June 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm EDT | by Staff reports
GetEQUAL co-director to step down
Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL, gay news, Washington Blade

Heather Cronk, on right, plans to step down after six years with GetEqual. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — The co-director of GetEQUAL announced on June 7 that she would leave the organization in September.

“As I reflect on my work with GetEQUAL and what I was feeling when I began that work exactly six years ago today, I know without a doubt that it’s time for a new leader to come into this network and shake things up,” wrote Heather Cronk on the organization’s website. “The past six years have been filled with ups and downs, wins and losses, and loads of lessons.”

“I’ve done some things right and a lot of things wrong, but the movement has — without a doubt — changed substantially from the movement I walked into on my first day of work with GetEQUAL,” she added.

Cronk joined GetEQUAL in 2010.

She noted the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and President Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against their LGBT employees as among the issues on which GetEQUAL worked during her tenure. Cronk cited violence against transgender women of color and the corporatization of Pride celebrations as among the “work left to do.”

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