#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 10, 2016

OUR MARCH TOWARD EQUALITY CONTINUES: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) issued the following statement on the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence:

“Throughout our nation’s history, we’ve faced devastating setbacks in our pursuit of a more perfect union. But even in the darkest of moments, Americans have summoned the courage and persistence to fight on. The results of tonight’s presidential election require us to meet tomorrow with the same resolve and determination.

“This is a crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement. The election of a man who stands opposed to our most fundamental values has left us all stunned. There will be time to analyze the results of this election, but we cannot afford to dwell. We must meet these challenges head on.

“Over the last 18 months, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have intentionally sowed fear and division for cynical political purposes. They now face a decision about whether they will also govern that way. We hope, for the sake of our nation and our diverse community — which includes women, people of color, those with disabilities, immigrants, and people of all faiths and traditions — they will choose a different path.

“For our part, HRC will continue our fight for equality and justice for all with greater urgency and determination than ever before. We must. Lives literally depend on it.

“Despite the outcome of this presidential race, we know that the tide has irreversibly turned in favor of LGBTQ equality. Today, we draw strength from the vast majority of Americans who believe that our lives and rights are worth fighting for. Thanks to you and your tireless work, we deployed the largest get out the vote effort in our organization’s history. In North Carolina, it appears we have defeated the hateful Governor Pat McCrory and helped elect Roy Cooper to repeal HB2. We were proud to support Hillary Clinton, and she made history as the most pro-equality candidate to ever run for president of the United States.

“The defeats we have suffered tonight demonstrate that our future victories will require us to dig deeper and work harder to continue bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice and equality. We must fight to protect our progress, and to limit the damage that Donald Trump has promised.

“To every LGBTQ person across this nation feeling stunned and disheartened, and questioning if they have a place in our country today, I say this: You do. Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. Be bold, be strong, and continue to stand up for the principles that have always made America great.

“At a time like this, we don’t slow down. We double down. Tomorrow, HRC will set to work once again, undeterred and focused on our mission to realize a world in which every single LGBTQ person is safe and equal and valued.”


HISTORIC DEFEAT OF ANTI-LGBTQ NC GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY: Once the results are certified, Roy Cooper’s victory will be confirmed and anti-LGBTQ Pat McCrory — who staked his re-election campaign on the discriminatory HB2 — will have been defeated. By electing Cooper their next governor, North Carolinians have sent a powerful message across their state and this country that targeting the LGBTQ community is a political liability. In 2012, McCrory was elected with an 11-point margin of victory. Not only did HB2 cost McCrory his re-election, it dragged down several state candidates. HRC and Equality NC endorsed Cooper for Governor and Josh Stein for Attorney General, as well as four champions in statehouse races: Rep. Cynthia Ball (D), Chaz Beasley (D), Joe John (D) and Mary Belk (D). More from HRC.

KATE BROWN BECOMES FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ PERSON ELECTED GOVERNOR: In Oregon, Kate Brown made history Tuesday, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected governor. Under her leadership as governor, Oregon banned the practice of gay conversion therapy and extended critical protections for transgender students in Oregon schools. During her time as Senate Majority Leader, Brown, who identifies as bisexual, played a key role in passing Oregon’s non-discrimination law. More from HRC on Brown’s victory and other pro-equality champions elected Nov. 8, and check out a few of the pro-equality candidates elected to the U.S. Congress: Senator-Elect Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator-Elect Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator-Elect Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Congressman-Elect Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). Christine Hauser of The New York Times (@christineNYT) writes about the diversity of candidates winning on Tuesday. Read her piece here.

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