Pride Fund Announces Diverse Slate of House and Senate Endorsements

House and Senate endorsees have strong pro-equality records and support common sense gun reforms

WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 24 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, America’s only LGBTQ organization focused solely on gun violence prevention, announces its endorsement of  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate and 16 House candidates.

“We support these candidates because of their demonstrated commitment to support equality and safety for all, and for their commitment to acting on common sense gun reforms,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. “We need elected officials who will stand up for people – not for the profits of the corporate gun manufacturers.”

With this election, we have an opportunity to reclaim our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who have committed to making our cities, our states, and our country safer for everyone.

In the House, Pride Fund endorses Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Terri Bonoff (MN-03), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Bill Foster (IL-11), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Sander Levin (MI-09), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Carol Shea Porter (NH-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Brady Walkinshaw (WA-07).

Pride Fund’s endorsed candidates have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ equality during their service in office, in their communities, or in their personal lives. All Pride Fund endorsed candidates have pledged to support the following key issues:

  • Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales
  • Prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns
  • Restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Supporting federally funded research on gun violence
  • Preventing individuals convicted of committing hate crimes from purchasing guns

About the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates who support sensible gun reforms. Pride Fund is America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun policy reform to ensure safety for all.

To learn more, visit www.pridefund.org. Like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pridefund and follow on Twitter: @Pride_Fund

PO Box 32377
Washington, DC 20007

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Pride Fund Endorses Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 17, 2016 – Today, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, the nation’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on the prevention of gun violence, announced its endorsement of Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate.

“Katie McGinty will work tirelessly to champion gun reforms in the U.S. Senate – something her opponent, Senator Pat Toomey, has not done. As the daughter of a Philadelphia police officer, she understands the impact gun violence has on a community. She is committed to working for the people, not the gun lobby, in order to make our country safer for all,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund, who is also an Iraq war veteran.

In contrast to McGinty, Senator Toomey has not made gun reform a legislative priority. In fact, he voted against both Senator Chris Murphy’s universal background check legislation and Senator Diane Feinstein’s terror watch list prohibition proposal – two common sense gun reform measures that would have taken important steps in reclaiming our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pennsylvanians – and Americans – need a champion in the Senate who will side with them, and not the corporate gun lobby. Secretary McGinty is the champion we need.

“Pride Fund is a powerful and leading new voice in the fight to end gun violence, and I’m so grateful to have their support,” said McGinty. “In the Senate, I’ll work side-by-side with Pride Fund to pass reforms – like expanding background checks and closing gaping loopholes in our current laws that let terrorists buy guns – to stop the scourge of senseless gun deaths. Inaction on gun violence is no longer an option. I’m proud to stand with Pride Fund in taking the actions we need to keep our communities safe.”

Pride Fund is proud to join other gun reform organizations such as Newton Action Alliance, States United to Prevent Gun Violence Action Fund, and CeaseFirePA in endorsing McGinty. Her race is one of a handful races that can tip the balance away from the gun lobby and back to the people who are overwhelmingly calling for the passage of gun reforms.

“Katie McGinty will be steadfast in her support for gun reforms and for the LGBTQ community. She will not waiver, unlike her opponent,” said Lindsay. “She supports universal background checks and banning civilian sales of military style weapons and high capacity magazines – like the weapon used to murder 49 people and injure 53 others at Pulse in Orlando. In this election, lives are at stake and we must take action on gun reform. Toomey's  votes following the Orlando massacre have shown that he has failed in his duties to make America safer and doesn't deserve to keep his job. Katie is the clear choice.”

In addition, McGinty, unlike her opponent, supports preventing people on federal Terror Watch Lists from purchasing guns and prohibiting those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms. With this election we have an opportunity to finally start reducing the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in our communities every year.

Pride Fund also made another important endorsement on October 6, 2016. Pride Fund endorsed Steve Santarsiero in the PA-08th congressional race. As a state representative, Santarsiero authored the bill to close the gun show loophole in Pennsylvania, introduced a version of “No Fly, No Buy” legislation for the state, and fought “Stand Your Ground” legislation. Santarsiero is committed to bringing this kind of common sense thinking to the gun reform fight in Congress.

"As a State Representative, I've been a proud supporter of both common sense gun safety measures and equality for all Americans. I'm grateful for the advocacy of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and am honored to have their support in my race for Congress," said Santarsiero.

About the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence (Pride Fund) is a Political Action Committee (PAC), organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBT candidates at the national level who support sensible gun reforms.

To learn more, visit www.pridefund.org. Like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pridefund and follow on Twitter: @Pride_Fund

PO Box 32377
Washington, DC 20007

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Pride Fund Endorses Deborah Ross for Senate, LuAnn Bennett, Bryan Caforio, DuWayne Gregory, Steve Santarsiero, and Anna Throne-Holst for House


LGBTQ PAC focused on gun reform makes its first endorsements in battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 6, 2016 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today announced six new endorsements in U.S. Senate and House races up and down the East Coast including in key battleground states: Deborah Ross in the North Carolina Senate race, LuAnn Bennett in Virginia’s 10th congressional district, Bryan Caforio in California’s 25th, DuWayne Gregory in New York’s 2nd, Steve Santarsiero in Pennsylvania’s 8th, and Anna Throne-Holst in New York’s 1st.

“Pride Fund has thoroughly reviewed the platforms and records of these candidates to assess their commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community and improving the safety of all Americans,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. “Candidates Ross, Bennett, Caforio, Gregory, Santarsiero and Throne-Holst represent the kind of leaders we need---who won’t prioritize the special interests of the gun lobby over the lives of Americans.”

With this election, we have an opportunity to start reducing the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in our communities every year. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who will work to make America safer for everyone.

Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate - NC
Deborah Ross believes in the Second Amendment. She also wants to keep guns away from dangerous people like violent criminals, domestic abusers, and terrorists. That is why she supports closing the loophole that allows suspected terrorists to buy guns and expanding our background check system to prevent dangerous people—including domestic abusers and criminals—from buying guns online or at a gun show. “I believe we can protect the Second Amendment while also putting common sense gun safety laws in place that help keep guns away from the people we all agree should not have them,” said Ross.  

LuAnn Bennett VA-10
LuAnn Bennett knows that keeping the American people safe is Congress' most important job. In the wake of high profile domestic terrorist incidents like Orlando and San Bernardino, Bennett supports taking action to close the loophole that allows suspected terrorists to purchase dangerous firearms. "As a mother and a grandmother, it breaks my heart every time I hear that another family has to experience the pain and the loss caused by gun violence. We need a Congress willing to act on common sense gun safety laws," Bennett said. "I want to thank the Pride Fund for their support of my candidacy, and for their outspoken advocacy for gun safety measures and the LGBTQ community. In Congress, with allies like the Pride Fund behind me, I know we can move common sense gun safety reforms forward."

Anna Throne-Holst NY-01
"Pride Fund understands the urgency of common sense gun reform and shares my conviction that Washington must do more and can do more to end gun violence in America," said Anna Throne-Holst. "I would like to thank the Pride Fund for helping to bring us all together in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse night club, for their continued support of the LGBTQ community and for their determination to further the debate on gun safety. Suffolk County needs a forward-thinking representative who will stand hand in hand with with the Pride Fund to keep our communities safe. I will be this voice in Congress."

Steve Santarsiero PA-08th
As a state representative, Santarsiero authored the bill to close the gun show loophole in Pennsylvania, introduced a version of “No Fly, No Buy” legislation for the state, and fought “Stand Your Ground” legislation. Santarsiero is committed to bringing this kind of common sense thinking to the gun reform fight in Congress.

"As a State Representative, I've been a proud supporter of both common sense gun safety measures and equality for all Americans. I'm grateful for the advocacy of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and am honored to have their support in my race for Congress," said Santarsiero.

Bryan Caforio CA-25
“Keeping Americans safe at home – in their neighborhoods, sports arenas and schools – must be our top priority in the face of tragedies like what we saw in Orlando. We must take immediate action and close the dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists to legally buy firearms. If you’re too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you should not be able to buy a dangerous weapon,” said Caforio.

DuWayne Gregory NY-02
DuWayne Gregory has devoted his life to serving our country and the people of Long
Island. From his service as an officer in the United States Army to his proven record of protecting our tax dollars, balancing budgets and putting politics aside to deliver results for Long Island families, seniors and businesses in the state legislature, DuWayne is the type of leader we need in Washington.

About the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence (Pride Fund) is a Political Action Committee (PAC), organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBT candidates at the national level who support sensible gun reforms.

To learn more, visit www.pridefund.org. Like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pridefund and follow on Twitter: @Pride_Fund

PO Box 32377
Washington, DC 20007

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Pride Fund Makes Record Number of Endorsements in CA, MA, NH, NJ, WI

WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today announced five new endorsements in Senate and House races across the country: Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire's Senate race, Josh Gottheimer in New Jersey’s 5th congressional district, Congressman Seth Moulton in Massachusetts’s 6th, Khary Penebaker in Wisconsin’s 5th and Congressman Scott Peters in California’s 52nd.