2020 is shaping up to be the mother of all election years, and not just because there is a political awakening happening all across the nation. The sheer number of LGBTQ candidates running for office at all levels of government is unprecedented in American history.
With literally hundreds of queer candidates on ballots and even more working behind the scenes, it would be impossible to include them all in our Pride 50 roundup. So we've done our best to select a mix of people to highlight, knowing full well that there are many, many others who are just as deserving and worthy of honor this pride season.
Regardless of what happens in November, these politicos are taking up the challenge to run for office, raise funds, and to organize and strategize behind the scenes, all helping to pave the way for the future of equality.
8. Alphonso David
Alphonso David was named president of the Human Rights Campaign in August 2019, making him the first civil rights lawyer and first person of color ever to head the organization in its nearly 40-year history.
Prior to that, David was at the forefront of the movement for over a decade. He started as a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund before being named first-ever Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
While announcing his new role within the HRC last year, David said:
If we want to win full equality, that’s going to require us to come together, to dig deep, to be resilient, to embrace our differences, to tenaciously defend the most vulnerable among us, to fight with every ounce of determination we have. I promise you this, I will fight for each and every one of us.