More than 50 prominent LGBTQ women and nonbinary people have signed an open letter supporting Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign.
“We are LGBTQ+ women, trans and non-binary leaders from across America,” begins the letter, shared exclusively with The Advocate. “We are legislators, activists, and organizers who have been leading the fight for LGBTQ+ and Women’s rights nationally and in our communities. This presidential election presents a historic choice and an opportunity to put a strong progressive woman in the White House who will deliver on big, structural change for our country. That woman is Elizabeth Warren.”
The U.S. senator from Massachusetts, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, “has a track record of fighting for and creating real change to protect American families,” the letter continues. She is the right candidate at a time when Donald Trump has launched hateful attacks on LGBTQ people, a conservative Supreme Court majority is positioned to strip away LGBTQ and women’s rights, and transgender people of color are facing an epidemic of violence, the signatories say.
The signatories include celebrities, elected officials, and grassroots activists: singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, actress and writer Gaby Dunn, Transparent creator and showrunner Jill Soloway, soccer champion Megan Rapinoe, Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, former National Gay and Lesbian Task Force leaders Urvashi Vaid and Torie Osborn, author Brynn Tannehill, Iowa marriage equality plaintiffs Jen and Dawn BarbouRoske, Los Angeles trans activist Bamby Salcedo, and many more.
They point to Warren’s plan for LGBTQ rights, which they call “one of most comprehensive and progressive sets of proposals for the queer community from a presidential nominee ever,” as well as her support for universal child care, reproductive rights, and equal pay.
“As openly LGBTQ+ legislators, activists and leaders from across the country, we’re proud to be endorsing a candidate for president who will make sure government works for all the people of this country,” they conclude. “We are proud to support Elizabeth Warren for President.”
The full list of signatories:
City Council Member Vernetta Alston, Durham, North Carolina
Jen and Dawn BarbouRoske, Civil Rights pioneers and plaintiffs in the Iowa Supreme Court case that legalized equal marriage in Iowa
City Councilor-Elect Palana Belken, Rochester, N.H.
Iowa State Representative Liz Bennett
Sybrina Bernabei, Nevada Activist
Eliza Byard, Education Advocate
Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy
Layshia Clarendon, First Vice President of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and Point Guard for the Connecticut Sun
Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford
Kade Crockford, Massachusetts Civil Rights Advocate
Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis of the City of Redlands, Calif.
Moira Donegan, Writer
Gaby Dunn, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Writer
Melissa Etheridge, Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Activist
Tiffani Faison, James Beard-Nominated Chef and Owner, Big Heart Hospitality
Ermiya Fanaeian, Utah Gun Control and Youth Activist
Sarah Sophie Flicker, Activist and Creative Director at FireBrand & The Citizen Band Cecilia Gentili, Trans Activist and Consultant
Alexis Goldstein, Writer and Activist
Zahara Green, Transgender Rights and Criminal Justice Activist
Chicago Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Massachusetts State Representative Natalie Higgins
Nebraska State Senator Megan Hunt
City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland, Calif.
Rhode Island State Representative Rebecca Kislak
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, first openly LGBTQ+ person elected to the California legislature
Rachel Lavine, Cofounder and Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee’s Progressive Caucus
Jeffrey Marsh, Nonbinary Rights Activist and Author
Mariah Moore, Transgender Rights Activists
Robyn Ochs, Activist and Editor of Bi Women Quarterly
Torie Osborn, Former CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center & the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Town Councilor Laurie Osher, Orono, Maine
Kim Painter, Johnson County Recorder and first LGBTQ+ person elected in Iowa
Andrea L. Pino-Silva, Cofounder of End Rape on Campus
Leanne Pittsford, Founder of Lesbians Who Tech
Cindy Pollard and Gayla Snook, Newton, Iowa, Community Activists
Ashlee Marie Preston, Activist and Media Personality
Megan Rapinoe, Olympian and Activist
Cathy Renna, Owner, TargetCue and Longtime LGBTQ activist
Melissa Rodriguez, Dayton, Ohio Activist
Bamby Salcedo, Los Angeles Trans Community Activist
Melissa Sklarz, New York Progressive Activist
Nelini Stamp, National Organizing Director at the Working Families Party
Andrea Hildebran Smith, Central Florida Community Activist
Jill Soloway, Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Showrunner
Feroza Syed, Georgia LGBTQ+ Activist
Brynn Tannehill, Author and Founding Board Member of SPARTA
Laura Thomas, Director of Harm Reduction Policy, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Urvashi Vaid, Author and Attorney, CEO of The Vaid Group, Cofounder LPAC, Former Executive Director National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
City Councilor Jossie Valentin, Holyoke, Mass.
New Hampshire State Representative Joyce Weston
Hope Wood, Principal, Hope Action Change Consulting
Texas State Representative Erin Zweiner