Candace Gingrich

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Candace Gingrich
Candace Gingrich.jpg
Candace Gingrich in 2008
Born (1966-06-02) June 2, 1966 (age 50)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA[1]
Nationality American
Occupation LGBT rights activist

Candace Gingrich (born June 2, 1966) is an American LGBT rights activist at the Human Rights Campaign. She is the half-sister of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is more than 20 years her senior. She pronounces her name "Gingrick".[2]


Candace Gingrich was born to Robert and Kathleen (Daugherty) Gingrich[3] on June 2, 1966. She attended high school at Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,[4] and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1989.[5]

Professional work[edit]

Although Gingrich's sexual orientation was publicly reported on as early as 1994,[6] she first gained significant press attention in 1995 as a spokesperson for gay rights.[7][8][9] She served as the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Project Spokesperson for 1995 and was named one of Esquire's "Women We Love" and "Women of the Year" for Ms. magazine. She is currently the Senior Manager of the Human Rights Campaign's Youth & Campus Outreach.[10] Her autobiography, Accidental Activist: A Personal and Political Memoir, was released in 1996.[11]

Public appearances[edit]

She has guest-starred on the television sitcom Friends in January 1996, in which she officiated over a commitment ceremony for two recurring characters in the episode "The One With the Lesbian Wedding."[12] She also appeared on the debut of Al Franken's TV program Lateline in 1998.[13] Candace appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on December 7, 2011 to talk about her half-brother Newt Gingrich. On April 9, 2011 she received the LGBT Humanist Pride Award from the American Humanist Association.[citation needed]

Gingrich endorsed President Barack Obama in 2012, despite her half-brother running for the Republican nomination.[14]


She married playwright Rebecca Jones in 2009.[15] The Gingrich-Joneses lived in Hyattsville, Maryland, where Candace played rugby with the Washington Furies.[16] In 2013 it was reported the couple were divorcing.[17]

See also[edit]

  • A Union in Wait, a 2001 documentary film about same-sex marriage, directed by Ryan Butler


  1. ^ Bio on Candace Gingrich
  2. ^ Seelye, Katharine. Speaker's Sister Now Speaking Out, New York Times, March 6, 1995. Retrieved on April 11, 2007.
  3. ^ (25 September 2003). Kathleen Gingrich: Mother of former house speaker, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  4. ^ (20 April 1996). Newt and Sister Agree to Disagree, York Daily Record ("The Central Dauphin East High School graduate is fighting to implement what ...")
  5. ^ Foreman, Chris (12 October 2004). Candace Gingrich argues gay rights are about equality, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  6. ^ (24 November 1994). Gingrich Opts for Gay Tolerance, Eugene Register Guard (Associated Press story)
  7. ^ May, A.L. (6 March 1995). Gingrich's lesbian half-sister speaks, Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Cox News Service story)
  8. ^ (7 March 1995). Gingrich: I don't mix family and politics, Reading Eagle (Associated Press story)
  9. ^ Isikoff, Michael (12 March 1995). Gingrich: Newt's Gay Sister Gets Out Front, Newsweek
  10. ^ Wynne, Sharon Kennedy (23 June 2005). A Conversation with Candice Gingrich, St Petersburg Times
  11. ^ Harlan, Megan (13 September 1996). The Accidental Activist: A Personal and Political Memoir (review), Entertainment Weekly
  12. ^ Stewart, Richard (21 January 1996). 'Friends' episode preempted due to lesbian wedding, Observer-Reporter (reprint of Houston Chronicle story)
  13. ^ Shales, Tom (20 March 1998). Test run of 'lateline' sitcom attempts satire about media and politics, The Ledger
  14. ^ Shahid, Aliyah. Gingrich’s sister: I'm voting for Obama!, New York Daily News, December 8, 2011. Retrieved on December 21, 2011.
  15. ^ Benac, Nancy (18 December 2011). Ex-speaker offers new Newt Gingrich for 2012, The Detroit News ("She says Gingrich and wife Callista sent wedding and shower gifts when she married Rebecca Jones in 2009")
  16. ^ Guy Adams (January 14, 2012). "Why Newt Gingrich's sister says vote Obama". The Independent. UK. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
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