HRC Members Meet with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to #turnOUT the Vote

This week, Rob Lopardo and Nik Harris, members of HRC’s Board of Governors and co-chairs of HRC’s South Florida Steering Committee, met with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the most senior Representative in Congress from Florida.

During that meeting, the Congresswoman and HRC discussed the importance of passing equal rights legislation this next session and the prospects for doing so under various election scenarios. They also took time to look back on the progress the LGBTQ community has seen the last eight years, but also on the need to move forward and end discrimination against our community. 

The Congresswoman, who’s son is transgender, praised HRC for changing hearts and minds in this country, and emphasized that her door is always open to member of the LGBTQ and allied community. The South Florida Steering Committee has had the good fortune to meet with the Congresswoman in the past during HRC’s Lobby Days. During Lobby Days, HRC members and supporters from across the country go to Capitol Hill to advocate for equal rights. Our South Florida co-chairs assured her that we are looking forward to seeing her again this at this spring’s Lobby Day if not before.

HRC was proud to endorse Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who has long been a champion for equality and received a perfect 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard this year—the only Republican in the House of Representatives to do so. The Congresswoman is a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Task Force.

Last year, HRC featured her in the “Moms for Transgender Equality” campaign about her journey of acceptance and understanding with her transgender son.

HRC has staff on-the-ground working to mobilize HRC members and supporters to elect pro-equality candidates in Florida. Click here to learn more about HRC’s endorsed candidates in Florida, to sign up to volunteer with HRC and to see your early vote locations.

No need to wait until Election Day to cast your vote in Florida! Early voting for some counties in Florida ends today, Saturday, Nov. 5, while other counties can vote early until Sunday, Nov. 6. Check your county’s early voting deadline here. How important is your vote? There are an estimated 565,800 LGBTQ voters living in Florida — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 230,579 votes. Find your nearest voting location at

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