COLUMBIA, S.C. — The SC Equality PAC, the political action committee of SC Equality, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights group, has released their first round of endorsements for state and local races for the 2020 season.
The list includes 69 of the state’s leaders (42 incumbents seeking re-election and 27 challengers seeking to fill seats in the legislature) who would work to achieve equality for LGBTQ residents and their families. In addition, one local endorsement was included in this round, the organization said.

SC Equality Executive Director Jeff Ayers said that it was crucial to have a pro-equality majority in South Carolina’s government.

“For the past two years, we’ve watched every bill that would improve the lives of LGBTQ South Carolinians get voted down in our state legislature,” said Ayers. “It’s our hope South Carolina will become a better place to live for its LGBTQ population by removing daily difficulties for its transgender residents, prohibiting conversion therapy and blocking harmful religious exemption bills.”

SC Equality PAC is in the middle of it’s endorsement process and will be rolling out their next list of endorsements in the coming weeks. So far it has endorsed 22 state senate races (a majority of which are opposed), 45 house races (with nine being unopposed), along with Kristin Graziano as sheriff for Charleston County.

The list of endorsements can be found online in the 2020 LGBTQ Voter Guide (which will be updated as new endorsements are announced).

SC Equality Coalition, the political advocacy arm of SC Equality, will be announcing their endorsements for federal offices shortly.


Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.