HRC responded to reports that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel accepted thousands of dollars from the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to speak at the group’s recent conference in California.
“As Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel has repeatedly used his power to roll back our progress and undermine the rights and freedom of LGBTQ Wisconsinites,” said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout. “From urging the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a potentially sweeping license to discrimnate against LGBTQ people, to opposing protections for LGBTQ youth facing discrimination and bullying in our schools, Schimel proved long before appearing at ADF’s conference that he is unfit to be attorney general and cannot represent all Wisconsinites equally and fairly. Schimel must immediately release the transcripts from his speech to ADF and donate the money he received for the appearance to a charitable organization in Wisconsin working to advance the safety and well-being of Wisconsin’s LGBTQ youth. ”