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posted Friday, October 5, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 40
HRC partners with Billy Eichner and Funny or Die's 'Glam Up the Midterms' on swing-state early-vote tour
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HRC partners with Billy Eichner and Funny or Die's 'Glam Up the Midterms' on swing-state early-vote tour

WASHINGTON - [On October 4], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Funny or Die announced a three-stop early vote tour featuring 'Billy on the Street' host Billy Eichner and HRC President Chad Griffin. The tour will include stops in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday, October 13; Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, October 20; and Milwaukee, Wisc., on Saturday, October 27, and is aimed at encouraging millions of 'equality voters' nationwide to take advantage of early voting and make their voices heard this November. In addition to more than 10 million LGBTQ voters across the nation, the HRC has identified 52 million 'equality voters,' who make issues of equality a deciding factor in their vote.

'We're thrilled to partner with Funny or Die and Billy Eichner on the road this month to energize equality voters as early voting begins. Equality voters will be crucial in winning back pro-equality majorities in Congress and electing pro-equality leaders in these states,' said Griffin. 'These events will be an opportunity for young people and LGBTQ voters to hear more about what's at stake on the ballot this year and make their voices heard.'

'Phoenix! Las Vegas! Milwaukee! We're coming for you!!! I'm so excited to hit the road and visit these great American cities with my friends at Human Rights Campaign,' said Eichner. 'Everyone's invited to join us for these fun get-out-the-vote pep rallies, where we'll be walking, marching, skipping, and/or dancing over to the polls together to participate in early voting all over the country! See you there!'

The HRC has identified millions of 'equality voters' across the country - voters who support LGBTQ-inclusive policies - including more than 800,000 voters in Arizona, more than 600,000 voters in Nevada, and more than half a million voters in Wisconsin. The HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in each of these three states - and several more - in the 2018 cycle, and has staff and resources on the ground as part of the largest grassroots expansion in the organization's 38-year history.

Early voting begins in Arizona on October 10 and Nevada on October 20. In Wisconsin, where early voting dates and hours are set by individual municipalities, voting began in many towns and cities in September. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Details on each event are below. Media interested in attending and covering must RSVP to nick.morrow@hrc.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 - PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Venue: Tempe Improv
Address: 930 E University Drive, Tempe, AZ
Time: 1:30 pm

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Venue: East Las Vegas Community Center
Address: 250 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV
Time: 9:30 am

SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 27 - MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Venue: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Student Union (Wisconsin Room)
Address: 2200 E Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI
Time: 10:30 am

Actor, comedian, and writer Billy Eichner is a multifaceted force to be reckoned with. The new season of 'Billy on the Street' just premiered, and Eichner can be seen in Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series, 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse.' In 2019, Eichner will be in two Disney features: he will voice the character of Timon in Jon Favreau's highly anticipated live-action remake of The Lion King, slated to be released on July 19, and he will also star in the Christmas film Noelle, the story of Santa's daughter who has to take over the family business, set for a winter 2019 release. Eichner's TV credits include Hulu's critical darling 'Difficult People,' NBC's 'Parks and Recreation,' and Netflix's 'Friends From College.' Additionally, Eichner lends his voice as 'Mr. Ambrose' on Fox's popular animated comedy 'Bob's Burgers.' In addition to on-screen work, Eichner partnered with Funny or Die to launch 'Glam Up the Midterms.'

The HRC is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

'Glam Up The Midterms' is a nonpartisan campaign to encourage and energize young people to vote during the November 2018 midterm elections. You can learn more at GlamUpTheMidterms.com.

Courtesy of the HRC

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