Human Rights Campaign Endorses Kansas Champions for Equality

by Wyatt Ronan

Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced the endorsement of champions of equality running for the Kansas State Legislature.

Kansas’ anti-equality supermajority must be broken to give pro-equality Gov. Laura Kelly the ability to veto anti-equality legislation. Today’s endorsements mark the next step of our efforts to elect as many pro-equality allies as possible to the state legislature so all Kansans, regardless of who they are or whom they love, are treated equally under the law.

We must break the anti-equality supermajority in the Kansas state legislature to give Gov. Laura Kelly the tools she needs to fight back for our community. Breaking an anti-equality supermajority in either chamber will ensure that LGBTQ Kansans aren’t again subject to the kind of discriminatory lawmaking our opponents have put forward in recent years. Today we are excited to endorse 17 pro-equality State Legislative candidates in Kansas who will fight for and finally deliver on LGBTQ equality.

Lindsey Clark, Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaign Director

HRC Endorsed Candidates include:

  • Jeff Pittman (SD-5)
  • Cindy Holscher (SD-8)
  • Lindsey Constance (SD-10)
  • Joy Koesten (SD-11)
  • Rachel Willis (SD-20)
  • Angela Justus Schweller (HD-14)
  • Cole Fine (HD-15)
  • Jo Ella Hoye (HD-17)
  • Mari-Lynn Poskin (HD-20)
  • Susan Ruiz (HD-23)
  • Brandon Woodward (HD-30)
  • Les Lampe (HD-39)
  • Joana Scholtz (HD-40)
  • Katie Dixon (HD-49)
  • Cheryl Arthur (HD-67)
  • Ryan Holmquist (HD-69)
  • Stephanie Byers (HD-86)

In the 2018 midterms, HRC mobilized our grassroots army of 3.2 million members, supporters, and volunteers to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates and engage pro-equality voters. This unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit and train volunteers, register and mobilize voters and grow the organization's political organizing efforts in order 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 have only deepened.While in person organizing has been limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRC has embraced digital organizing, launching a new tool called TEAM allowing our broad network of volunteers and steering committees to engage their networks personally and hundreds of virtual phone banks and text banks to engage pro-equality voters even without the ability to interact in person.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC ( and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Jim Rinefierd, Treasurer

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