Last week, JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President Policy and Political Affairs, joined the White House for a discussion on “Advancing LGBT Progress in Rural America.” The White House convening brought together leaders from across the country to discuss the problems that LGBTQ Americans are facing in rural America.
Winterhof sat down with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to talk about how LGBTQ Americans have used storytelling to create change. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.
Other topics of conversation at the convening included media, arts and technological tools to advance progress, race and gender LGBTQ issues in rural America, economic barriers and opportunities and issues facing rural LGBTQ youth.
Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, gave the closing remarks.
This convening is just one of many actions President Obama has taken to help and advance LGBTQ rights.
HRC was honored to be a part of this event and thanks the Obama Administration for uniting LGBTQ Americans from different parts of the country to share their story.