The Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) recently announced its endorsements of 11 transgender and non-binary state legislative candidates in Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This is in addition to two previous endorsements of transgender and non-binary state legislative candidates in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. HRC PAC is committed to mobilizing our volunteers, members, and supporters to turn out the more than two million Equality Voters in support of pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot.
Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof:
“Across the country, anti-LGBTQ+ state legislators have introduced a record number of bills attacking our community, with most bills aimed at rolling back the rights of transgender children and their families. The Human Rights Campaign is immensely proud to endorse these transgender and non-binary state legislative candidates who in addition to being crucial voices in their legislatures will also be a resounding rebuke to the wave of attacks against our community. We all benefit from their history-making leadership and unwavering commitment to make real and positive change on behalf of their constituents.”
HRC’s Commitment to Voter Mobilization Efforts
Equality Voters, of which there are more than 62 million across the country, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who advocate for policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
State Legislative House Endorsements:
CO-27: Brianna Titone
ME-21: Ambureen Rana
MN-66: Leigh Finke
MT-100: Zooey Zephyr
NH-Stratford 12: Gerri Cannon
NH-Hillsborough 20: Joshua Query
OK-88: Mauree Turner
RI-14: Giona Picheco
VT-Chittenden 15: Brian Cina
VT-Chittenden 21: Taylor Small
State Legislative Senate Endorsements:
DE-1: Sarah McBride
Previously endorsed transgender or non-binary 2022 state legislative candidates:
PA-49: Izzy Smith for Pennsylvania State House
WI-05: Jessica Katzenmeyer for Wisconsin State Senate