The Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC urges voters to elect Kate Brown as Governor of Oregon in November.

Governor Brown has a long and solid record of championing LGBTQ equality and other progressive issues in Oregon, from her time as a state legislator, Secretary of State, and now as Governor.

“From her first days as a legislator, Kate Brown has demonstrated her deep commitment to fairness and equality” said CM Hall, Board Chair of the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC. “She was a leader in helping us pass the 2007 Oregon Equality Act, providing comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Oregonians and the Oregon Family Fairness Act, which secured domestic partnership recognition. She remains a true champion for LGBTQ equality, which is why the Equality PAC board enthusiastically endorses her.”

In 1993, Brown spearheaded HB 3500, a law closing the book on one of the saddest chapters in Oregon history when anti-gay measures barring discrimination protections had been filed in 40 local cities and counties throughout Oregon.

Governor Brown is the right person to continue the job of serving the people of Oregon. In addition to her work in 2007, Brown has been an outspoken supporter of the freedom to marry, transgender inclusive health care and protecting LGBTQ youth. During the 2015 legislative session, one of Governor Brown’s first acts as governor was the signing of the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which banned the harmful and discredited practices of youth conversion therapy in Oregon. Last year, she also signed the End Profiling bill, which expressly provided protections for Oregonians based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

As the 2016 legislative session draws to a close, we congratulate and thank the Governor for her leadership on the historic effort to raise the minimum wage in Oregon. The bill is now headed to her desk making this a momentous occasion to voice our support.

“Governor Kate Brown has been a champion for marginalized communities throughout Oregon for more than two decades,” said Nancy Haque, Co-Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon. “She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ Oregonians and we are honored to endorse her in the 2016 Governor’s race.”

Brown began her political career in the State House of Representatives in 1991. She won two more terms before being elected to the Oregon Senate, where she would later become the Senate Majority Leader, the first woman to hold the position.

About Basic Rights Equality PAC: Basic Rights Equality PAC seeks to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon by electing pro-equality candidates to all levels of office. We are a non-partisan political action committee focused on statewide and legislative offices.

The Equality PAC’s all-volunteer board members interview candidates and issue endorsements in select races. During the 2014 election cycle, 46 of 52 Equality PAC endorsed candidates won in statewide, local and legislative races. Oregonians can support the Equality PAC by using the Oregon Political Tax Credit, which allows you to make a $50 donation, or $100 for couples, and then you get your money back on your taxes.