Human Rights Campaign endorses Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate

Wendy Strout, Wisconsin State Director at the Human Rights Campaign, released the following statement:

“The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes for the US Senate. Throughout his journey in public life, Barnes has been a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and fought to ensure that all people, regardless of their background or whoever they love, have the same rights and opportunities. We have a long history of fighting for LGBTQ+ equality here in Wisconsin, but with a handful of extremist politicians unabashedly attacking LGBTQ+ families, and young people in particular, we know our fight is far from over. We must elect Barnes to ensure we have an equality-supporting majority in the US Senate and fulfill our nation’s founding promise of full equality for all.

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes released the following statement:

“I have spent my career fighting discriminatory bills targeting the LGBTQ+ community and I am grateful to have the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign,” said Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, candidate for the United States Senate. “To our LGBTQ+ community, especially young people, you belong. I promise to never stop fighting on your behalf to make our state and county a better and safer place for you.

As an organizer, state legislator, and lieutenant governor, Barnes has spent his career fighting for equality and economic opportunity for all. Barnes was part of one of the most pro-equality administrations in Wisconsin history and was a vocal ally of LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ+ people of color, as he worked to create a state fair and inclusive for all. If elected to the US Senate, he has pledged to sponsor the Equality Act – a comprehensive non-discrimination bill that would add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to federal laws. on civil rights, in addition to protections for women, people of color, and people. of all faiths.

HRC’s Commitment to Wisconsin

Equality voters, including the nearly 715,000 in Wisconsin, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse 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.

HRC has had staff and resources on the ground in Wisconsin since 2017. 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 text messages 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

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