Human Rights Campaign Endorses House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

by HRC Staff

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HRC announced the endorsement of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

HRC announced the endorsement of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. 

Last year, with the crucial support of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House passed the Equality Act, historic and crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. But rather than giving LGBTQ people a fair shot, Sen. McConnell has blocked the bill from coming up for a vote. Reelecting a pro-equality House will be absolutely crucial to not only pass the Equality Act, but ensure access to quality, affordable health care is protected, common sense gun safety legislation can be considered and voting rights can be advanced.

“Leader Hoyer is a true ally that our movement would be worse off without,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “His leadership and stewardship of pro-equality legislation like the Equality Act and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have made a true difference in the lives of LGBTQ people across America. We must work to ensure we not only maintain the pro-equality majority in the House but elect pro-equality partners in the Senate and White House to bring the change LGBTQ people need across this country. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse true champions of our community like Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn.”’

"I am honored to receive the Human Rights Campaign's endorsement," said Congressman Hoyer. "As we approach Pride Month, it's critically important that we continue working to achieve justice and equality for all Marylanders. I've been proud to work with the Human Rights Campaign for many years to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, and I look forward to our continued partnership as we keep fighting against the Trump Administration's hateful anti-LGBTQ policies." 

In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 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. HRC's unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization's grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable. In 2020, our engagement and mobilization efforts will only deepen. HRC will have at least 45 full-time staff in seven priority states and an additional 20 staff focused on a second tier of states and districts.

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