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American Unity Fund Hosts “Big Tent Brunch” at 2016 RNC Convention

AUF to highlight conservative support for LGBTQ freedom
Attended by special guests Caitlyn Jenner, Montel Williams, GOP Elected Officials, and Hundreds of Pro-Freedom Republican Supporters

Washington, D.C. – American Unity Fund, a conservative 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans, will host a brunch on Wednesday, July 20th, under the Big Tent at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The event was first reported earlier today exclusively in The Daily Beast.

The “Big Tent Brunch” will showcase conservative support for LGBTQ freedom and the urgent work still needed to bring full freedom and equal opportunity to all fifty states. The event is drawing together conservative pro-LGBTQ supporters from all walks of life, with notable attendees such as Caitlyn Jenner and Montel Williams.

AUF is joined by an amazing roster of co-hosts, including Equality Ohio, the Log Cabin Republicans, the College Republican National Committee, the Ohio College Republican Federation, the LGBTQ Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and SAGE. AUF is also pleased to announce the generous support of corporate partners including AT&T, Facebook, Quicken Loans, Pfizer, GovPredict, and Microsoft. New co-hosts, corporate sponsors, and attendees are still joining and will be announced in the coming days.

One featured guest at the event, Montel Williams, a conservative activist as well as a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, is an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ community. “As a strong believer in individual liberty, I’m encouraged by the many Republicans who have come forward to support the liberty of LGBTQ Americans.  Unfortunately, there are a few misguided lawmakers who have lost sight of the fact that anything short of full freedom for our LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and co-workers is a threat to the freedom of all of us. Like Vice President Dick Cheney stated, ‘Freedom means freedom for everyone,’” Williams said.

AUF has worked with legislators in Utah, Texas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Tennessee, and several other states to craft and pass comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation and has led efforts to stop policies that are a threat to LGBTQ liberty. In addition, AUF is working with Congress to enact a comprehensive, bipartisan federal law that would ban discrimination against gay and transgender Americans.

Tyler Deaton, AUF’s Senior Advisor, says support among conservatives for LGBTQ protections is advancing rapidly. “The world is a much different place than it was in 2012 during the last Republican National Convention—we have seen tremendous progress and acceptance for LGBTQ freedom, especially after the historic Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutional freedom to marry for same-sex couples.”

Margaret Hoover, President of AUF, says striking a balance between religious liberty and LGBTQ inclusion aligns with conservative values.  “Republicans across the country have played a vital role in advancing LGBTQ freedom. Earlier this year, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would have legalized discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in their respective states. They recognized that these policies were a divisive distraction and that as Republicans we need to adopt a more unifying approach to have a stronger, more viable and more inclusive Party.”

The event is open to the press. For more information or to register for limited-availability media credentials, please contact Christine Baratta at


The mission of American Unity Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is freedom. We are dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone.

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