The Human Rights Campaign is going on a hiring spree ahead of the 2018 elections, announcing plans to bring in 20 new full-time campaign staff — nearly doubling its existing political structure — and focusing efforts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada.
The new effort by the LGBTQ advocacy group will be called HRC Rising and will be backed by $26 million in allocated funds for political, field, grassroots organizing, volunteer engagement, communications and digital staffers.
“It’s not enough to resist the hateful policies and attacks coming from the Trump-Pence regime — we’ve got to accelerate the pace of progress toward full equality and secure protections for LGBTQ people in states and communities across the country,” HRC president Chad Griffin said.
The focus states were selected because of the concentration of HRC members and supporters, but they’re also home to what are likely to be some of the most competitive races for governor, Senate and House next year.
The advocacy group said LGBTQ voters were the only demographic group to vote in higher numbers for Hillary Clinton in 2016 than for Barack Obama in 2012, and it will be expanding and deploying its “Equality Voter Model” to target and organize both LGBTQ voters and those “likely to oppose candidates who attack the civil rights of LGBTQ people.”
The group has positioned itself as a leader of the opposition to President Donald Trump, taking on a role as a nexus of LGBTQ pushback and coordination with other progressive groups.
“The power and determination of the 10 million LGBTQ voters and our allies across America will only continue to grow stronger in the face of discriminatory attacks on our rights and freedoms,” Griffin said.
Here are five ways you can help HRC in this historic grassroots movement:
- Text “RISING” to 30644. By joining, you’ll be up to date on the latest LGBTQ news, actions and resources available.
- Visit hrc.im/Rising and join the HRC community of more than three million highly-engaged members, supporters, volunteers and activists in pledging your support for equality.
- Call, write and visit your elected representatives when asked. Find more than a dozen ways to make a difference at hrc.org/help.
- Get your friends, family and colleagues to take action in supporting LGBTQ legislation and voting for pro-equality candidates. You can also contact your member of congress by texting MY CONGRESS to 30644. Check out our congressional scorecard on elected officials LGBTQ voting records.
- Pledge to vote in every election, including the upcoming 2018 cycle.