LGBTQ people are under attack in state legislatures. Help us fight back.
RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Human Rights Campaign PAC announced its endorsement of Virginia Speaker of House Eileen Filler-Corn and fourteen pro-equality Virginia legislators for the November 2nd general election. The Human Rights Campaign’s early support for these candidates makes clear our commitment to mobilize Virginia’s 1.2 million Equality Voters and elect leaders who will stand with LGBTQ Virginians.
Under House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn’s leadership, Virginia became the first state in the South to adopt comprehensive non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The Virginia Values Act, introduced in the House of Delegates by Delegate Mark Sickles and chief co-patroned by Delegate Delores McQuinn, extends existing state non-discrimination protections in public employment, housing and credit to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and several other characteristics. The Virginia Values Act also adds all-new statewide protections from discrimination in employment and places of public accommodations to a large range of protected characteristics. During the past two legislative cycles, Delegate Danica Roem has championed pro-equality legislation including prohibiting a health insurance carrier from denying or limiting coverage to a transgender individual, prohibiting so-called LGBTQ panic defense, and allowing cities and counties to pass their own non-discrimination ordinances. In the 2019 election, voters in the Commonwealth elected pro-equality majorities to both houses of the General Assembly, making these victories possible.
In August 2019, the Human Rights Campaign PAC endorsed 27 pro-equality legislative candidates which marked the beginning of HRC’s largest ever field, digital and direct mail program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So far in 2021, the Human Rights Campaign PAC has endorsed 18 candidates, including three early endorsements ahead of the June 8th primary, including Delegates Candi Mundon King (HD-2), Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31), and Dawn Adams (HD-68).
From Northern Virginia to Hampton Roads, the Human Rights Campaign PAC deployed field organizers to mobilize 1.2 million Equality Voters across the Commonwealth who prioritize LGBTQ-inclusive policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In Virginia’s 2019 state legislative elections, we targeted and turned out these voters in the 27 districts where the Human Rights Campaign PAC made an endorsement. We will be mobilizing these voters where the Human Rights Campaign has made early endorsements.
*NEW* HRC Endorsed Candidates
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