GUN REFORM PROVES TO BE DECIDING ISSUE IN MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Gun violence prevention was an important issue to voters, and candidates who made gun reform a central issue of their campaigns fared well on Election Night.

November 6, 2018 -- Washington, D.C. --  Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC –  America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention - is extremely pleased at the importance voters placed on gun reform in deciding how they voted and for electing a large class of new gun reform champions to Congress. Support for changes to our gun laws is at an all-time high, even among conservatives and gun owners.

FL-26 ELECTION: GUN REFORM AND NRA TIES ARE DECIDING ISSUES IN DEBBIE MUCARSEL-POWELL’S CONGRESSIONAL VICTORY

Common-sense gun reform and incumbent Carlos Curbelo’s allegiance to the NRA and their campaign checks were key factors in his defeat. Voters wanted a leader who would stand up to the gun lobby and put public safety first - electing Debbie Mucarsel-Powell as the new Representative for FL-26 in Congress.

November 6, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – tonight celebrates the victory of Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell against Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th district.

VA-2 ELECTION: GUN REFORM AND NRA TIES ARE DECIDING ISSUES IN ELAINE LURIA’S CONGRESSIONAL VICTORY

Common sense gun reform and incumbent Scott Taylor’s allegiance to the NRA and their campaign checks were key factors in his defeat. Voters wanted a leader who would stand up to the gun lobby and put public safety first - electing Elaine Luria as the new Representative for VA-02 in Congress.

November 6, 2018 -- Washington, D.C. --  Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC –  Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC –  America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention - is excited to congratulate Elaine Luria on her victory over NRA-backed incumbent, Rep. Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd District.

FOLLOWING PITTSBURGH SHOOTING, PRIDE FUND CALLS ON CONGRESSMAN SCOTT TAYLOR (VA-02) TO DISAVOW THE NRA

In the wake of Pittsburgh shooting, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence asks Congressman Scott Taylor whether he will stand up for gun safety or will he accept another campaign contribution from the NRA following this tragedy?

October 29, 2018 -- Virginia Beach, VA -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting massacre, is calling on Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-02) to publicly and permanently disavow the NRA. Our country needs leaders who will stand up to the NRA’s dangerous agenda and will fight for the safety of our communities, not vote in lockstep with their priorities and take campaign checks in return.  

NEW AD: PRIDE FUND REMINDS VOTERS OF THE NRA’S $75K INVESTMENT IN CARLOS CURBELO AND HIGHLIGHTS GUN REFORM CHAMPION DEBBIE MUCARSEL-POWELL IN FL-26

Video highlights how, compared to incumbent Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell will draw from her personal experience with gun violence and will stand up to the gun lobby.

October 25, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today released their most recent campaign ad titled Consistency. The ad reminds voters in Florida’s 26th congressional district how incumbent Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo was elected to Congress with the help of over $75,000 in campaign contributions from the NRA, and in exchange, his votes in Congress have reflected the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES DEBBIE MUCARSEL-POWELL FOR CONGRESS (FL-26)

LGBTQ PAC Established After Pulse Shooting Makes Critical Endorsement of Gun Reform Champion in Toss-up District

October 22, 2018 -- Washington, DC - 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 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26).

Pride Fund is proud to stand and fight with Debbie, who is standing up to the NRA, taking action, and making progress toward a safer America. Meanwhile, her opponent Carlos Curbelo is an NRA-backed Republican who puts the gun lobby over the safety of his constituents. 

NEW AD: PRIDE FUND RELEASES AD SUPPORTING GUN REFORM CHAMPION & DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER ELAINE LURIA IN VA-02

Video highlights how, compared to incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Taylor, Democratic challenger Elaine Luria will draw from her incredibly successful career as a mom, small business owner, and veteran to lead the fight for commonsense gun reform once in Congress.

October 18,  2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today released their most recent campaign ad titled “Leader.” The ad highlights how incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-02) has let both his constituents and his country down by failing to act on the gun violence epidemic while Americans continue to demand change. The ad then shows how Elaine Luria is different: with the experience as a mom, a small business owner, and a highly respected, decorated 20-year Navy veteran, she is listening to the cries for change and is ready to act on this issue in Congress.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES SLATE OF GUN REFORM CHAMPIONS

LGBTQ PAC Established After Pulse Shooting Makes Key Endorsements of Gun Reform Champions

October 16, 2018 -- Washington, DC - 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 candidates Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate (CT), Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL), Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress (AZ-2), and Attorney General Maura Healey (MA).

NEW AD: PRIDE FUND RELEASES AD EXPOSING CONGRESSMAN SCOTT TAYLOR CASHING NRA CHECK 1 DAY AFTER PARKLAND SHOOTING

Video highlights how, only 1 day after the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, Congressman Taylor accepted an NRA campaign contribution, signifying his commitment to doing nothing to solve the American gun violence epidemic.

October 11, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today announced the release of their most recent ad titled “1 Day After” which highlights how Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-02) accepted a campaign contribution from the NRA just 1 day after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and 3 staff members dead. His acceptance of this campaign donation from the gun lobby only 1 day after such a horrific, yet preventable, tragedy symbolizes his promise to continue to do nothing to solve America’s gun violence epidemic. While our nation mourned yet another mass shooting, Congressman Taylor was busy cashing his NRA check.

NEW AD: PRIDE FUND RELEASES CAMPAIGN AD ATTACKING BARBARA COMSTOCK’S ALLEGIANCE TO THE NRA

September 24, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun violence prevention – today announced the release of their most recent digital ad titled “Values,” which highlights how Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) values and prioritizes blood money campaign cash from the NRA over the safety and lives of her constituents. The ad is the most provocative and brutally honest ad targeting Comstock this election cycle. Comstock is one of the top 10 recipients of NRA campaign donations, has an A+ rating from the NRA, and has repeatedly voted against sensible gun reform legislation, instead voting for dangerous legislation that is supported by the gun lobby. It is clear that what Comstock values most are her campaign checks from the NRA. The ad then pivots to gun reform champion, Democrat Jennifer Wexton and explains how she values public safety by supporting commonsense gun laws that will reduce gun violence and save lives.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES ELAINE LURIA IN VA-2, JOSH GOTTHEIMER IN NJ-5, AND LUPE VALDEZ FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR

September 20, 2018 -- Washington, DC - 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 candidate Elaine Luria (VA-2), Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), and Texas gubernatorial challenger, Lupe Valdez.

Pride Fund believes that Americans deserve leaders who will stand up for what is right, not what is profitable - and thus, will stand up to the gun lobby. With the approach of the 2018 midterm elections, the race for important seats in Congress and throughout the country is becoming more crucial than ever. Pride Fund is proud to stand and fight with Elaine Luria in VA-2, Josh Gottheimer in NJ-5, and Lupe Valdez in Texas - three leaders we are confident will stand up to the NRA, take action, and make progress toward a safer America.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES CHRISTINE HALLQUIST FOR GOVERNOR IN VERMONT

August 10, 2018 -- Washington, DC — 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 Christine Hallquist for Governor of Vermont. Pride Fund endorsed Hallquist based on her commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and her support of common sense gun safety reform.

“We support Christine Hallquist for Governor because she demonstrates the commitment to an ideal Vermont that paves the way for gun reform and LGBTQ equality” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES GIL CISNEROS IN CA-39

August 9, 2018 -- Washington, DC — 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 Democrat Gil Cisneros for California’s 39th District. Pride Fund endorsed Cisneros based on his commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and his support of common sense gun safety reform.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES SENATOR BILL NELSON FOR RE-ELECTION TO U.S. SENATE

August 8, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced its endorsement of Democratic Senator Bill Nelson for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Pride Fund endorsed Nelson for his commitment to fighting for LGBTQ equality and his support of commonsense gun safety measures.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES DARREN SOTO IN FL-9, VAL DEMINGS IN FL-10 & CARLOS GUILLERMO SMITH IN STATE HOUSE-49

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2018 — 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 Congressman Darren Soto in FL-9, Congresswoman Val Demings in FL-10, and State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith in FL-49 for re-election. 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 ENDORSES DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON FOR ELECTION IN VA-10

July 19, 2018 -- Washington, DC -- Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced its endorsement of Democrat Jennifer Wexton for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Pride Fund endorsed Wexton for her commitment to fighting for LGBTQ equality and her support of commonsense gun safety measures.

PRIDE FUND ENDORSES GUN REFORM CHAMPION STEPHANIE MURPHY (FL-7) FOR RE-ELECTION

ORLANDO, FL, JULY 12, 2018 – Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – today announced its re-endorsement of Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, a district with many families directly impacted by the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. Pride Fund was critical in this race, helping Murphy defeat 24-year Republican incumbent John Mica, a gun lobby backed candidate who accepted a campaign contribution from the NRA just 48 hours after the Pulse tragedy, in a vile act of disrespect to those impacted by Pulse. Since her election, Murphy has been a leading voice in Congress and has sponsored bills such as the Gun Violence Research Act, which amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act to eliminate the prohibition on the Department of Health and Human Services using federal funds to advocate or promote gun safety. Pride Fund endorsed Murphy for re-election because she stands for the core principles of Pride Fund – advancing commonsense gun reform and LGBTQ equality.

LANDMARK NEW POLL: Gun Reform is the Top Election Issue for LGBTQ Americans Ahead of the 2018 Midterm Elections

First of its kind LGBTQ poll reveals strong support for gun safety laws and little confidence in congress

June 28, 2018 – WASHINGTON D.C. – Gun reform is the most important issue for LGBTQ Americans in this election year, according to a landmark new poll that’s the first comprehensive look at the views of the LGBTQ community on the issues of guns and gun reform. Among its findings, the survey reveals that LGBTQ Americans overwhelmingly support commonsense gun safety laws, such as expanding universal background checks, banning assault weapons, and banning large capacity magazines and that their views will impact their vote this November.

Pride Fund Smacks Rep. Mike Miller For Hosting Fundraiser in Miami While Pulse Families Mourn on 2-Year Anniversary of Shooting

June 12, 2018 -- Orlando, FL -- State Representative Mike Miller, whose district includes the Pulse Nightclub, will hold a fundraiser for his Congressional campaign in Miami on the second anniversary of the Pulse massacre. Republican Mike Miller will seek Florida's 7th Congressional District, challenging Incumbent Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy who Pride Fund helped elect to Congress in 2016.

Media Advisory: Two Year Anniversary of Pulse Shooting, Pride Fund Adds Pulse Survivors to Board of Advisors

WASHINGTON, DC/ ORLANDO, FL, June 11, 2018 -- The two year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando is tomorrow, June 12. The death of 49 people and 53 injured inspired the founding of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. Our issues impact every community in the country, every day. Pride Fund would appreciate the opportunity to brief you on our successes over the past two years, and our plans for the future.