HRC President Chad Griffin was in Nevada this past week to rally support in the Silver State to make sure we have pro-equality voices elected to Congress this year. In addition to being a swing state for the presidential race, there are several other competitive races where there’s a clear difference between the candidates’ positions on LGBTQ equality.
At an event held at the Las Vegas home of Ron Quinn, a member of HRC’s Board of Governors, Griffin spoke about why it was so important to make HRC-endorsed congressional candidate Jacky Rosen the next congresswoman in Nevada’s 3rd District. Her opponent, who has unsuccessfully run for office five times, is not content to simply endorse anti-LGBTQ legislation in Nevada but has also publicly endorsed HB2 in North Carolina.
The next day, Griffin kicked off a canvass event with HRC-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto in the tight race to replace Harry Reid. Cortez Masto spoke movingly about how she wanted to be a strong voice for the LGBTQ community in Washington and would push to pass the Equality Act. Emphasizing the historic nature of this election for the LGBTQ community, state Sen. David Parks, a pioneer in the Nevada legislature on LGBTQ non-discrimination, spoke about how excited he was to see HRC’s mobilization of the community across the country.
HRC has been on the ground for months now working to activate our members and the entire LGBTQ community to get out the vote. Today, there are an estimated 93,300 LGBTQ voters living in Nevada — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 69,731 votes.