The only LGBT group focused solely on gun reform has endorsed Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who's running for re-election in Wisconsin for the U.S. Senate in what could be a competitive race.
Jason Lindsay, executive director of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, said in a statement Monday his organization based its endorsement of Baldwin on her LGBT record as the only out lesbian in Congress and her support for gun control.
"Tammy Baldwin has repeatedly proven her commitment to passing sensible gun legislation which is supported by her F-rating from the NRA," Lindsay said. "Baldwin's support for comprehensive background checks and preventing those convicted of hate crimes from owning firearms are two gun safety measures that will undoubtedly save lives. Sen. Baldwin's leadership on civil rights issues and her outspoken position on commonsense gun reform proves that she is the kind of leader we need in Congress."
Baldwin obtains the endorsement from the Pride Fund as she runs for re-election in a state that narrowly went to President Trump in the 2016 election. Outside conservative groups, including the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, have spent millions of dollars seeking to unseat her in the congressional mid-term election.
In a statement, Baldwin said she welcomes support from the Pride Fund as they both pursue efforts to enact gun control in the aftermath of repeated mass shootings in the United States, most recently the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.
"I'm proud to have the support of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence as we work together to stop the rising tide of mass shootings, hate crimes and discrimination in America," Baldwin said. "Washington must listen to the voices of those whose lives have been touched by these horrific tragedies and are calling for action to stop gun violence in America."
This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade and is made available in partnership with the National LGBT Media Association.