Human Rights Campaign Endorses Lisa Middleton for California State Senate

by HRC Staff

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of Palm Springs City Councilmember Lisa Middleton for California State Senate’s 19th district. Middleton’s foray into elected office began in 2017 when she was elected to the Palm Springs City Council, making history as the first openly transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California. She made history again in 2021 as California’s first out transgender mayor. Middleton also represents Palm Springs on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, serves as a member of the CalPERS Board of Administration, and as Second Vice President of the League of California Cities.

With its endorsement, HRC is dedicated to activating its grassroots army of supporters and volunteers in California and mobilizing Equality Voters in support of Middleton’s candidacy. Equality Voters — which surpass 12 million in California and more than 62 million nationwide — are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans for whom LGBTQ+ equality is a top election issue, and who represented 39 percent of the 2022 electorate, nationally.

Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson released the following statement:

“Lisa Middleton’s campaign for California state senate is borne out of her dedication to the vibrant, diverse communities within California’s 19th district. Middleton’s commitment to California’s LGBTQ+ community is apparent at nearly every step of her career, from serving as interim executive director of the Desert LGBTQ Center to her vocal opposition to legislative attacks against transgender youth. Lisa’s long standing service to her community will make her an exceptional representative of her community , and we look forward to mobilizing our grassroots army of volunteers to help her make her case to San Bernardino and Riverside County voters.”

Lisa Middleton released the following statement:

“I’m grateful to the Human Rights Campaign for their support and for the work they do every day to advance equality for all. In the Senate, I’ll never stop fighting to ensure everyone is treated with equal dignity and respect. Families across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties deserve nothing less.”

HRC’s Commitment to California

Equality Voters — including the more than 12 million in California and the more than 62 million nationwide — are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. 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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