While Ryan Murphy has been doing amazing things for the queer and trans community as far as representation on the television screen, this year he has absolutely put his money where his mouth is.
During this speech at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE gala in Los Angeles on Sunday, the man behind Glee, Pose and American Horror Story said he is launching an initiative to eject anti-LGBTQ politicians from office. He claimed the fund will target 2020 candidates “who think they can get votes by hurting and discriminating us.”
“I’m going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multimillion-dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office,” Murphy said while accepting TrevorLIVE’s Hero Award, as CNN reported. “I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go and to stop polluting our moral and ethical ether.”
The initiative, titled “Pose Gives Back” in reference to his FX show starring trans and queer people of color in 1980s ball culture, will focus on 20 key Congressional districts across the country. It will focus on voter registration in order to empower LGBTQ+ people and allies to use their voice on election day. Murphy used the 2018 Midterm election “Rainbow Wave” as an example of how this can work, given that this success was attributed largely to “young and female voters.”
“Based on this fall, I think it’s now possible to create a movement to protect and nourish our own,” 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.”
“We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore,” he continued. “You can’t keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded anti-constitutional viewpoints.”