Candace Gingrich (born June 2, 1966) is an LGBT rights activist at the Human Rights Campaign. She is the half-sister of former Speaker of the United States House of the House Newt Gingrich, who is more than 20 years her senior.[1]

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 Ms. magazine's "Women of the Year." She is currently the Human Rights Campaign's Senior Youth Outreach Manager. She is the author of an autobiography, Accidental Activist: A Personal and Political Memoir.

She has guest-starred on the television Sitcom Friends, in which she officiated over a commitment ceremony for two recurring characters in the episode "The One With the Lesbian Wedding." She also appeared in Al Franken's TV program "Lateline."

Personal life

She lives with her girlfriend in Washington, D.C., where she plays rugby with the Washington Furies. Occasionally she returns home to Harrisburg to visit her favorite niece, Emily.

Other notable projects or interviews

  • A Union In Wait


  1. Seelye, Katharine. Speaker's Sister Now Speaking Out, New York Times, 03-06-1995. Retrieved on 04-11-2007.