WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- #QTHEVOTE, a digital voter registration platform for the LGBTQ community and their allies, launched today as its flagship website went live at www.qthevote.com. #QTHEVOTE was founded by serial entrepreneur Trevor Burgess who was the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States. #QTHEVOTE leverages cutting-edge voter registration tools from vote.org and aims to register as many LGBTQIA+ Americans as possible in advance of the November 2018 elections.
"We've seen it time and time again, one vote can make all the difference. Our community has a duty to the next generation to make sure we are heard at the ballot box," said #QTHEVOTE founder Trevor Burgess.
In the 2016 national election, five states were decided by less than 1.5% of the vote. #QTHEVOTE estimates that there were more unregistered gay and lesbian Americans in each of those states than was the difference between winner and loser.
Estimated LGBT Unregistered Voters
"It's simple math, analyzing data from Gallup and Project Vote, if every LGBT American had voted in 2016 we would not have our fundamental rights under attack today," said #QTHEVOTE founder Trevor Burgess adding, "we can and should be the most powerful and passionate voters in America."
#QTHEVOTE plans to target unregistered LGBTQIA+ Americans through social media, online advertising and through partnerships with direct outreach organizations.
Q The Vote, Inc. has made application for 501(c)(3) status and is accepting donations on its website www.qthevote.com. #QTHEVOTE is nonpartisan and does not support nor endorse any particular candidate for public office.
About Trevor Burgess Trevor is the Chairman of Neptune Flood, a provider of private flood insurance and is Chairman of TRB Development, a diversified residential real estate development and consulting company. Trevor is the former President & CEO of C1 Bank.
Taking C1 Bank public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014, Trevor became the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank. In 2015 the Financial Times in conjunction with OUTstanding named Mr. Burgess one of the leading global LGBT executives and in 2016, NBC News named Trevor one of "11 Out Business Leaders You Should Know."
Trevor was named the 2014 American Banker Community Banker of the Year and was recognized as the 2013 Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category. In 2014 SNL named C1 Bank the 6th fastest growing bank in the country over the prior five years. C1 Bank was acquired by Bank of the Ozarks in July 2016.