Candace Gingrich-Jones

Associate Director of Youth and Campus Outreach, HRC

Since 1995 Candace Gingrich-Jones has served as a key advocate for issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Her involvement in the movement for queer equality began when her brother, former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), was elected House speaker.

Her 1996 autobiography, The Accidental Activist, was a bestseller in the LGBT community. Gingrich-Jones has been profiled in national newspapers and magazines, blogged on The Huffington Post and appeared on Good Morning America, Countdown With Keith Olbermann and The Queen Latifah Show. She also memorably guest starred on Friends as the minister in the groundbreaking episode “The One With the Lesbian Wedding.”

On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, Gingrich-Jones has criss-crossed the country to promote the importance of coming out, the duty to vote and the power of everyday conversations to change minds. As HRC's Youth & Campus Outreach associate director, Gingrich-Jones works to provide tools, facilitate connections and empower Gen EQ (Generation Equality) to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond.

Gingrich-Jones lives in Hyattsville, Md., with her wife, Rebecca.