October 17, 2018
Washington, DC—In its continuing mission to support electoral candidates with strong records for transgender equality, the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund has announced its third round of endorsements for the 2018 elections.
- Gerri Cannon (NH District Strafford 18) is a longtime advocate for transgender rights and a current member of the Somersworth school board in New Hampshire. She is the first openly transgender elected official from her hometown. Over decades of advocacy, she has worked against workplace discrimination and to include gender identity as a protected class in the Granite State. She is a successful small business owner and has a genuine desire to help promote transgender advocacy should she become a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
- Amelia Marquez (MT District 52) is a native of Billings, Montana. After acquiring a degree from Montana State University-Billings, Amelia worked to become Vice-Chairwoman of the Yellowstone County Democrats, advocating for representation of marginalized communities in the political process. Additionally, she and her family are well-known in the community for their advocacy for youth in the arts. In her campaign for Montana House District 52, Amelia has been a consistent and persuasive voice for healthcare rights, effective and fair public education, and LGBTQ equality.
- Brianna Titone (CO District 27) is a geologist and information technology professional who has lived in Jefferson County, Colorado for over ten years. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned her degrees in physics and biology. Now, she is seeking to become the next Representative in Colorado House District 27 with a campaign platform that includes support for affordable and attainable housing, fair wages, reproductive and LGBTQ rights, and homelessness.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the NCTE Action Fund, applauded the work of all three candidates:
“We are so proud to support the efforts of these three wonderful candidates who have already established themselves as leaders in their communities. Across the country, people are recognizing the power state legislators can wield when they act as advocates for the people they serve, finding real solutions to real problems. Gerri, Amelia, and Brianna represent so well the strength and dignity transgender people can bring to their communities, and the NCTE Action Fund is so honored by the opportunity to endorse them.”