Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary
The House LGBTQ Caucus grew to its largest size in history with the victories of Human Rights Campaign (HRC)-endorsed candidates Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones.
The House LGBTQ Caucus grew to its largest size in history with the victories of Human Rights Campaign (HRC)-endorsed candidates Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones. Crucially, the LGBTQ Caucus has grown to nine members, significantly increasing its representation of people of color, a key priority of HRC, by adding its first Black and Afro-Latino members.
HRC evaluated the field early this cycle and determined there was a significant opportunity to increase representation of people of color in Congress through early targeted investments and endorsements. In New York, HRC Equality Votes PAC invested five figures in digital advertising to ensure openly LGBTQ candidates Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres won their primaries in heavily Democratic districts.
HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. This election year, HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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