The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us.
Congratulations to Sam Brinton who is joining the Trevor Project as Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs. He will be based in D.C. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. They have trained counselors available 24/7. Any young person in crisis can call the TrevorLifeline at 866-488-7386.
Brinton has led the fight to end the discredited and dangerous practice of conversion therapy and last year founded and leads the 50 Bill 50 States campaign to end it. His goal was first to end the practice in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Brinton has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. The campaign has been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets.
Brinton’s professional training is in the field of nuclear engineering and public policy. He received two graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Nuclear Engineering and the Technology Policy Program. He served as a policy analyst, fellow and director of government affairs focused on nuclear energy at a number of think tanks and energy organizations. He has authored legislation and briefed members of Congress and presidents including Obama and Trump on nuclear physics.
Brinton makes his home in Washington, D.C., is an avid singer with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, and is engaged to Kevin Rieck.
Congratulations also to Joe Sangirardi who has started his new position as Associate Director for Leadership Giving with the Human Rights Campaign. He will advance HRC’s “Leadership Giving program” consisting of top donors investing in all areas of HRC’s work, including HRC’s new initiative, “HRC Rising.” Working with senior leadership, Sangirardi will manage the discovery, cultivation, and stewardship of individuals investing in the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights advocacy organization at a pivotal time for the LGBTQ community. Upon accepting the position Joe said, “Financial resources are an instrumental catalyst for advancing pro-LGBTQ policies. I cannot overstate the impact HRC will have on all LGBTQ Americans in the coming elections. The more support HRC receives, the greater advancement we’ll see. With the help of equality-voters, HRC can swing elections across the country and make sure America’s increasingly pro-equality sentiments are reflected in our federal government. That’s why I’m so excited to join HRC’s efforts.”
Prior to joining HRC, he was Director of Development for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. He worked there for a number of years in different roles, including Director of Major Gifts and Regional Development Director. He has also worked for the President’s Associates, University of Oklahoma. He is a former board member of Aspiring Americans Initiative.