The Empower Coalition aims to empower youth to register to vote and turn out to vote in the midterm elections in numbers too great to ignore. We work to advocate for legislation at the local, statewide, and national level that creates positive change for youth. Center Action Network acts as advisor for the LGBTQ+ division of the Coalition.
We are dedicated to giving a voice to the more than 9.4 million LGBTQ+ voters in the United States. Despite advances into the American mainstream, LGBTQ+ people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life. Laws in the U.S. do not include clear, specific language that protects LGBTQ+ citizens against discrimination in day-to-day life. This leaves LGBTQ+ people unprotected against discrimination in employment, housing, and health care. 68% of LGBTQ+ youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBTQ+ from elected leaders. In 2018 and beyond, it is imperative that we vote for leaders who are clear in their plans to bring safety and equality to the entire LGBTQ+ community.