- support for LGBTQI civil rights, especially transgender rights;
- opposition to conversion therapy;
- support for LGBTQI aging issues;
- a commitment to combat youth homelessness;
- support for efforts to end the AIDS epidemic;
- support for funding of organizations that serve the needs of our community; and
- support for securing LGBTQI families.
We also evaluated candidates based on their positions on other social justice issues such as immigrant rights, women’s rights, and sensible gun control laws, and whether a candidate had been endorsed by other LGBTQI groups. While candidates did not have to meet all criteria, their records needed to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to our community, and all candidates were required at minimum to demonstrate support for transgender rights in order to be eligible for endorsement.
This year’s process for selecting candidates, admittedly, was not perfect. Given the time constraints, we were unable to use candidate questionnaires or do outreach to all candidates running for office in New York State. Nor could we possibly solicit input from every single LGBTQI leader in New York whose perspectives we value.
In certain races, the PAC decided to remain neutral either because consensus could not be reached or not enough information could be found to make a determination.
A goal for the next election cycle is to engage more members of the community, work with them to clarify the community’s priorities, and design a candidate questionnaire that can serve as the basis for evaluating candidates for endorsement. This is a work in progress, and we welcome community feedback in this and future elections.
In the box to the right you will find the candidates in NYS who most deserve the votes and financial resources of New York’s LGBTQI community.
Find out which ones are on your ballot by clicking HERE. To be notified please enter your information here: