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Reyes Earns Equality PAC and
LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorsements and Announces LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee
Reyes would be New Mexico’s first LGBTQ member of Congress
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Victor Reyes, Democratic candidate for Congress, today announced the endorsements of Equality PAC and the LGBTQ Victory Fund. The campaign also announced the first co-chairs of his campaign’s LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee. These local leaders will help organize support in their communities for Reyes all across the district.
“As I’ve said over and over -- this is a people-powered campaign and I’m going to work hard to earn the support of every voter and community leader,” said Reyes. “I am so honored to be endorsed by Equality PAC and the LGBTQ Victory Fund and to have the support of local LGBTQ+ leaders across New Mexico’s First Congressional District. Their support will help us build on our grassroots movement, earn the Democratic nomination, and continue the progressive leadership this district deserves in Congress.”
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, supporting and electing openly LGBTQ+ individuals and strong LGBTQ+ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality ACT and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.
“Victor Reyes will be the first LGBTQ+ person of color to represent New Mexico in Congress, growing the diversity of our caucus and increasing Latino representation in the House,” said Equality PAC Co-Chair Chairman Mark Takano. “Equality PAC is proud to stand with Victor in this important campaign, which will be one of the first races since the inauguration of President Biden where Democrats will be fighting to defend our majority. In Congress, Victor will be a fierce advocate in helping pass the Equality Act while working to end discrimination for every American - no matter their gender, color of their skin, or who they love.”
“Victor is running a strong, grassroots campaign and represents the next generation of progressive leadership in New Mexico,” said Equality PAC Co-Chair Congressman David Cicilline. “Victor brings with him a diverse set of experiences and a strong voice that is desperately needed in the House and in our caucus. We know representation matters and we look forward to working with Victor to help him achieve victory.”
The LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.
“Victor Reyes is a voice we have never before seen in Washington,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Victor will become the first LGBTQ Mexican-American elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ person elected from New Mexico. He will grow our LGBTQ+ representation in the House to ten members, building our power in the halls of Congress. Victor will bring his unique and underrepresented perspective to Congress to prioritize and pass legislation to protect and advance the LGBTQ+ community.”
Joining Reyes’ campaign as Co-Chairs of Reyes’ LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee are:
Bunnie Benton Cruse, Latinx Trans Activist and Community Leader
Joe Noriega, Community Organizer and Activist
Sydney Tellez, Community Advocate
Christopher Salas, Educator and Community Advocate
“I’m endorsing Victor Reyes for Congress because more LGBTQIA folx need to be at the table,” said LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee Co-Chair Bunnie Benton Cruse. “And Victor is the best person for the job.”
“I am proud to support Victor Reyes for Congress. Victor is an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community,” said LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee Co-Chair Joe Noriega. “His work advocating for the passage of crucial legislation such as free public college and lowering prescription drug prices has shown his unwavering commitment to New Mexico and making our state a more open and equitable place to live. He will be a strong advocate for young queer people and will work hard to highlight, prioritize, and pass legislation that protects and advances the LGBTQ+ community.”
“As a queer woman of color, I'm proud to support Victor’s progressive campaign,” said LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee Co-Chair Sydney Tellez. “He’s been an advocate for reproductive freedom and justice and understands the intersection of a spectrum of issues that matter to LGBTQ+ New Mexicans.”
“Victor will be a voice we have never seen before in Washington,” said LGBTQ+ Organizing Committee Co-Chair Christopher Salas. “I’m standing with him because I know he will stand up for us every day.”
Wednesday, January 27, 2021