FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 1, 2022
EMILY’S LIST CELEBRATES LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, honors the beginning of LGBTQ+ History Month, and we commemorate the impact that the LGBTQ+ community has had on our country. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“At EMILYs List, we honor the LGBTQ+ community. EMILYs List is proud to support groundbreaking LGBTQ+ candidates who are bound to make history, such as Tina Kotek and Maura Healey, who are both poised to be the first openly lesbian governors in the nation; Celia Israel, who is poised to be the first openly gay Latina to serve as the mayor of Austin, Texas; Erin Maye Quade, who will be one of the first openly LGBTQ+ women to serve in the Minnesota state Senate if elected.
“While we continue to rally behind our trailblazing candidates for the 2022 midterm elections, we honor the extraordinary women who have paved the way for LGBTQ+ representation within politics, such as Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay woman to serve in the U.S. Congress; Rep. Sharice Davids, the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent the state of Kansas in Congress; Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to serve in a U.S. state legislature; and Dana Nessel, the first openly LGBTQ+ person elected to a statewide office in Michigan. At EMILYs List, we are proud to stand with these groundbreaking candidates and many more, as they will ensure that everyone is both treated and represented fairly in government.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.