The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is the South's oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. Founded in 1975, it is the largest GLBT political organization in the city of Houston and Harris County. The Caucus is nonpartisan and endorses candidates on the basis of their support for GLBT rights, regardless of political affiliation.
The Caucus continues to mobilize the city's GLBT and GLBT-friendly voters, elect pro-equality candidates, and influence local, state, and national elections. The Caucus continues to welcome any candidate who is willing to stand against discrimination and to support equal rights for GLBT individuals.
The main roles that the organization fills are screening and endorsing candidates, registering voters, organizing efforts to turn out the pro-equality vote (including block walks, phone banks, and other grassroots activities), and holding elected officials accountable for their actions once in office.
Outside of election activities, the Caucus engages in community outreach and education, often providing education and training on GLBT issues to various agencies and companies throughout the region and refers members of the community to services and resources that are available. We regularly work with law enforcement agencies to improve conditions in our jails and the treatment GLBT individuals receive from law enforcement officers. We also work to promote effective public, corporate, and organizational policies across the region that will make the Houston region a safe, welcoming place for GLBT individuals.