August 4, 2020


Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force and author of the Do No Harm Act, Congressman Joe Kennedy III has fiercely fought for civil rights garnering nationwide support


Watertown, MA –– Today, LGBTQIA+ community members and leaders from across the nation endorsed Joe Kennedy III for U.S. Senate, citing the tireless advocacy and visibility he brings to this fight in Washington, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and across the country.

Throughout his time in Congress, Kennedy has become a leading voice on LGBTQIA+ issues. He has authored legislation to ensure religious liberty claims cannot be used to deny civil rights, to end the so-called “Gay and Trans panic” defense in courts, and to create a National Transgender Day of Remembrance.

As Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, he has led efforts to fight back against Donald Trump’s anti-equality agenda, from his ban on transgender troops to his decision to remove anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQIA+ students and his attempts to strip health care away from transgender individuals. 

Kennedy has also been at the forefront of the equality fight in Massachusetts. He helped lead the efforts in 2013 and 2015 to codify anti-discrimination protections for transgender individuals, offering testimony before the State House twice. In 2018, as far-right extremists tried to roll back those protections, he joined the successful “Yes on 3” campaign to protect the law.                      

“We need bolder leaders like Joe fighting for equality on all fronts,” said former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “At a time when we need champions, not just allies, he has been a powerful voice and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.”

“Joe Kennedy is more than an ally — he is a strong advocate with a proven track record in fighting for our community,” said Justin Nelson, co-founder and President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “From lifting up and protecting our voices to spearheading positive policy change, Joe’s in this fight for the long haul. Our country deserves a fierce advocate that will continue to show up and put in the hard work to protect our rights.”

“Congressman Kennedy is the leader our community and country need right now,” said Chance Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “As we rebuild our country and aim for something better, he’s the fighter you want in your corner. We could use him in the United States Senate.” 

“Joe has made civil rights a priority since his first days in Congress,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Former Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “He’s not afraid to take on the big fights and take a stand against the injustices the LGBTQIA+ community faces on a daily basis. We need more people like Joe in the United States Senate, especially individuals willing to speak up for open transgender military service.”

“We need bold allies and advocates like Joe Kennedy in the United States Senate,” said Brian Bond, former Obama White House and EPA official focused on LGBTQ+ equality and climate action. “In this moment, with the stakes so high, we cannot afford to elect someone that doesn’t do every single thing they can to make positive change and create a more socially just country and world. I have no doubt that Joe Kennedy will go above and beyond for our community and for all those fighting for equality.” 

“Joe Kennedy always shows up for the LGBTQIA+ community as an ally and an advocate,” said Jeff Trammell, Senior Advisor for LGBTQ Affairs, for both the Gore and Kerry Presidential campaigns. “We need Senators who are going to champion this cause, fight for civil rights and stand up against injustice. Joe Kennedy has been the leader our community needs and deserves. I’m proud to endorse him for U.S. Senate.”

“Joe Kennedy has been an unrelenting fighter, ally and advocate for the transgender community,” said Diego Sanchez, former Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Barney Frank and the first openly transgender person to work as a senior staff member on Capitol Hill. “As someone who has firsthand experience on Capitol Hill, I know a real advocate when I see one. Joe is with the transgender community all the way —  in Massachusetts, in Washington, and across our country. We must elect him to the United States Senate.”

“Joe Kennedy doesn’t just sit at the table. He listens, engages, and follows through,” said Mark Walsh, former National Director of LGBT Outreach Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Joe has consistently taken concrete action to effect change for and to protect the LGBTQIA+ community and our interests. That’s what the country and the Commonwealth need in a Senator — a listener, a leader, a fighter.”

“Joe Kennedy has been on the frontlines of the equality fight from his first days in office,” said Paul Kawata, a HIV/AIDS activist. “His record speaks for itself. His unwavering commitment, strong advocacy and allyship to the LGBTQIA+ community demonstrates what a passionate and energetic leader he’ll be in the Senate.”

“The LGBTQIA+ community is lucky to have such a fierce advocate and ally in Joe Kennedy,” said Jason Mida, co-chair of the Kennedy for Massachusetts LGBTQIA+ Leadership Council. “When it comes to standing up for equality, Joe never backs down. His work across the country, in Washington and at home in the Commonwealth demonstrates his steadfast commitment to social justice for all.”