Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ+ Victory Institute led a coalition of 22 organizations to call on Senate leadership to swiftly confirm Gigi Sohn as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner. Sohn was first nominated over a year ago and in recent weeks, has been the target of a vile homophobic and sexist smear campaign. Click here to read the full coalition letter, which was sent to Senators Schumer, McConnell, Cantwell and Cruz today.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, released the following statement:
“Gigi earned the support of this diverse group of organizations because we know her distinguished career as a public servant, advocate and policy expert makes her the right person for this job. We are confident her track record and superior qualifications will outshine any last-ditch efforts to stall her confirmation.
“The bigots’ playbook is as simple as it is desperate: when they cannot attack us on merit, they weaponize our sexual orientation and resort to lies and fearmongering. But their animus has only strengthened our resolve. The LGBTQ+ community remains united in our support of Gigi’s historic nomination. Enough is enough – it’s time Gigi receive the confirmation she has more than earned.”
LGBTQ+ Victory Institute’s Presidential Appointments Initiative, which works with the administration to recommend and advocate for qualified LGBTQ+ leaders ready to serve in the administration, advocated for Sohn’s nomination. First launched during President Bill Clinton’s administration, the Presidential Appointments Initiative has helped the Biden administration become the most LGBTQ-inclusive administration in U.S. history.
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