524: Keeping up the fight for equality – Fran Hutchins

As we wrap of PRIDE MONTH, let’s never forget, our lives and our freedom as LGBTQ individuals continues to be in the crosshairs of so many people in the world. Over 300 bills to date, in 2022 have been brought to the political forefront as a strike to who we are and how we live our lives. Helping us see how to be more vigilant and active to keep our freedoms is Fran Hutchins, Executive Director of Equality Federation. This candid and fun conversation shows how to take a stand and never give up as an LGBTQ Person.

About Fran

Fran Hutchins is the Executive Director at Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. She has been with the Federation since 2012 and has worked on the ground with our partners to build strong organizations, develop tailored strategies, and create data-driven solutions to meet the needs of our movement.

Fran’s career has focused on building a strong progressive movement that changes the way we approach some of our most pressing social problems: poverty, homelessness, education, economic inequality, and discrimination. She is especially proud to have served as Regional Field Director for Mainers United for Marriage, the successful 2012 campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples in Maine.

Fran completed her MBA and Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Fran grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her wife, Laura Kalba, a professor at the University of Minnesota, and their orange cat, Oscar Wilde, and fluffy dog, Otis.

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