April 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
HRC sparks transgender flag flap
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Transgender flag to the left (Photo courtesy GLAAD)

WASHINGTON—LGBT rights advocates have criticized the Human Rights Campaign after a staffer reportedly asked a man not to waive a transgender flag during a pro-gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27.

Former National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis wrote on Bilerico that he witnessed an HRC staffer and another person “having a less-than-friendly discussion.” Jerssay Arredondo of United We Dream’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project also claimed the organization removed references to his immigration status from the speech he gave at the same rally.

“We apologize for having caused harm to the individuals involved,” rally organizers said in a statement.

HRC also responded to the controversy.

“It is not true to suggest that any person or organization was told their flag was less important than another,” it said in a press release. “This did not occur and no HRC staff member would ever tolerate such behavior.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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