Garden State Equality endorses Pete Buttigieg for President

Garden State Equality offices in Asbury Park
Garden State Equality offices in Asbury Park, NJ

GSE Action Fund decision was unanimous

The Action Fund at Garden State Equality has officially endorsed Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President. The vote among the Action Fund board of directors was unanimous in support of Mayor Pete. Over the last twelve months, the Action Fund deliberated and studied each candidate’s policies, public comments, and positions in making its decision the organization said in a press release.

Christian Fuscarino is the Executive Director of Garden State Equality
Christian Fuscarino is the Executive Director of Garden State Equality

Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality, said in the statement, “Mayor Pete’s visionary, robust agenda for LGBTQ equality perfectly aligns with Garden State Equality’s policy priorities for New Jersey and is the most detailed and innovative blueprint for advancing equality nationwide. From reforming HIV criminalization laws to expanding access to HIV-prevention drugs like PrEP/PEP—in addition to ending the blanket ban on blood donation—Mayor Pete has put forward evidence-based solutions to fight stigma and end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. As hate crimes and violence against trans women of color increase nationwide, he’s committed to rebuilding the bridge of trust between law enforcement and our community with bias trainings for officers and strict enforcement of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.”

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has an agenda GSE agrees with. “Mayor Pete has put youth front-and-center in his agenda, including banning ‘conversion’ therapy nationwide, passing the LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Act, funding youth homelessness, and reinstating protections for transgender youth in schools that were callously rescinded by the Trump-Pence administration,” said Fuscarino.

“Make no mistake, Mayor Pete’s campaign is absolutely historic. He has thrown the doors of the closet wide open,” Fuscarino continued. “Many in our community never would have imagined seeing an openly LGBTQ candidate come this close to the White House in our lifetimes, and because of his courage and bravery, the next generation of youth will know they are safe, free, and welcomed in this world.

The press release today completed the GSE Action Fund decision by stating, “Because of the current administration, America’s LGBTQ community is fighting back against a never-ending onslaught of discriminatory and divisive policies. We’re excited to see the strongest slate of pro-LGBTQ candidates of our lifetime running for President in 2020, but reclaiming the White House in November requires a leader who can reach voters in every corner of America with a message that inspires a broad coalition to protect and secure equality for all. We firmly believe that person is Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

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