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This LGBTQ History Month, #turnOUT for Equality

October is LGBTQ History Month, and this year, it’s more consequential than ever. What we do over the next 30 days to mobilize and #turnOUT the pro-equality vote will make the difference between waking up on November 9 to a Trump-Pence administration — or celebrating the election of our next trailblazing champions to the White House. The LGBTQ community represents a voting bloc of nearly 10 million — and we can be the tipping point in key battleground states like North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. Together with our millions of allies, we must not only reflect on the gains we have made throughout LGBTQ History Month — but act and #turnOUT like never before.

From Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s campaign of hate, to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s attacks on the LGBTQ community, to the more than 200 anti-LGBT bills that were introduced in 34 states this legislative session–we know that dozens of elected officials across the country are working to roll back LGBTQ equality and the progress we’ve made.

“We can only win when we have elected leaders at every level of government who fight with us, and not against us,” HRC President Chad Griffin explained. “Even in 2016, after all our community has accomplished — from nationwide marriage equality, to landmark hate crimes protections, to the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — there are still shameful politicians in far too many states who will stop at nothing to see discrimination enshrined into law.”

While there have been many historic moments for the LGBTQ community in the past several years, there have also been incredible individuals-including elected officials- who knocked down barriers.

People such as Frank Kameny, Bayard Rustin, Sylvia Rivera, Audre Lorde, Bishop Gene Robinson, Jim Obergefell, among others, had such a huge impact on the fight for LGBTQ equality and beyond. And with only 37 days until Election Day, we also recognize those politicians and elected officials who made history, including Harvey Milk, Tammy Baldwin, Mark Takano and Victoria Kolakowski, who laid the foundation of our movement.

Now is the time to follow in the footsteps of those who made history, electing pro-equality candidates, like Ann Kirkpatrick, Runn Feingold and Patrick Murphy, and voting for the most pro-equality ticket in presidential ticket in history: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. 

Clinton and Kaine’s platform covers a wide array of LGBTQ issues – from their commitment to pass the Equality Act and their endorsement of marriage equality, to their advocacy for LGBTQ youth and their pledge to help end violence against transgender people.

We must support these and other pro-equality candidates so they can build on the progress of the Obama administration. Think of all the progress we’ve made under President Obama’s leadership and what could be rolled back, including: nationwide marriage equality; the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ employees of federal contractors, landmark hate crimes legislation; greater visibility for transgender people; support for HIV prevention and affordable treatment; and more.

The stakes could not be higher for the LGBTQ community this election. Take action today. Register to vote by visiting www.hrc.org/vote. Learn more about the candidates and what’s at stake at www. hrc.org/VoteEquality.

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