Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is the only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention. Pride Fund was founded by Jason Lindsay, a gay Iraq War veteran, in the days following the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. When it occurred, the Pulse nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Pride Fund supports sensible gun policy reforms while championing LGBTQ safety and equality by advocating for legislation and supporting candidates at the state and federal levels.
Gun reform is on the agenda, with the recent Parkland, Florida shooting (the 18th school shooting of 2018) at the top of the list. Senator Marco Rubio, who has taken $3.3 million in NRA cash, is again offering bromides instead of solutions — and after claiming a renewed interest in public service after the Pulse massacre in Orlando as the reason to run for the seat he gave up. Additionally, CNN aired a damning report detailing how an NRA-connected lobbyist’s recommendations became part of an official white paper from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“We’re all paying for the NRA’s monetary dominance of Republicans and the legislative process, and Marco Rubio is the face of that effort. Their goal of providing unfettered access to firearms of any type to anyone who wants a gun is tearing apart our communities and destroying America,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and executive director of Pride Fund.