Post submitted by Stephen Peters, former Senior National Press Secretary and Spokesperson
HRC announced its endorsement of Katie Hill (D) in her bid to represent the people of California’s 25th Congressional District. An openly bisexual woman and strong advocate for equality, Katie is running to unseat anti-LGBTQ Rep. Steve Knight (R).
“Katie Hill is the clear choice for voters who believe in fairness, justice, and equality for all,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “The hard-working families of California’s 25th Congressional District deserve a representative who is committed to defending their values, standing up to this administration’s attacks on equality, and fighting to secure a stronger future for every American. HRC is proud to endorse Katie Hill, and we look forward to working closely with her in Congress to advance LGBTQ equality.”
“As a bisexual woman running to represent the people of my hometown in Congress, I am deeply proud to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that champions and provides necessary services for the LGBTQ community," said Katie Hill. "I know how LGBTQ people are disparately impacted by issues like homelessness and lack of access to health care. For me, the fight to end discrimination is personal, and I look forward to being a voice for all LGBTQ people at the federal level.”
Katie started her career in public service by using her talents to grow People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) from a local organization to California’s largest non-profit provider of homes for the homeless. Katie is devoted to advancing LGBTQ equality and passing the Equality Act — critically important federal legislation that would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws. Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for far too many LGBTQ Americans. HRC polling has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination.
Katie is running against the incumbent, Rep. Steve Knight — who scored an abysmal 16 percent on the HRC Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress. Notably, in May 2016, Knight shamefully voted to add an anti-LGBTQ provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could have permitted sweeping anti-LGBTQ discrimination in all federal agencies, not just the Department of Defense. The provision, which ultimately did not become law, would have jeopardized President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in federal contracting.
In California, HRC has identified more than 1.4 million LGBTQ voters and more than 9 million likely “Equality Voters” — meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign to mobilize these voters for the midterm elections called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history.
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