Old Orchard Beach – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed Justin Chenette for the Democratic nomination for State Senate for Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Hollis, Limington, and Part of Buxton. The Victory Fund is the nation’s leading political organization supporting candidates who stand up for equality for the LGBT community and the rights of all.
In 2012, Chenette made history for becoming the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator at age 21.
The Advocate magazine named him “an architect of the next decade” and listed him among the 40 Under 40 most accomplished leaders throughout the country in 2013.
Most recently the Advocate named Chenette one of the top 7 out millennial politicians in the entire country shaking up the system along with Rep. Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford.
Chenette has championed issues of equality from working to pass marriage equality at Equality Maine to speaking out against so-called religious freedom bills on the House floor that aimed to roll back the clock on LGBT rights.
“I recently got married to my partner Eduard and I have to tell you, our community’s support for being with the person I love has been phenomenal,” says Chenette. “It’s important to elect individuals not based on their personal lives, but based on their conviction of fighting for those without a voice and their values of setting a positive example for the next generation.”
This endorsement follows the string of endorsements for Chenette from the Sierra Club to the incumbent Sen. Linda Valentino.