HRC Endorses Elissa Slotkin for Congress

by Ianthe Metzger

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Elissa Slotkin for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.

“Elissa Slotkin has spent her career in service to our nation. She is a tenacious fighter and she will be a champion for Michigan’s working families. When elected, she will be a strong voice in the effort to move equality forward,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “We proudly endorse her candidacy to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, and look forward to working with another pro-equality voice in the United States Congress.”

“I am proud to be endorsed by Human Rights Campaign. The issue of LQBTQ equality is deeply personal for me: my mother came out in the 1980’s and was in a committed same-sex relationship prior to her passing away. There have been important advances for the LGBTQ community in my lifetime, but that progress must be defended -- and advanced,” said Slotkin.

Elissa Slotkin has dedicated her life to serving her country and fighting for every Americans’ right to feel safe in their community. In response to 9/11, Slotkin joined the Central Intelligence Agency, serving three tours in Iraq. She served under both Republican and Democratic administrations at the White House, Office of the Director for National Intelligence, and in the Pentagon. She is a strong supporter of LGBTQ equality, most recently speaking out against President Trump’s effort to ban qualified transgender service members from the military. Slotkin will be facing incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop (R), who is now in his second term. Bishop received a zero on HRC’s most recent congressional scorecard and this summer, voted in favor of an amendment that would have banned critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families.

In July, HRC announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history and will include significant investments in Michigan. HRC has identified more than 1.1 million Michiganders as likely Equality Voters, meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, adoption by LGBTQ people, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.



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