PRESS RELEASE: Equality PAC Endorses Rufus Gifford for Congress
Campaign earns support from LGBT members of Congress
June 28, 2018
LOWELL—Rufus Gifford, Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 3rd District, today welcomed an endorsement from Equality PAC, the political action committee founded by leaders of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.
“Equality PAC is proud to endorse Rufus Gifford’s campaign,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). “Rufus has been involved in the highest levels of the progressive movement for decades, fighting for change across America and across the world. As we continue to weather attacks on equality from President Trump, we need Rufus’ depth of experience and bold and optimistic voice in Congress. We are proud to endorse his campaign.”
“To have the LGBT members of Congress come together and declare they want me to be part of their ranks—it means the world,” said Gifford. “I have such great respect and admiration for the work they are doing in Congress, and I’m incredibly grateful to have earned their support.”
The purpose of Equality PAC is to work to bring nearer the full legal and societal equality of LGBT persons and creating a legislative environment that is conducive to that goal. The Board of Directors is chaired by Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Mark Takano (D-CA), who are both Co-Chairs of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus; and board members include Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI), who are also Caucus Co-Chairs.
Gifford previously earned an endorsement from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people who can further equality at all levels of government.
Gifford has spent much of his career fighting for LGBT rights. He was one of the first openly gay U.S. Ambassadors in history when he was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark in 2013. He has worked for pro-LGBT Democratic politicians and organizations around the country and has been an advocate for LGBT causes, including marriage equality. He also was once dubbed President Obama’s informal Ambassador to the gay community and was a key player in securing support from the LGBT community for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns.