Pride Fund Congratulates Danica Roem On Historic House of Delegates Victory

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Danica Roem Wins Election, Making History As The First Out Trans State Legislator Ever Elected

November 07, 2017 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – is extremely proud to congratulate its endorsed candidate, Danica Roem, on her incredible victory over Republican, NRA-endorsed incumbent Bob Marshall. Tonight, Danica made history as the first out transgender candidate for state legislature ever elected.

Pride Fund Congratulates Phil Murphy on Victory in New Jersey Gubernatorial Election

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Phil Murphy Wins Critical Governor's Race

Washington, D.C. November 7, 2017 --Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention — congratulates its endorsed candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, on his victory tonight over Kim Guadango. Murphy ran as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and campaigned on a gun violence prevention platform, which stands in stark contrast to his opponent’s, which embraced the gun lobby’s agenda.

Pride Fund Congratulates Chris Hurst On Victory

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Christ Hurst Defeats Gun Lobby Candidate, Joseph Yost

Washington, D.C. November 7, 2017 --Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention — is extremely proud to congratulate its endorsed candidate, Chris Hurst, on his incredible victory over Republican and NRA-endorsed incumbent Joseph Yost in Virginia’s 12th House District. Hurst’s victory is proof that pro-LGBTQ and pro-gun reform candidates can win, even in rural Southwest Virginia.

“We are holding NRA-backed candidates like Joseph Yost accountable across the country and making sure they are defeated at the ballot box when they stand in the way of commonsense gun reform. We are tired of listening to the same flawed talking points from NRA-endorsed candidates, and watching as these candidates allow 33,000 Americans to die every year from gun violence,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence.

Pride Fund Applauds Dr. Ralph Northam in Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Dr. Ralph Northam Defeats Gun Lobby Candidate, Ed Gillespie

Washington, D.C. November 7, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – is extremely proud to congratulate its endorsed candidate, Dr. Ralph Northam, on his incredible victory over Ed Gillespie for Governor of Virginia.

“Dr. Northam’s victory tonight proves yet again that gun violence prevention and LGBTQ equality are winning campaign issues. Voters around the country are making it clear that they support candidates who speak out boldly and unapologetically against the dangerous agenda of the NRA,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund.   

Pride Fund Applauds Justin Fairfax’s Victory in Virginia Lt. Governor Race

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Justin Fairfax Defeats Gun Lobby and Anti-LGBTQ Republican, Jill Vogel

November 7, 2017 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – is extremely proud to congratulate its endorsed candidate, Justin Fairfax, on his incredible victory over Jill Vogel in Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor race.

“Justin Fairfax was the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor that ensured both the safety and equality of all Virginians,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. “Justin earned our endorsement because he supports universal background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. His opponent, Jill Vogel, dedicated herself to lining the pockets of gun manufacturers through her support of the gun lobby.”

Pride Fund Applauds Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring for his Re-election

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Attorney General Mark Herring Defeats Gun Lobby Candidate, John Adams

Washington, D.C. November 7, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – is proud to stand with Mark Herring in his victory over John Adams in the Virginia Attorney General election. This victory proves to the Republican party and NRA-backed candidates that voters are rejecting the dangerous rhetoric of the gun lobby, and with enough grassroots activist efforts, pro-LGBTQ, pro-gun safety candidates can win elections.

“Mark Herring has consistently fought back against the gun lobby, pursuing policies that would cut down on gun violence; and he has been a strong, vocal leader on LGBTQ equality,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. “John Adams’s “AQ” rating from the NRA would have brought our country many steps back in our fight for a safer America. This win proves that candidates win when they run on a gun violence prevention platform that speaks to the basic safety and rights of the American people.”

Pride Fund Official Statement on Karrie Delaney’s Victory in HD-67 of Virginia House of Delegates

Pride Fund Endorsed Candidate Karrie Delaney Defeats NRA-Backed, Anti-LGBTQ Republican Jim LeMunyon

Washington, D.C. November 7, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention –  is honored to celebrate Karrie Delaney’s victory over Jim LeMunyon in District 67 of the Virginia House of Delegates.

“It was obvious that Karrie Delaney was the correct choice this election for a safer Virginia. While Jim LeMunyon served in the Virginia House of Delegates, he voted time and time again for dangerous gun lobby bills that would endanger Virginia families and children,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund. “Pride Fund is excited to stand with Karrie tonight. We look forward to working with Karrie in Richmond to make Virginia communities safer and more inclusive for everyone in the Commonwealth.”

Pride Fund Supports Rep. Esty’s “Keep Americans Safe Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 12, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence  – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its support of Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty’s newly introduced bill, “Keep Americans Safe Act.” Rep. Esty introduces this bill to ban large capacity magazines in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

Pride Fund Endorses David Richardson in FL-27

Washington, DC October 10 , 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its endorsement of David Richardson in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Pride Fund endorsed David for his commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and support of commonsense gun safety refor

Pride Fund Files Amicus Brief Supporting Large Capacity Magazine Ban

Washington, D.C. October 20, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only
national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – today
announced its filing of an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
to support the state’s position that California's large capacity magazine ban be enforced. Pride
Fund Joins California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier
Becerra, and 63 percent of California voters in support of this proposition.

Pride Fund Supports Sen. Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 25, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence  – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its support of Senator Chris Murphy’s newly introduced bill, the Background Check Expansion Act. Senator Murphy introduces this bill to require background checks on all gun sales and transfers, with certain reasonable exceptions.

Today, Pride Fund staff and volunteers will join Senator Murphy, and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Dick Durbin at 2 p.m. EST at the Senate Swamp to introduce the legislation.

STATEMENT FROM JASON LINDSAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRIDE FUND TO END GUN VIOLENCE:

October 2, 2017 Another day, another deadly shooting in America. Our hearts go out to the people of Las Vegas, who are suffering today from an unimagined horror. Last night’s massacre is another reminder that no one is safe when access to guns is so easy. We’re heartbroken and horrified for those involved as well as the community as a whole.

While the investigation continues and details continue to emerge, we must face the reality that one more American town is just the latest in a growing list of cities ravaged by senseless gun violence. To Columbine, Charleston, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Orlando we can now add Las Vegas, which has become the deadliest shooting in American history.

Pride Fund Releases Digital Ad Backing Chris Hurst

Washington, DC, September 18, 2017Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today released its latest digital campaign ad, “Fighter”, highlighting Virginia Democratic delegate candidate Chris Hurst. Pride Fund is the first group to release a digital ad supporting a delegate race in the 2017 Virginia elections. This ad immediately follows the Hurst campaign’s television ad released last Friday.

Pride Fund Endorses Mark Levine and Jennifer Boysko in Virginia HD-45 and HD-86

LGBTQ PAC focused on gun reform makes endorsements in Virginia’s House of Delegates Race
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 24, 2017
-- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its endorsement of Mark Levine in HD-45 and Jennifer Boysko in HD-86. Pride Fund endorsed these candidates for re-election based on their commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and their support of common sense gun safety reform.

PRIDE FUND TO END GUN VIOLENCE TO COMMONWEALTH VOTERS: VIRGINIA, DO YOUR OWN BACKGROUND CHECK—GILLESPIE, VOGEL & ADAMS PUT YOUR SAFETY AT RIS

Richmond, VA August 10, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention, joined the chorus of gun reform activists today in asking what the Republican ticket promised gun rights extremists for their support in 2017. Pride Fund executive director Jason Lindsay issued the following statement:

 

“The NRA’s endorsement of Gillespie, Adams, and Vogel for Virginia’s top elected offices makes it clear that the gun lobby has a profound interest in influencing politics to advance their dangerous agenda and increase their profits. It’s not a secret that more than 90% of Virginians support background checks for gun purchases. What is a secret is what did Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel and John Adams promise gun rights extremists in exchange for their support in this year’s election? Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is asking Commonwealth voters to do their own background checks on Gillespie, Vogel and Adams to uncover the mystery.

Pride Fund Announces Billy Manes Memorial Fellowship

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 7, 2017 - Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention — announced today a new educational program to honor Pride Fund Board of Advisors member Billy Manes, who recently passed away. The Billy Manes Memorial Fellowship is an educational fellowship that honors Billy’s lifelong commitment to political advocacy while also commemorating his mentorship and involvement in the founding of Pride Fund.

 

“Billy was an integral member of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and was one of the LGBTQ community’s most outspoken advocates. He touched so many lives as a selfless friend, community supporter and a willing mentor,” said Jason Lindsay, founder of Pride Fund. “This educational fellowship will highlight rising stars in advocacy and give them a platform to protect the marginalized and to speak out for what is right.  It will prepare emerging leaders for important positions in political advocacy by instilling in them the values that Billy embodied: determination, passion, and courage.”

Pride Fund Endorses Jennifer Foy, Wendy Gooditis, Mark Sickles, Marcus Simon, and Mike Mullin, HD-2, HD-10, HD-43, HD-53 and HD-93

LGBTQ PAC focused on gun reform makes endorsements in Virginia’s House of Delegates Race


WASHINGTON, D.C. August 03, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its endorsement of Jennifer Foy HD-2, Wendy Gooditis HD-10, Mark Sickles HD-43, Marcus Simon HD-53, and Mike Mullin HD-93 for Virginia’s House of Delegates. Pride Fund endorsed these candidates based on their commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and their support of common sense gun safety reform.

Pride Fund Responds to NRA Endorsements in Virginia’s Statewide Races

Pride Fund Responds to NRA Endorsements in Virginia’s Statewide Races

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 03, 2017 -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – today released the following statement regarding the NRA’s endorsement of Ed Gillespie for Virginia governor, John Adams for Virginia lieutenant governor, and Jill Vogel for Virginia attorney general.

 

“The NRA’s endorsement of Gillespie, Adams, and Vogel for Virginia’s top elected offices makes it clear that the gun lobby has a profound interest in influencing politics to advance their dangerous agenda and increase their profits,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. “With the support of the NRA, Gillespie, Adams, and Vogel will sabotage Virginia’s strong gun laws at the expense of all Virginians. Pride Fund previously endorsed Dr. Ralph Northam for governor, Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring for attorney general because they will act on policies that the majority of Virginians support, such as universal background checks

Joint Statement from Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and Victory Fund on Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Washington, D.C, July 26, 2017 – Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only
national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, joined by the
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund – today released the following joint statement in response to
Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday morning, which bans transgender people from
serving in the U.S. military:

Pride Fund Releases Digital Ad Attacking Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Gillespie

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today announced the release of its digital campaign ad, Science Lesson, highlighting Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s false statements made during the PBS governor’s debate on Saturday morning, July 22, 2017.

“Ed Gillespie has proven yet again that he is incapable of providing a clear, informed opinion on the effects of gun violence in the Commonwealth. When gun safety was discussed in the debate, Ed refused to answer the question directly; instead, he cited a biased, unsubstantiated study to support his opinion.