LPAC Endorses Three Progressives for U.S. Senate

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LPAC Endorses Three Progressives for U.S. Senate

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by teamlpac

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LPAC ENDORSES THREE PROGRESSIVES FOR U.S. SENATE

Nation’s grassroots lesbian PAC endorses Russ Feingold (D-WI), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), and Ted Strickland (D-OH), allies who will be progressive champions for LGBTQ women

 

Washington, DC (April 21, 2016) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, announced the first endorsements of male candidates on its 2016 slate, all steadfast allies of LGBTQ women. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), and Ted Strickland (D-OH) will use their extensive legislative experience to advance LGBT rights, women’s equality and social justice, the values on which LPAC bases its endorsements.

 

“This election is an opportunity to return the Senate to a legislative body that works to advance issues of importance to lesbian and queer women,” said LPAC Executive Director, Beth Shipp. “With reproductive rights and LGBT equality under attack – we need champions in the U.S. Senate, as well as a progressive majority that can protect and defend our progress, and confirm progressive judicial nominees. Russ Feingold, Patrick Murphy and Ted Strickland will be exceptional leaders in the U.S. Senate, and we look forward to seeing them sworn in next January.”

 

“I’m proud to have the support of LPAC and its members who fight for Wisconsin’s LGBTQ women every single day,” said Russ Feingold. “We’ve seen what happens when our leaders refuse to stand up for all of our citizens, and we can’t afford to go back. Progress comes from leadership — not political safety. As a longtime supporter of the rights for LGBTQ Americans, I’m proud to have voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. But we still have work to do. We must fight for efforts such as a federal anti-discrimination and equal pay legislation to protect the rights of our our LGBT friends and neighbors. And we have to continue to ensure that all of Wisconsin’s women have access to quality affordable healthcare. I will continue to be a tireless advocate to ensure that all Wisconsinites enjoy the full benefits of citizenship.”

 

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of LPAC,” said Congressman Patrick Murphy. “The rights of women and the LGBTQ community are under attack in Florida and across the United States. Right here at home, the Florida Department of Children and Families is refusing to protect LGBTQ foster children. That is why it is more important than ever that we elect fair-minded candidates who are willing to fight for justice and equality for all of our families. From fighting for equal pay for equal work and protecting a woman’s right to choose to working for anti-discrimination protection, I will fight every day to protect the values we hold dear – and make them a top priority in the U.S. Senate.”

 

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of LPAC, an organization that shares my strong commitment to fighting for true equality, opportunity and justice for every Ohioan,” said Ted Strickland. “We’ve made some great strides in ensuring the rights of LGBTQ Americans are protected and I am proud to have been a part of this fight —  but we still have so much work to do. Whether the challenge is protecting our friends and neighbors from being fired or evicted simply because of who they are, ending the abusive practice of conversation therapy, or making sure that women receive equal pay for equal work and can make their own healthcare decisions, in the U.S. Senate I will fight back against discrimination at every turn and ensure that every Ohioan receives the full equality they deserve.”

 

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has grown into an influential grassroots political action committee, with members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has raised over $2 million since 2012, and has invested in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country.

 

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LPAC Endorses Angie Craig and Denise Juneau for U.S. House of Representatives

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by teamlpac

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Contact: Beth Shipp
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LPAC ENDORSES ANGIE CRAIG AND DENISE JUNEAU FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
LPAC supports out lesbian Congressional Candidates, providing the voice lacking in Congress

 

Washington, DC (April 6, 2016) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its endorsements of Democratic candidates Angie Craig (MN-02) and Denise Juneau (MT-AL) for Congress. Both out lesbians, Craig and Juneau would become the only out lesbian women in the U.S. House, following Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) election to the U.S. Senate.

“LPAC is proud to endorse Angie and Denise, and we look forward to having their voices in next year’s Congress,” said LPAC Executive Director Beth Shipp. “Congress has had only one out lesbian in its history – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin; it is time that we add two more highly qualified women to that list. Denise and Angie will be outspoken champions for the LGBTQ community and our families. They understand the importance of continuing the fight for LGBT rights, women’s equality and social justice.”

Throughout their careers, both Denise and Angie have demonstrated a commitment to working hard for the values that LPAC champions, and they have a record of tenacious advocacy on behalf of others.

“I am so honored to have the endorsement of the Lesbian Political Action Committee,” said Angie Craig. “My wife and I have worked tirelessly on behalf of the LGBT community and our families. As a wife, mother, and member of the LGBT community, I know that while we have made tremendous progress, there is still work to be done in fighting for equality in all aspects of civic life. I am looking forward to partnering with LPAC in this race as we strive to create a truly fair and accepting America.”

“I’ve spent my career fighting for the underdog and ensuring all Montanans have access to a quality education, our public lands, and the opportunity to build a brighter future,” Denise Juneau said. “Montanans deserve a voice in the U.S. House that works on behalf of everyone, no matter their zip code or who they love.”

Angie Craig and Denise Juneau join Senate Candidates Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Donna Edwards (D-MD), along with Hillary Clinton as the current slate of federal candidates endorsed by LPAC. The organization will announce more endorsements throughout 2016.

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has grown into an influential grassroots political action committee, with members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has raised over $2 million since 2012, and has invested in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country.

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So-called “religious freedom” bills threaten civil liberties throughout the country

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by teamlpac

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Facts at-a-glance:

  • 19 states have introduced RFRA bills in 2015
  • 1 state has legalized discrimination
  • 1 state is poised to pass the most extreme “religious exemption” bill ever written
  • 45 states fail to ban conversion therapy
  • 28 states’ employment non-discrimination laws do not cover sexual orientation and gender identity

Every time we turn around, a new religious exemption law appears to have sprung up – like a hydra of discrimination. It’s taking heroic efforts to beat these bills back! While we’ve won important victories in Virginia and Georgia, it’s a national shame that we are fighting these bills at all.

Our community and allies have made incredible progress in the past decade, but these religious exemption bills are codifying discrimination that has very real, very painful effects on the LGBT community.

Here is an overview of the status of this legislation around the country:

North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed HB2 into law the same night it was passed in the legislature, sparking national outrage.

14 companies, including tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook, and Tumblr, have signed an open letter to Gov. McCrory urging him to repeal the law. Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and several other legal groups have banded together to sue the state of North Carolina over this law.

Want to take action in North Carolina? Check out this link round up.

Georgia

Term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed Georgia’s bill on March 28th. Georgia faced severe pressure from Hollywood: Disney and its subsidiary Marvel threatened to pull production out of Georgia if the law passed. Georgia gives massive tax credits to companies who film in Georgia, but this was not enough to tempt Hollywood to stay in a state that wrote discrimination into their state statutes.

Virginia

LPAC-endorsed Gov.Terry Mcauliffe (D) vetoed Virginia’s religious exemption rule. He also made headlines for his recent veto of a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. Is it coincidence that so many of these states are pushing through anti-LGBT and anti-choice laws simultaneously? We think not!

Mississippi

This bill has passed through the state House and state Senate. It has to go back to the state house for a few revisions, and then it will land on Gov. Phil Bryant’s (R) desk. Mississippi’s hate crimes and non-discrimination laws already offer no protection on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but this law is a step further. This law allows businesses to discriminate based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” – that marriage is between a man and a women, that sexual relations should be between a married man and woman, and that each person’s “true” gender is whatever they were assigned at birth.

Just to clarify, because it’s hard to take this in: Mississippi would like to make sure that health care providers, businesses, and state services can legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Is it 2016 or did Mississippi just build a time machine?

RFRAs around the Country

19 other states have introduced some form of these bills in their legislatures. Some bills will die in committee or fail on an up-or-down vote on the chamber floor.

The success of North Carolina and Mississippi measures, however, will encourage anti-LGBT activists to continue to push their extremist agenda. This discrimination thinly veiled as “religious beliefs” puts LGBT people at risk in our states, even as we continue to win victories at the national level.

What can we do about it?

Local elections matter! These laws are put in place by local politicians whose election often have little press and small turnout. It’s up to us to communicate with our friends and allies to turn out and vote out the bigots!

Our voices make a difference! Indiana and Georgia proved that the voices of LGBT activists matter. We will continue to pressure companies to stand up for LGBT rights and demonstrate the discrimination does not pay. We will continue to vote for candidates who will defend and advance our rights, and show that discrimination is no way to build long-term political power.

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