Human Rights Campaign Endorses Minnesota Champions for Equality

by Wyatt Ronan

Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced the endorsement of champions of equality running for the Minnesota State Senate.

Minnesota has been a leader in advancing LGBTQ equality, though more progress must be made, like banning the so-called practice of “conversion therapy.” Today’s endorsements mark the next step of our efforts to elect as many pro-equality allies as possible to the State Senate to build on the hard-won progress made for LGBTQ people across the state.

Minnesota’s leadership on LGBTQ equality makes the state an example for the rest of the country, but the 175,000 LGBTQ Minnesotans who rely on these protections know how important it is for us to fight to keep them. There is still more work to do, both to defend the protections on the books and to advance measures that will deliver greater equality to all Minnesotans. Today we are excited to endorse thirteen pro-equality Minnesota State Senate candidates who will be champions for LGBTQ equality across the board. This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes, and these candidates understand that there is so much at stake for LGBTQ equality now and for decades to come.

Lindsey Clark, Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaigns Director

HRC Endorsed Candidates include:

  • Aric Putnam (SD-14)
  • Sara Flick (SD-25)
  • Aleta Borrud (SD-26)
  • Bonnie Westlin (SD-34)
  • Jerry Newton (SD-37)
  • Ann Johnson Stewart (SD-44)
  • Steve Cwodzinski (SD-48)
  • Susan Kent (SD-53)
  • Karla Bingham (SD-54)
  • Lindsey Port (SD-56)
  • Greg Clausen (SD-57)
  • Matt Little (SD-58)
  • Scott Dibble (SD-61)

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.

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