC.

Endean died from complications relating to AIDS on August 4, 1993 at the age of 44.

HRCF founder Steve (right) with Vic Basile, the first executive director. 2005 Annual HRC Report.

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