FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2020
Lucas Acosta | Lucas.Acosta@hrc.org | (347) 834-5063
WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization announced the endorsement of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
Last year, with the crucial support of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the U.S. House passed the Equality Act, historic and crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws. But rather than giving LGBTQ people a fair shot, Sen. McConnell has blocked the bill from coming up for a vote. Reelecting a pro-equality House will be absolutely crucial to not only pass the Equality Act, but ensure access to quality, affordable health care is protected, common sense gun safety legislation can be considered and voting rights can be advanced.
“Whip Clyburn has been a consistent ally for our community,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “As Whip, Congressman Clyburn has ensured the passage of pro-equality legislation, like the Equality Act, to provide crucial protections and rights for the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Whip Clyburn and look forward to working with him to protect and advance civil rights for all.”
“Our nation’s vision is embodied in our Pledge of Allegiance with ‘liberty and justice for all’, and, for too long, that promise has not been realized by too many Americans,” Congressman Clyburn said. “It has been my mission in Congress to stand up for those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised and discriminated against because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I am honored to receive this endorsement and look forward to continuing my work with the Human Rights Campaign to make the vision of America accessible and applicable to all people.”
In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC’s unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization’s grassroots army in an all-out effort 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 will only deepen. HRC will have at least 45 full-time staff in seven priority states and an additional 20 staff focused on a second tier of states and districts.