On National Coming Out Day, over a hundred leaders from the LGBTQ+ community announced their support for Michelle Lujan Grisham and her campaign for governor. These individuals include elected officials, business leaders, and community activists. Earlier this year, Michelle was endorsed by Equality New Mexico and Diné Equality, two of the leading LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations.

Michelle has been a champion for equality throughout her entire career. She served as the co-chair of the New Mexico Unites for Marriage campaign to secure same-sex marriage in our state. She has been a consistent supporter of protecting social security benefits for all same-sex spouses even in states that did not recognize same sex marriage at the time. Additionally, she supported the 2013 Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit hiring discrimination on the basis of sexual identity nationwide.

In conjunction with the announcement of this growing list of LGBTQ+ supporters, Senator Jacob Candelaria, the first openly gay man elected to New Mexico’s legislature and sponsor of the law that banned conversion therapy in New Mexico, issued the following statement:  

“Michelle was there for us when we needed her. She is a champion for equality. She leaves no New Mexican behind and I know she will work every day to ensure that every New Mexican family, including mine, has the opportunity to succeed.”

The more than 100 leaders from the LGBTQ+ community are listed below: 

  • Carlos Abeyta, Alcalde
  • Josh Abeyta, Taos
  • Tessa Allison, Albuquerque
  • Mikki Anaya, Santa Fe
  • Marianna Anaya, Albuquerque
  • Paul Anglada, Albuquerque
  • Cheyenne Beardsley, Albuquerque
  • Robynn Bell, Albuquerque
  • Joan Benavidez-Sallee, Los Lunas
  • Elizabeth R Berrey, Albuquerque
  • Brenda Broussard, Albuquerque
  • Candy Caldwell, Albuquerque
  • TJ Caldwell, Albuquerque
  • Senator Jacob Candelaria, Albuquerque
  • Patricia Carlton, Santa Fe
  • Leah Jo Carnine, Albuquerque
  • Adrian Carver, Albuquerque
  • Mark Chaiken, Santa Fe
  • Cynthia Chavers, Albuquerque
  • Israel Chavez, Las Cruces
  • Sylvia Chávez, Las Cruces
  • Ann Cole, Albuquerque
  • Richard E Cooley, Albuquerque
  • Cheryl Colón, Albuquerque
  • Jessica Corley, Albuquerque
  • Bunnie Cruse, Albuquerque
  • Cristian G Cruz, Albuquerque
  • John Daly, Albuquerque
  • Elijah Daniels, Albuquerque
  • Lou Ann Darras, Albuquerque
  • Councilor Pat Davis, Albuquerque
  • Janice Devereaux, Albuquerque
  • Brian A. Eagan, Albuquerque
  • Eleanor Edelstein, Santa Fe
  • Saly Entislia, Albuquerque
  • Wendy Foxworth, Los Ranchos
  • Paula Getz, Los Ranchos
  • Anthony Gonzales, Albuquerque
  • Glenda Greene, Lordsburg
  • Terri Hanoumis, Albuquerque
  • Kat Heatherington, Albuquerque
  • MaryAnn Hendrickson, Las Cruces
  • Phillip Herndon, Albuquerque
  • Jodie Herrera, Albuquerque
  • Steve Hill, Mountainair
  • Ken Holmes, Los Alamos
  • Jennifer Hoy, Albuquerque
  • Brandon Scott Jensen, Albuquerque
  • Mattee Jim, Albuquerque
  • Carol Kielsing, Las Cruces
  • Patrick Killen, Albuquerque
  • Adrien Lawyer, Albuquerque
  • Dale Leedy, Farmington
  • Mark Lewis, Aztec
  • Kristy Lopez, Albuquerque
  • Emet Ma’ayan, Albuquerque
  • Susan Magana, Albuquerque
  • Rhonda Manthei, Albuquerque
  • Javier Martinez, Silver City
  • Carmela Martinez, Santa Fe
  • Todd McElroy, Santa Fe
  • Gordene McKenzie, Albuquerque
  • Liz McMaster, Albuquerque
  • Cassius Money, Albuquerque
  • Melissa Moore, Albuquerque
  • Michelle Morales, Tyrone
  • Michelle Mueller, Albuquerque
  • Patrick Murphy, Santa Fe
  • Nancy Nangeroni, Albuquerque
  • Joyce Nickols, Los Alamos
  • Chris Nordstrum, Santa Fe
  • Jose Noriega, Albuquerque
  • Tony Ogaz-Muñoz, Albuquerque
  • Jesus Padilla, Las Cruces
  • Christopher Papaleo, Albuquerque
  • Pat Payne, Los Ranchos
  • Mariana Peña, Albuquerque
  • Victor Raigoza, Albuquerque
  • Miriam Rand, Albuquerque
  • Anna Redsand, Albuquerque
  • Dan Ripley, Albuquerque
  • Nathan Rubinfeld, Santa Fe
  • Nathan Rubinfeld, Santa Fe
  • Paul Sanchez, Albuquerque
  • Kat Sanchez, Las Cruces
  • Maria Sanchez, Lordsburg
  • Leela Sarada, Albuquerque
  • Terry Schelder, Albuquerque
  • MP Schildmeyer, Bloomfield
  • Mary Schmitt, Santa Fe
  • Diego Sewell, Albuquerque
  • Linda Siegle, Santa Fe
  • Senator Liz Stefanics, Santa Fe
  • Phyllis H. Subin, Santa Fe
  • Jax Sugars, Albuquerque
  • Anjali Taneja, Albuquerque
  • Mistea Jean Taylor, Albuquerque
  • Sydney Tellez, Albuquerque
  • Cody Tenorio, Albuquerque
  • Kory Tillery, Albuquerque
  • Mauro Walden-Montoya, Albuquerque
  • Claire Wengrod, Albuquerque
  • Julie Williams, Bosque Farms
  • Valeria Wokfe, Albuquerque
  • William Wroda, Albuquerque
  • Kim Zamarin, Albuquerque
  • Hanii Ziehl, Las Cruces