Several elected LGBTQ+ officeholders and veteran Democratic operatives have created Agenda PACa national organization that will work to preserve LGBTQ+ rights by campaigning against right-wing candidates, NBC News reported.
Founder Ted Bordelon, a political communications strategist, will be the executive director. Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania's first openly gay state representative of color, will be the chair.
The catalyst for forming the group was the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion. In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas called on the court to also overturn landmark decisions that legalized same-sex marriage and established rights for same-sex intimacyalthough fellow conservative Justice Samuel Alito balked at the idea.
Unlike groups such as Victory Fund, which are mainly focused on electing LGBTQ+ candidates, Agenda PAC plans to aggressively advertise against anti-LGBTQ+ politicians. The first target is Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania's Republican nominee for governor. Recently, Mastriano took aim at outgoing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order discouraging conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth.
Other board members include state Sens. Shevrin Jones, of Florida, and Megan Hunt, of Nebraska, as well as state Rep. Joshua Boschee, of North Dakota. All are Democrats, as well as the first openly LGBTQ+ candidates elected to their state legislatures.
According to POLITICO, the organization launched with a video (at www.youtube.com/watch. Agenda PAC's website is AgendaPAC.org .