MILWAUKEE -- Today the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers for another term in office. HRC PAC is committed to engaging our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the 700,000+ Equality Voters in Wisconsin in support of Gov. Evers and other pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot.
Human Rights Campaign Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout released the following statement:
“From day one of his governorship, Governor Evers has prioritized the advancement of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. He enacted non-discrimination protections for transgender state employees and has stood strong against efforts by anti-equality forces in the state legislature to pass anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. We applaud Gov. Evers tireless allyship and exemplary commitment to expanding LGBTQ+ equality and doing the right thing for Wisconsin. We proudly endorse Gov. Evers for reelection and commit to mobilizing LGBTQ+ Wisconsinites and our allies to ensure Gov. Evers can continue to work towards making our state an inclusive place for all.”
Governor Tony Evers released the following statement:
"Doing the right thing for Wisconsin means always fighting for equality and protecting the rights of everyone in our state. Every Wisconsinite deserves to stand boldly in their truth, without fear of persecution, judgement, or discrimination. That's why I'm proud to have the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, which has worked tirelessly to fight discrimination and support the LGBTQ community."
A Record as a Champion of Equality
Throughout his governorship, Evers has illustrated his commitment to LGBTQ+ equality by signing a multitude of executive orders designed to protect and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Following a successful election campaign and a previous endorsement from HRC in 2018, Gov. Evers signed an executive order that provided non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees and LGBTQ+ people receiving government services on his first day in office. Later in his term, Evers signed additional executive orders banning the use of state and federal funds for conversion therapy for minors and ensuring that the rainbow pride flag be flown over the East Wing of the Wisconsin Capitol Building for the month of June in recognition of Pride month. Gov. Evers has also repeatedly blocked anti-LGBTQ+ legislation passed by the anti-equality state legislature, keeping it from being enacted into law.
HRC’s Commitment to Wisconsin
Equality Voters, including the 700,000+ in Wisconsin, 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.
HRC has had staff and resources on the ground in Wisconsin since 2017. Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) as an in-kind contribution to Tony for Wisconsin. Not authorized by any federal candidate or candidate’s committee.
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