Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Michael Crawford on the Digital Campaign at Freedom to Marry

Interviewee(s):
Crawford, Michael
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
Michael Crawford on the Digital Campaign at Freedom to Marry
Abstract:
Michael Crawford was director of digital campaigns at Freedom to Marry from 2010 to 2016. Crawford was born in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of Houston. He moved to Washington DC in 1999 to work in preparation for the Millennium March for LGBT rights and then went to work for Human Rights Campaign as an associate field director. Crawford joined Freedom to Marry in 2010 where his focus was on mounting several, interrelated digital campaigns, expanding the organization’s email list, and increasing the campaign’s presence on social media. In this interview, Crawford tells about his upbringing and how he became involved in the LGBT movement. He recalls his introduction to the movement for marriage equality and his decision to join Freedom to Marry at a critical moment in the campaign. The interview details several of the key digital campaigns, such as Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, which began to sway public opinion in favor of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
Subject area(s):
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Interview date(s):
2016
Project:
Freedom to Marry
Rights:
Crawford, Michael. "Michael Crawford on the Digital Campaign at Freedom to Marry." Interview by Martin Meeker in 2016. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2017.