The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, an LGBT organization devoted to gun violence prevention, has endorsed two-term Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty, according to a news release on Tuesday.
If Democrats want to make a serious dent in Republicans' House majority, they'll need to break through in diversifying, suburban districts where Donald Trump is about as popular as snarled traffic.
Stephanie Murphy, who is challenging Rep. John Mica in suburban Orlando, was the first candidate endorsed by the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, a group created by LGBT activists after the nearby Pulse nightclub shooting.
Across many decades and hundreds of campaigns at every level of government, L.G.B.T. rights have been a point of bitter debate, often benefiting Republican politicians in conservative areas where voters pushed back at social change. In recent years, though, Democrats have increasingly sought to turn their advocacy for L.G.B.T. people into an advantage.