Human Rights Campaign Endorses Kristen Browde for NY State Assembly

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics

Browde would become the first transgender state legislator in New York

HRC announced the endorsement of Kristen Browde in her bid for New York’s ninety-third assembly district. 

Kristen Browde has spent decades as a TV journalist, lawyer and LGBTQ activist. She was a crucial member of the coalition to pass GENDA, New York’s comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination law.  She serves in key leadership posts as the board president of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and co-chair of the National Trans Bar Association. If elected, Browde would become New York’s first out transgender state legislator.

“I have worked closely with Kristen Browde to make progressive change in New York for many years and have come to know what Westchester is learning: Kristen is a powerhouse who will fight for what she knows is right,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “From working to pass GENDA, to her work as the board president of the LGBT Bar Association, Kristen has made positive change for our community at critical moments. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Kristen and look forward to working to ensure that New York has an accomplished advocate for the transgender community in the New York State Legislature.”

“I’m truly honored to have the support of the nation’s largest pro-equality organization, one that has been at the forefront of so many advances and one that has as its singular focus ensuring that true equality is achieved sooner rather than later,” said Kristen Browde. “Together we can – and will – continue the progress, no matter how the administration in Washington tries to block it.”

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 (Az, MI, NV, OH, PA, TX, and WI) and an additional 20 staff focused on a second tier of states and districts.


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