Yesterday, several HRC staff, along with several local HRC Charlotte volunteers and leaders, had the opportunity to attend the Hillary Clinton rally featuring First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
As a huge crowd formed in the Charlotte Convention Center, we were excited to see several local elected officials like openly LGBTQ Charlotte City Council Members LaWana Mayfield and Al Austin as well as Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack.
U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams pumped up the crowd and Democratic Candidate for Governor, Roy Cooper, introduced the First Lady. HRC has endorsed both Adams and Cooper and we are working to get out the vote for pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot in North Carolina.
Just weeks before early voting, Mrs. Obama reminded the crowd how every vote counts in this election, particularly in North Carolina.
“In 2008, Barack won North Carolina by 14,000 votes, about 2 votes per precinct. Then he in 2012 he lost the state by about 17 votes per precinct,” she said. ““Elections aren’t just about coming to rallies and posting selfies, it’s about getting to work.”
It was a stark reminder to anyone considering staying home on election day that the future of LGBTQ equality could be decided by just two votes at your polling location.
Breanna Diaz, HRC’s Legislative Counsel who came down from Washington, D.C., for the week to help mobilize HRC members and supporters in the North Carolina joined me at the rally.
”The importance of this election for North Carolina, the nation, and for the LGBTQ community cannot be stressed enough.” she said. “At stake is a pro-equality Supreme Court, pro-equality executive administration, and pro-equality legislation like the Equality Act as well as locally, the repeal of HB2. It is essential that we #turnOUT the pro-equality vote this election by volunteering for endorsed candidates and showing up at the polls this November.”
“I know I’m not alone in feeling that this has been a long campaign season,” HRC Board of Directors and Charlotte resident, Scott Bishop said. “And yes, I am ready for the election to be over, but I am now inspired to ‘roll up my sleeves’ and make sure this is not a missed opportunity. The stakes are too high!”
If you live in Charlotte or the Triangle area of North Carolina, join HRC’s work to turn out pro-equality voters. Click here to sign-up to volunteer at our Charlotte or Raleigh offices.
This November, HRC is working to #turnOUT the vote across the country, including the growing and highly engaged LGBTQ community. Today, there are an estimated 331,412 LGBTQ adults living in North Carolina — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 180,500 votes. The LGBTQ voting bloc in North Carolina will play a pivotal role in the presidential, gubernatorial and other down ballot races. If you have questions about HRC’s work in North Carolina to #turnOUT voters or would like to join us, please contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director at Ryan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Pictured left to right: HRC”s Legislative Counsel Breanna Diaz, HRC Charlotte Community Engagement Co-chair Chris Turner, HRC Board of Directors Scott Bishop, HRC’s Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Wilson
First Lady Michelle Obama speaking
Pictured from left to right: Congresswoman Alma Adams; Charlotte NAACP President, Corine Mack, County Commissioner Trevor M. Fuller, Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, and Councilman Al Austin