Portland Activist Wins Global Recognition

Trevor L. Chandler
Trevor L. Chandler

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

Openly gay Portlander Trevor L. Chandler was chosen as one of the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life in the Global Diversity List published by The Economist.


The Public Life category “recognises the achievements of individuals who have used their position in public life, for example as a campaigner, politician or journalist to make an impact in diversity.”


The article states that “Chandler is Associate Regional Field Director at Human Rights Campaign [HRC], which allows him to further the cause of LGBT rights and acceptance by working with supporters, allies and partners on strategy across the Western US. He trains activists on effective messaging, crafting plans and contacting legislators, as well as organising lobby days and rallies to boost awareness of the struggle for equality.”


The other 49 people on this list include Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Prince Henry of Wales, Caitlyn Jenner, Angelina Jolie, Queen Noor of Jordan, Jesse Jackson, Bill Gates, and the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The entire list can be found at http://www.globaldiversitylist.com/top-50-diversity-figures-in-public-life.html.


Trevor was born and raised in New Hampshire. He came to Oregon temporarily a few years ago when HRC assigned him to work with Oregon United for Marriage. He decided to move here permanently and travels to HRC assignments around the country as needed.


The Economist is a weekly newspaper edited in offices in London. It has been in continuous publication since 1843. This was the first year it published the Global Diversity List.