A national LGBTQ civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, is working to mobilize LGBTQ and “equality voters” to tip the balance for Democrats in close races in Florida.
The campaign is focusing on the roughly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and over 3.2 million “equality voters” in Florida that it has identified who support progressive policies which protect LGBTQ rights.
The efforts are part of HRC Rising, the organization’s largest grassroots movement in 38 years, a representative for the campaign said.
The Human Rights Campaign has staff canvassing, phone banking and hosting voter registration events in Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami, and is looking to expand to more locations in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election. The campaign recently announced its endorsement for Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum for governor.
“It is clear that LGBTQ voters – and their allies – are one of the most reliable and highly-engaged voting blocs in the United States. From North Carolina to Virginia to Alabama to a wave of historic victories for transgender candidates across the nation this past fall, equality voters are making their voices heard at the ballot box,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in a statement.
“These victories are a model for our battles nationwide. And in 2018, HRC is mobilizing like never before to pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence administration’s hate-fueled agenda and send a loud and clear message that if you come for our community, we’re coming for you on Election Day.”