Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck, and Pose, announced at an LGBT event on Dec. 2 that he is launching a multi-million-dollar organization to target "anti-LGBTQ canidates" in the 2020 election, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Me.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
"I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go and stop polluting our moral and ethical ether," said Murphy, an open and militant homosexual. “You cannot keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded and anti-constitutional viewpoints."
Murphy made his remarks at the TrevorLIVE gala in Beverly Hills, an event held to "support LGBTQ youth in crisis." The gala is sponsored by The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ group that operates a 24/7 telephone bank and social-site to aid young people "in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk."
“It was the midterms this year that gave me hope," said Murphy, on stage with some of the cast members of Pose, a drama on FX that promotes transgender themes and characters in a 1980s New York City.
"One by one, anti-LGBTQ candidates, who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy, fell away," he said. "They were disgraced and they were eliminated by candidates who were largely boosted to victory by young and female voters, by the way."
"Over 20 anti-LGBTQ, right-wing politicians and their horrifying views were gone in a day," he said. "Dana Rohrbacher, Mia Love, Jason Lewis, Pete Sessions gone. Bigots, all of them. And they were replaced by allies, new politicians who won’t spread harmful and wrong rhetoric that can lead a young LGBTQ person to actually believe that they are not good enough or worthy enough to stay on this Earth anymore."
"I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go and stop polluting our moral and ethical ether," said Murphy, whose other TV creations include American Horror Story, Feud, and 9-1-1.
He continued, "I’ll keep it simple, here’s what we’re doing: In 2020 we are going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-millionaire-dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office. We are narrowing our focus to 20 of them, Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes by hurting and discriminating against us. I have to say to them, well, we can get votes too."
Murphy, who has an estimated net worth of $100 million, further said, “We are going to financially support candidates who are running against those with anti-LGBTQ hate views. We are going to pay for advertisements, organization, and infrastructure, and we are going to send a message which says that you can’t make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore."
“You cannot keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded and anti-constitutional viewpoints," said Murphy.
"We know where the work needs to be done," he said. "We say, hello Mike Lee, the young, Ivy League-trained senator from Utah. … Also, hey there, [Sen.] Susan Collins … who voted for Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. … She’s up in 2020 and Maine’s a blue state. We see you, Susan Collins. … We see you, [Sen.] Lindsey Graham, as well."
"Also, hi there, Steve King," said Murphy. "Mr. King of Iowa is vying to become America’s biggest bigot. His side-business is rhetorical gay bashing. … Let’s show Rep. King that the Queens are not having it."
Murphy is "married" to photographer David Miller. The couple has two sons who were created by surrogate.