Human Rights Campaign Endorses Wisconsin Champions for Equality

by HRC Staff

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HRC announced the endorsement of champions of equality running for the Wisconsin State Legislature.

While lesbian, gay, and bisexual Wisconsites are protected from discrimination under state law, Wisconsin is one of 29 states in the country lacking explicit state-level non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

“Wisconsin is fortunate to have a pro-equality governor in Tony Evers, but progress enacting pro-LGBTQ laws has been stymied by legislative leadership. While lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are explicitly protected from discrimination in Wisconsin, our transgender siblings are not. We are proud to endorse 10 champions for LGBTQ equality who have led the fight in their own communities and on the state level to advance equality and defend against attempts to roll back LGBTQ rights. Between now and November, we are laser focused on mobilizing the more than 675,000 Equality Voters throughout the state of Wisconsin to ensure these and other pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot are elected.”

Wendy Strout, HRC Wisconsin State Director

HRC Endorsed Candidates include:

  • Patty Schachtner (SD-10)
  • Jonathon Hansen (SD-30)
  • Brad Pfaff (SD-32)
  • Marisabel Cabrera (AD-9)
  • Robyn Vining (AD-14)
  • Jessica Katzenmeyer (AD-15)
  • Mark Spreitzer (AD-45)
  • Lee Snodgrass (AD-57)
  • Greta Neubauer (AD-66)
  • Jodi Emerson (AD-91)

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 primarily in six key states: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 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. In addition to our expansive volunteer network, HRC will have at least 51 full-time staff in seven priority states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin) and an additional 26 staff focused on a second tier of states. 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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