The Equality PAC, the political action committee lead by openly LGBTQ members of Congress, has thrown its support behind Joseph Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
In a statement exclusive to the Washington Blade, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said the Equality PAC, which he co-chairs, is backing Biden because he “has been a strong leader on LGBTQ issues over his career and as president will continue to be a champion for our community.”
“Too many LGBTQ Americans can still get fired from their jobs or kicked out of their homes just because of who they are,” said Cicilline. “This is wrong and it’s why electing Joe Biden is critical in our fight for full equality.”
“One year ago the House made history and passed the Equality Act, which protects all LGBTQ Americans from discrimination — but the Senate has failed to act,” Cicilline said. “Joe Biden’s candidacy will help elect Democrats across the country to secure the pro-equality Democratic majorities needed in the House and Senate to see the Equality Act become a reality.”
“Throughout his career Joe Biden has been a fierce advocate and steady ally for LGBTQ people and those living around around the world, from supporting our right to marry when it wasn’t popular to promoting acceptance of our youth through his work as a private citizen at the Biden Foundation,” Takano said. “His commitment and character is desperately needed right now.”
Takano also drew on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia in declaring support for Biden.
“As we recognize International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia today, I say it’s time to fight back, it’s time to restore the soul of our nation, and it’s time we make the United States a global leader in human rights, and I say, ‘Let’s go, Joe!’” Takano said.
Reggie Greer, LGBTQ+ vote director for the Biden campaign, said the former vice president is “deeply proud and honored to receive the support of Equality PAC.”
“For years, Equality PAC has worked tirelessly to ensure LGBTQ+ people have a critical voice in Congress to fight back against discriminatory policies and advance pro-equality measures,” Greer said. “Their leadership led to the most pro-equality Congress in history as well as the historic passage of the Equality Act in the House of Representatives, which occurred exactly one-year ago today.”
“As we work towards our shared mission of improving the lives of all LGBTQ+ people, we stand committed and ready to work with Equality PAC to ensure we usher in a wave of pro-equality champions into government this November and elect Joe Biden our next president,” Greer continued.