“Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes hurting and discriminating against us—well, we can get votes too,” – Ryan Murphy.
TV producer Ryan Murphy announced his goal to get anti-LGBTQ candidates out of office in 2020 at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLive gala, which honored him Sunday, Dec. 2, in Los Angeles for his groundbreaking TV show “Pose.”
The Trevor Project is the country’s leading LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization.
Murphy’s new show on FX, “Pose,” which features many transgender performers, received the Trevor Project’s Hero Award for furthering LGBTQ representation in television.
The openly gay mega-producer is also behind the TV hits “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”
Murphy’s newly revealed political endeavor is entitled “Pose Gives Back” and aims to financially support candidates who are running against those with platforms that express anti-LGBTQ views.
“In 2020 I’m going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office,” Murphy announced at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLive gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. “Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes hurting and discriminating against us—well, we can get votes too.”
The new organization will also aim to increase LGBTQ voter registration.
Murphy further explained the inspiration behind his new project. “It was the midterms this year that gave me hope,” he said. “One after one, anti-LGBTQ candidates who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy fell, disgraced and eliminated by Democratic candidates—who were largely boosted to victory by young and female voters, by the way. The number was astounding to me—over 20 anti-LGBTQ right-wing politicians and their horrifying views gone.”
“[The] new politicians won’t spread harmful and wrong rhetoric that can lead a young LGBTQ person to actually believing they are not good enough or worthy enough to stay on this earth anymore,” Murphy explained.
The cause is all the more poignant for the producer of “Pose,” considering recent news that the Trump administration may be seeking to omit “transgender” identity terms from under lawful protection.
Murphy named a few politicians he was opposing, including Mike Lee of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Steve King of Iowa.
In addition to his new organization, Murphy also announced a $50,000 donation to the Trevor Project. By the end of the night, the Trevor Project raised $1.5 million.