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AUF in the News: RNC and Big Tent Brunch

July 26, 2016

American Unity Fund made an unforgettable impression on the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out the news coverage below for highlights: Politico, Sarah Wheaton Gay Republicans want more from Trump The Hill, Megan R. Wilson Pro-LGBTQ Push Underscores GOP Convention Wall Street Journal, Beth Reinhard Gay Republicans See Progress, Setbacks in Party’s Stance on […]

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Charlotte Observer: There’s nothing conservative about HB2

July 8, 2016

From Tyler Deaton, Senior Advisor of American Unity Fund, a conservative LGBTQ advocacy group: Last Friday, North Carolina’s General Assembly adjourned without addressing the most egregious aspects of HB2. The law, which allows for state-sanctioned discrimination against transgender individuals who live in or visit the state and prohibits local protections for LGBTQ North Carolinians, was […]

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Politico: In Trump, pro-gay rights Republicans see a new hope

June 15, 2016

By Kyle Cheney Republican gay rights advocates, long sidelined by the party’s socially conservative core, suddenly see an opening to move the GOP away from its hardline opposition to same-sex marriage. And they think Donald Trump is the candidate to help them do it. Trump buoyed Republican LGBTQ activists with his defense of the gay […]

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Politico: Conservatives draw battle plans for convention fight

May 10, 2016

By Alex Isenstadt Conservatives, increasingly distressed that their agenda is in peril, are preparing an aggressive push at the party convention to preserve their control over the GOP’s official platform. With some of the GOP’s biggest donors financing a multimillion-dollar campaign to soften the party’s stringent posture on social issues, and with Donald Trump deviating […]

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Charlotte Observer: Anti-HB2 videos try to humanize issue

May 2, 2016

By Craig Jarvis Anti-HB2 forces have begun lobbing videos online as the next phase of their effort to sway public sentiment against the anti-discrimination law. One of the most recent focuses on Zeke Christopoulos, a transgender man who lives in Asheville, talking about his concerns over having to use a women’s restroom although he looks […]

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Washington Blade: New ad seeks to allay concerns about trans bathroom use

By Chris Johnson Amid concerns LGBTQ groups aren’t doing to confront widely discredited anti-trans “bathroom predator” myths, a new ad against North Carolina’s recently enacted anti-LGBTQ law was launched Monday seeking to allay concerns about transgender people using the restroom. The ad features Zeke Christopoulos, a transgender resident of Asheville, N.C., who observes in the […]

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Charlotte News & Observer: Pro-LGBTQ Republican group launches ‘conservatives against HB2’ website

April 13, 2016

By Colin Campbell A national conservative organization that backs LGBTQ rights is entering the debate over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 with a new website, American Unity Fund was started by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer in 2012 and encourages Republicans to support same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ causes. The group’s House Bill […]

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Knoxville News Sentinel: Bill dictating restroom use is not conservative

April 9, 2016

By Tyler Deaton As Republicans, we know that the best government is a limited government. We expect our elected leaders to pass legislation that is fiscally sound and does not intrude on our rights or liberties. Unfortunately, not all lawmakers agree with these principles. Right now, lawmakers in Nashville are trying to pass legislation that […]

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Time: Florida Must Move Forward on Equality Measures

February 7, 2016

By Nadine Smith Florida is at a historic crossroads, and the nation will be watching whether lawmakers turn toward progress or lurch backward on Monday, when state senators take up the Florida Competitive Workforce Act—a bill that would add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) nondiscrimination protections to existing civil-rights law. Passage of such basic […]

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Daily Beast: GOP Dead-Enders Fight to Stay Anti-Gay

January 14, 2016

By Betsy Woodruff CHARLESTON, South Carolina — The most powerful Republican in South Carolina sent a subtle pro-marriage equality message Tuesday night, and Republicans trying to shift their party’s stance on that issue said Wednesday it was received loud and clear. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave the Republican Party’s official response to President Obama’s […]

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