Who We Are

The Human Rights Campaign is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, and to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. The HRC effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies; and provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The HRC has been hard at work, fighting for our rights, for the past twenty-five years.

The mission of the Dallas/Fort Worth Federal Club is to financially support these critical works of the HRC. This is made possible by our growing membership and extraordinary leaders who are fully committed to our mission. Formed in 1987, DFW was the first Federal Club in the nation, and remains one of the largest and most financially supportive with over 600 men and women.

DFW Federal Club & Black Tie Dinner

The HRC  Foundation has historically been the National Beneficiary of Black Tie Dinner, Inc. While we at HRC’s DFW Federal Club works closely with and enthusiastically to support Black Tie Dinner by selling raffle tickets, filling dinner tables, creating a Luxury Live Auction Package and providing volunteers to set up the silent auction. The leadership and implementation of programming of the two organizations are fully independent of one another.

To learn more about Black Tie Dinner, Inc., visit blacktiedinner.org.
About Black Tie Dinner Vouchers for DFW Federal Club members  [ Learn More ]

DFW Federal Club | Our History

In the fall of 1986, Don McCleary, Randolph Terrel and Larry Pease led an effort in Dallas to organize a group of people who would be willing to donate significant amounts of money to the Human Rights Campaign Fund, a political action committee. The men mapped out a strategy for achieving their goal and invited a few key businessmen to dinner, one at a time, so that they could explain their ideas.

The plan sprang into action on February 9, 1987, when approximately 70 people attended a luncheon at the Crescent Hotel in Dallas. Forty-nine individuals or couples each pledged $1,200 a year, and the group became a reality. Calling themselves "The Dallas Insiders," this group raised $58,000 in one day. According to Larry Pease, prior to the Dallas event there were only 10 major donors in New York City and 60 nationwide. As a result of weeks of planning and a stellar event, Dallas became the largest national major donor group and established the prototype upon which other cities would model their major donor organizations.

After a few years, The Dallas Insiders became the Federal Club, the name the Human Rights Campaign now gives to groups in many major cities whose members contribute $1,200 or more a year.

By the mid-1990s, the Dallas / Fort Worth Federal Club had grown to about 250 members, nearly all of whom were male. Under the leadership of Candy Marcum and Carolyn Hall, the Federal Club focused on recruiting women; a successful mission which led to the 25% female membership seen soon after. In 2013, under the leadership of Jaime Duggan, Federal Club Co-Chair and the Women's Events Committee, female membership in DFW Federal Club grew to a historic high with over 100 women.

Today, the Dallas / Fort Worth Federal Club has approximately 600 members, and more than 20 annual events. The organization works continually to expand its diverse group, and remains one of the largest Federal Clubs in the nation.