WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY —November 18, 2019 — The Hudson Valley Stonewall Democrats, a grassroots LGBTQ advocacy group based in the Hudson Valley, has endorsed Congressman Eliot Engel for re-election to Congress in New York’s 16th Congressional District, which covers parts of Westchester and Bronx counties. In their endorsement the organization cited Congressman Engel’s long record of pro-LGBTQ+ support in Congress, from his vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990’s to his co-sponsorship of the Equality Act, which passed the House earlier this year.
“Congressman Engel has been a champion of LGBTQ rights his entire career. Our organization is extremely proud to endorse him in 2020,” said Anthony Nicodemo, President of Hudson Valley Stonewall Democrats. “In a time when our rights seem to be threatened on a daily basis we know that Congressman Engel is on the front-line in Washington fighting for our community.”
“I am thrilled to have the support of the Hudson Valley Stonewall Dems, one of the premiere LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations in my district,” Engel said. “Local, grassroots groups like the Hudson Valley Stonewall Dems are driving change all across our country. Their support speaks to my longtime commitment to fighting for true equality for every American, regardless of their sexual or gender identity. True equality means equal protection under the law and I will continue to work with the Hudson Valley Stonewall Dems to advance critical federal legislation like the Equality Act in Congress.”
BACKGROUND: The Hudson Valley Stonewall Dems are a group of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Democrats and allies located in the Hudson Valley in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties in New York State that advocate for legislation that guarantees equality and fairness for the LGBTQ community, and represent the political ideals, concerns, and priorities of the LGBTQ community. They are a group of supporters of qualified Democratic candidates for local, state, and national office that strive to support and lobby for civil rights, social justice, legislative agenda, healthcare, education, and for funding for institutions and organizations that affect communities in the Hudson Valley.
Congressman Engel has a 100% record from the Human Rights Campaign for his voting record, including his support for the Equality Act, his resolution marking GLSEN’s National Day of Silence, his co-sponsorship of the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, and his co-sponsorship of the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act.
SOURCE: Arnold Lindhardt | Engel for Congress (NY-16) Campaign Committee