One of the biggest LGBT-focused charities in the US has promised to help fight anti-gay conservatives in the 2018 mid-term elections.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has amassed a whopping $26 million for the cause. It will hire 20 full time employees to work with “more than two dozen existing staff working on the initiative.”
The initiative is being called HRC Rising; it will work to “mobilise constituents, register voters and grow the organisation’s grassroots army to flex political muscle in legislatures and at the ballot box.”
Its aim: to win the Senate races in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (where it believes it can replace Republican representatives with pro-equality candidates). Twenty-five Republican House members will also be targeted.
“We’ve got to accelerate the pace of progress toward full equality and secure protections for LGBTQ people in states and communities across the country," argued HRC president Chad Griffin. “That’s why we’re going on offence.
“Our grassroots army of over three million has proven that, even in the face of unprecedented challenges, we can make incredible progress and defeat the hateful politicians who’ve been emboldened by Donald Trump when we organise and mobilise."
We bet Trump is rethinking his decision not to recognize Pride last month. (To be fair, he's just too busy yelling at the TV.)