Cooper Reed, Associate Regional Campaign Director for the Human Rights Campaign, released the following statement:
“Maura Healey made history as the first openly gay attorney general in the United States and is now running to become the nation’s first lesbian governor. During her time as attorney general of Massachusetts, Healey supported a multitude of pro-LGBTQ+ initiatives, from advocating for protections against discrimination to promoting the recognition of gender-neutral markers on ID cards. Her tireless commitment to LGBTQ+ rights has strengthened the LGBTQ+ community and highlights the importance of having LGBTQ+ representation in politics. We are proud to endorse Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, and we will work hard to ensure she can continue to do the hard and necessary work to make Massachusetts a better place. inclusive for all Bay Staters.
A record as champion of equality
Healey was a constant and active advocate for equality, both before and during his tenure as Attorney General of Massachusetts. Before becoming the nation’s first openly gay attorney general, Healey was the civil rights chief in the attorney general’s office and launched the first successful challenge to the anti-LGBTQ+ marriage defense law. She has worked to combat bullying in schools, protect women’s rights to accessible reproductive health care, combat discrimination in loans and housing, and train law enforcement to prevent crimes of hate. After becoming MA Attorney General, Healey led numerous efforts to expand and protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including lobbying for gender-neutral markers at the state and federal levels. She has opposed anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and policy, challenging efforts to roll back protections against discrimination in health care and oppose political attacks on trans people. Healey’s long and successful history advocating for LGBTQ+ rights demonstrates her commitment to equality and exemplifies the type of advocate and leader she would be if elected Governor of Massachusetts.
HRC’s Commitment to Massachusetts
Equality voters, including Massachusetts’ 2.37 million, are a demographically and geographically diverse electoral bloc of Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent . HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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