TV creator Ryan Murphy announced on Sunday (2 December) his plans to create an organization aimed at voting anti-LGBTI politicians out of office.
Murphy and the cast of his FX TV series Pose accepted the Hero Award at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLive gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
‘In 2020, I’m going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office,’ he said during his speech.
‘Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes hurting and discriminating against us — well, we can get votes too.’
The initiative, named Pose Gives Back, will focus on funding and supporting politicians running against discriminatory candidates.
His speech, below, continued: ‘You can’t keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded anti-constitutional viewpoints.’
‘Disgraced and eliminated’
Murphy further said it was this year’s midterm elections which gave him hope.
‘One after one, anti LGBTQ candidates who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy fell, disgraced and eliminated by Democratic candidates — who were largely boosted by victory by young and female voters, by the way.
‘The number was astounding to me — over 20 anti LGBTQ right wing politicians and their horrifying views gone.’
In last month’s elections — which encompassed various state positions, including Congress, governorships, and more — over 100 LGBTI people won offices. Numerous anti-LGBTI candidates, as Murphy stated, lost their races, such as Utah’s Mia Love.
He named several Republican politicians the initiative will target, including Maine’s Susan Collins and South Carolina’s Lindsay Graham.
During the evening, Murphy also announced a $50,000 donation to the Trevor Project.