Raytheon may celebrate Pride, but does that mean I should take money from them? No.
Real Pride is about justice, not corporate rainbow-washing. I’m proud not to take any corporate PAC money or lobbyist money, so I can fight for REAL LGBTQIA+ rights, not superficial, feel-good, do-nothing, corporate “fixes.”
I grew up in the closet during a time when the majority of the American public did not support gay rights. Because of the bravery of my LGBTQIA+ sisters and brothers who came before me, public opinion has been shifted, gay marriage is legal, and deaths from AIDS have dramatically decreased.
But in the age of Trump, our rights are under attack. Organizations like ALEC want to take away our right to marry, and the extremist Right demonizes and persecutes non-binary and trans people. We need more LGBTQIA+ people representing us, because the stakes have never been higher.
In Congress, I will fight for: