Alston Exec Is New Gay Rights Leader
Posted on December 11, 2008
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Kenneth F. Britt, the executive director of Alston & Bird, has become co-chairman of the board of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group. The HRC post caps Britt’s career as a gay rights activist in the community and at Alston & Bird, where he’s been the firm’s top administrator for 29 years.
Britt, 59, was elected to the two-year post Nov. 3, the day before Barack Obama was elected president. Britt said Obama’s election is propitious for the gay rights agenda, which is to gain the same protections and benefits that straight people enjoy.
“We got nowhere during the Bush administration,” said Britt, who is optimistic that equality legislation, which languished in Congress during the past eight years, such as a hate crimes bill and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, will see the light of day under Obama’s administration.
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