The Equality PAC Mission
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act – the comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill that would make discrimination against LGBTQ persons in housing, employment, and financing opportunities illegal; addressing LGBTQ Americans’ daily struggles and fears of what could happen to them or what they could lose simply because of who they are and who they love; and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.
During the 2022 election cycle, Equality PAC recruited, endorsed, mentored, and supported a record number and a very diverse group of LGBTQ congressional candidates; protected Frontline Democrats Angie Craig (MN), Sharice Davids (KS), and Chris Pappas (NH) in their first re-election races; made history by electing Becca Balint (VT) as the first woman and openly LGBTQ person to represent Vermont at the federal level, Robert Garcia (CA) as the first openly LGBTQ immigrant elected to Congress, and Eric Sorensen (IL) as the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from Illinois.
In addition, we financially supported over 250 LGBTQ Champions and Allies in races across the country. For the first time, we elected double digit LGBTQ members of the House, making the 118th Congress the “gayest” Congress in history.
Since our founding in 2014, we have raised nearly $50 million to support LGBTQ candidates for Congress, with generous supporters in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico and throughout the business community.
It is undeniable that the LGBTQ community has made historic progress over the last decade – but there is still significant work to do that most Americans, including some of our strongest allies, do not recognize. The majority of Americans viewed marriage equality as the major issue of concern facing the LGBTQ community.
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling on that issue, many of our allies no longer view the LBGTQ community as a marginalized minority group with unique ongoing challenges that still need to be addressed by society and our elected representatives. This remains a constant battle for the LGBTQ community across our country – and especially in the halls of Congress.
Now, more than ever, representation matters. As our community continues to face seemingly daily attacks at all levels of government, it is imperative that we continue to elect LGBTQ persons to federal office who will have a seat at the table, impact the debate, and humanize our community’s concerns. That is why Equality PAC’s efforts to elect more LGBTQ individuals to the House and Senate is so critically important – so that Congress looks like America, including LGBTQ America.
As we look to 2024 – and, especially, to opportunities in potential special elections and newly created districts – we look forward to recruiting, mentoring, and electing even more LGBTQ persons to Congress… and to supporting LGBTQ Allies who have demonstrated a true commitment to LGBTQ Equality and to our Equality PAC mission to bringing nearer the full legal and societal equality of LGBTQ persons and creating a federal, legislative environment conducive to that goal.
Equality PAC is dedicated to bringing nearer the full legal and societal equality of LGBTQ people and creating a federal legislative environment conducive to that goal.
Equality PAC will support openly LGBTQ candidates running for federal office, as well as strong allies and supporters of the LGBTQ community.