#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 7, 2018

by HRC Staff

U.S. House flips w/historic victories for HRC-backed, pro-equality candidates nationwide

HOUSE FLIPS WITH HISTORIC VICTORIES FOR HRC-BACKED, PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES NATIONWIDE: HRC-backed candidates surged to victory last night and are poised to help pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence Administration with a pro-equality majority in the House. On a historic night, voters elected a record number of LGBTQ candidates. In the lead up to the midterms, HRC made a $26 million investment in the largest grassroots expansion in its 38-year history and deployed 150 HRC staff to more than 70 congressional, targeted senate and key statewide races across 23 states. More from HRC.

A record number of LGBTQ lawmakers were elected at all levels. Notably, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was re-elected to the U.S. Senate. Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S. Openly bisexual Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the first elected LGBTQ governor in history, was re-elected. Sharice Davids of Kansas became the first gay Native American lawmaker in Congress. Minnesota’s Angie Craig became the state’s first LGBTQ person elected to Congress. And, in a historic affirmation of equality, voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly upheld non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public spaces.

“Yesterday, millions of LGBTQ voters and allies across the nation rejected the politics of hate and fear and put Donald Trump and Mike Pence on notice,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The days of attacking LGBTQ people for political gain are over, and the American people will not stand for lawmakers who try to drum up votes by trafficking in hate. Thanks to millions of Americans who stood up and fought back, we have succeeded in restoring a sane, pro-equality majority to the House and placing a check on this administration’s hateful agenda. To the 3 million members of the Human Rights Campaign who have worked tirelessly for the last 18 months to out-organize and out-mobilize anti-LGBTQ extremists nationwide, thank you for making history tonight. Together we have sent a loud and clear message that if you come for us, then we will come for you on Election Day.”

In the summer of 2017, the Human Rights Campaign launched HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history. Since then, HRC has endorsed more than 480 pro-equality candidates nationwide, and deployed 150 staff to organize and mobilize voters in more than 70 congressional, targeted senate and key statewide races across 23 states. HRC also backed more women and people of color than in any election cycle in its history: 45 percent of HRC’s endorsees were women -- including 55 percent of non-incumbent candidates -- and nearly one-third were people of color.

HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked more than 8,500 shifts and 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates.

YES ON THREE: Massachusetts voters by a 2-1 margin maintained a 2016 law protecting transgender people from discrimination in critical public accommodations including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stores and public transportation - the first time gender identity non-discrimination protections were on a statewide ballot independent of protections based on sexual orientation. HRC serves as a founding executive committee member of Freedom for All Massachusetts, a coalition of national and state equal rights organizations, which led the successful Yes on 3 Campaign. More from HRC, The Hill, and Advocate.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: Check out our statements on major victories for top HRC-backed candidates!

HEY, KIM DAVIS, LOVE WINS -- YOU LOSE! Voters in Kentucky rejected the county clerk who refused to sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples. More from CNN.

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