The April 1 elections across Wisconsin brought us big wins for fairness.  Not every endorsed candidate was victorious, but we sincerely thank those champions for equality for running, and know that they will stay engaged in local efforts to advance equality in their communities.

And we are thrilled by the number of proud members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Wisconsin who defended their seats at the table, and others who have successfully run and won for the first time, including:

  • Gypsy Vered Meltzer, who will join the Appleton Common Council, and has made history as the first openly transgender person to be elected to public office in Wisconsin
  • Andrew Schauer, who defeated a 20-year incumbent to join the LGBT delegation on the Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Michael Childers, who joins the La Pointe Town Board of Supervisors
  • Dayvin Hallmon, who was unopposed for Kenosha County Board after a successful term helping shepherd domestic partner benefits through the Board.
We are also proud of some of our strongest allies who have been re-elected, like Boyd Frederick on the Kenosha County Board and Anthony Kennedy on the Kenosha City Council, who have stood up for fairness again and again.
Our communities are unique, but across the state, gains for fairness have been made.  Our local elected officials are on the front lines, helping advance measures like domestic partner benefits and anti-discrimination laws in places like Appleton, Manitowoc, Eau Claire, Outagamie County, Kenosha County and many more.  In the current landscape, our elected officials are more critical than ever to advancing and protecting the civil rights of LGBT Wisconsinites. We are proud to have stood with these candidates during their campaigns.
In fairness,
Katie Belanger
President & CEO