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Proud Mary

Fri, Jun 29th 2012, 12:34

Texas is one of only 18 states that lack an out legislator, which advocates believe is key to passing pro-equality legislation. Gonzalez was endorsed by the Washington D.C.-based Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and the only candidate backed by the Equality Texas Equity PAC in the primary.

Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Democratic Nod for Hudson Valley House Seat

Wed, Jun 27th 2012, 14:03

"Sean has proven he knows how to get things done in Washington," said Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a nationwide group that works to elect out candidates to office. "He's deeply experienced and absolutely committed to finding ways to put New Yorkers and all Americans back to work. As an openly gay dad, he'll also be an authentic voice for LGBT families across the country. We're extremely pleased about tonight's big win."

Victory Fund endorses out lesbian Ann Johnson in Texas House race in Houston

Wed, Jun 27th 2012, 14:00

Victory Fund spokesman Denis Dison said having two openly LGBT legislators join the Texas House would intensify the impact and change in dialogue among the conservative-controlled House.


"Ann's deep experience as an assistant district attorney and legal advocate for kids makes her well-suited to serve in the Texas House," he told Instant Tea. "She is carrying on her family's impressive legacy of public service, and we are proud to support her campaign."

David Richardson, Joe Saunders, Stephen Smith endorsed by Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Tue, Jun 26th 2012, 16:57

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has issued 17 new endorsements of openly LGBT candidates running in the United States, including three in Florida:

"Two newly-endorsed candidates for the Florida House of Representatives, Joe Saunders and Dave Richardson, would be the Sunshine State's first openly gay state lawmakers," according to Victory Fund.

Victory Pride Party

Tue, Jun 19th 2012, 16:51

All the proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute. The institute holds trainings and professional development programs for LGBTs who want to run for public office.

Gay N.H. Executive Council candidate stumps in D.C.

Tue, Jun 19th 2012, 16:48

The Victory Fund on Friday hosted a fundraiser for gay New Hampshire Executive Council candidate Chris Pappas at the Beacon Bar and Grill's Sky Lounge in D.C. 


"Chris is a rising political star who's already deeply experienced and knowledgeable about state government," said Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe. "If he wins this race he'll be one of the state's highest-ranking openly LGBT officials, but more importantly he'll be in a position to serve all the people of New Hampshire. We're proud to endorse him."

The new face of politics: District 75 representative-elect Mary Edna Gonzalez focused on helping people

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:19

"This is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, in a press release. "The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin. And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all."

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announces endorsements in Ga. Gold Dome races

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:13

The national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund already announced its backing of state Rep. Rashad Taylor and state Rep. Karla Drenner in the July 31 Democratic primary earlier this week.Today, the organization rolled out the rest of its Georgia state legislative endorsements.

Zipprich Named Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellow

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:13

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich was named a David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellow, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute announced Tuesday.


Zipprich, borough council's only openly gay representative, is one of 11 open LGBT leaders in government and non-profit organizations who will receive scholarships to attend an elite executive development program at Harvard Kennedy School this July.

Two world leaders at NATO conference are openly gay

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:12

Denis Dison, vice president of communications for the Victory Fund, whose mission is to elect LGBT politicians, said certain legitimacy can only come from a democratic election.


"When they speak to their colleagues, it's quite different than speaking on behalf of an NGO," he said.


Dison added that when politicians like Sigurðardóttir are working to solve global issues like the financial crisis, it can make all gay people seem more conventional.


"The fact that she's an out lesbian and speaking about issues that everyone else cares about and is working on, makes people become aware that we are professionals and leaders just like everybody else is," Dison said. "Our job as out LGBT people is not solely to be LGBT advocates but to be, when we can, leaders of whole communities that work on issues that effect everybody."

The Victory Fund: Making History, One LGBT Candidate At A Time

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:11

Just two days after the victory, I received an email from The Victory Fund asking "Are you next?" I have known for a long time that running for office is in my future, but this campaign, and now The Victory Fund, had placed politics front and center in my present. The email encouraged me to apply to their "Onward to Victory" contest to earn an all-expenses-paid candidate and campaign staff training. Working on campaigns is exactly what I want to be doing right now, and my own run may be far sooner than I had ever anticipated.

Long Beach to Host International LGBT Conference

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:11

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, which produces the annual conference, is the nation's leading organization that identifies, trains and supports openly LGBT public officials. The Victory Institute is one of the most influential LGBT organizations in the United States, as its annual convention is considered extremely important to the political progress of the LGBT community (and can be a boon to the local economy). Leading up to the conference, the Victory Institute will also host a non-partisan candidate & campaign training for interested future LGBT candidates for office.

Long Beach to host Victory Conference, nation's largest LGBT meeting

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:09

This December, Long Beach will play host to the The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute's LGBT Leaders 2012 Conference, the largest annual gathering of LGBT elected and appointed officials in the nation. The 29th annual conference will be held in downtown Long Beach Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

1 gay candidate wins, 1 loses in city elections

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:08

With Cannon's defeat, Sherman remains one of only three out city council members in Texas, along with Fort Worth's Joel Burns and Houston's Mike Laster, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Inside Obama's LGBT Donor Machine: How The President Will Make Millions From Gay Marriage Push

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:06

Denis Dison of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund was careful to point out that while Obama's gay marriage endorsement will be a boost to his campaign, the gay community has donated generously from the very start. "It's not as if people who are self-identified as gay or lesbian didn't bundle before," he said. "It's that they're doing it openly. That sends a message to the candidate they're supporting. We're behaving a little more like the corporate world in that regard."

Lesbian and gay candidates

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 17:00

Chuck Wolfe talked about the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Fund, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the number of openly gay candidates running for office in 2012, the amount of money the group raises, the organization's history, and role the issue of same-sex marriage might play in the 2012 elections.

Gay political donors move from margins to mainstream

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:59

"People just have a better understanding and appreciation about how much impact they can have," said Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect openly gay and lesbian officials. Its budget has increased nearly sixfold in the last decade.


"They're electing state legislators who can deal with marriage issues. They're electing school board members who can talk about bullying," Wolfe said.,0,5615502.story

Openly gay NC legislator: 'We have to continue to fight'

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:56

Denis Dison of the Victory Fund, a nonprofit group dedicated to electing LGBT candidates to office, said that today is "bittersweet" for North Carolina. In spite of the passage of Amendment One, he said, "The fact that they are still going to have an LGBT voice in the state legislature is cause for hope."

Quinn's Persistent Gadflies

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:55

Inside the hotel, the openly gay Ms. Quinn was speaking at a fundraiser for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which aims to elect gay candidates.

UPDATED BREAKING NEWS: Obama supports marriage equality

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:52

"This is a watershed moment for the LGBT civil rights movement, but it's also a call to action. A president's vocal support for our community is a fantastic asset, but nothing can replace the hard work it will take to ensure we win the rights we deserve," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

"This year in Maryland and Washington state, marriage equality laws long sought by openly gay and lesbian state lawmakers were finally passed. Those successes came after determined efforts by coalitions of national, state and local LGBT groups, as well as tireless lobbying by the men and women whose lives would be most affected by these victories," Wolfe said.

Locals turn out to support Del. Senate candidate

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:49

The D.C. fundraiser was sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group that supports the election of openly LGBT candidates on the local, state and national level. The group has endorsed Staton.

Bi House hopeful to visit Dallas

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:48

Kyrsten Sinema, a former Arizona state senator who's vying to become the first bisexual member of Congress, will be in Dallas on Sunday, April 29, for a fundraiser sponsored by Stonewall Democrats, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Mo. lawmaker says he is gay, denounces school bill

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:48

A spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group that backs gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual candidate, said Wyatt is the only openly gay Republican in the nation who is currently serving in a state legislature. Other gay Republicans have served in state legislatures in the past. Two other members of the Missouri House, both Democrats from urban areas, are openly homosexual. One Democratic Missouri state senator is also openly lesbian.

LGBT candidates come out in force for 2012 election

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:43

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts talks to Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, about the emergence of more LGBT candidates for political office, and how that could impact efforts to marriage equality.

Gay El Paso House candidate Mary Gonzalez to visit Dallas for LGBT fundraiser next week

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:43

Mary Gonzalez, an openly gay candidate for Texas House from El Paso, will be in Dallas on Thursday, May 3 for a fundraiser sponsored by the Texas Equity PAC, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and Annie's List.

Victory Fund backs gay man for school board

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:41

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund this week endorsed Jacobson in the race.


"Jack Jacobson has proven his dedication to serving the District and Ward 2 as an elected member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission," said Victory Fund vice president Denis Dison. "We are eager to support openly LGBT leaders like Jack who want to work to make their communities better."

The Power List

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:40

In a year that saw Victory Fund–endorsed Alex Morse, America's youngest gay mayor, in office in Holyoke, Mass., Wolfe's organization continued to serve an integral role in getting more LGBT officials elected to office. And, with seven openly gay politicians running for Congress this November -- including Tammy Baldwin -- 2012 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Wolfe.

2012 proving busy year for Victory Fund

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:38

It's been a busy month for Victory Fund President Chuck Wolfe.


The organization raised more than $450,000 in a D.C. fundraiser, helped elect Pennsylvania's first openly gay state legislator and announced that South Dakota has its first out public official.

McDuffie, Day Net Ward 5 Endorsements

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:35

Day, who earned a 5 rating from the GLAA, beating out every Democrat except Hubbard, has received the backing of the D.C. Log Cabin Republicans and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization that seeks to elect openly LGBT, qualified candidates. 


Added Denis Dison, Victory Fund vice president of communications: ''Tim is an accomplished and committed community leader, a small business owner and a good government activist who has already made a difference for his Ward. As an openly gay person of color, Tim's service on the D.C. City Council would also reflect the diversity of the city's LGBT community. He's incredibly well-qualified to help lead D.C., and we're proud to endorse him.''

Gay Politicians Come Out In Force for 2012 Races

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:32

This year, more out candidates like Sinema may be running for office than ever before. The main organization for recruiting, training and funding these candidates, the nonpartisan Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, has already backed more than 100 national, state and local LGBT candidates, and expects that number to double before November.

Sims Wins Primary, On Track to Become Pennsylvania's 1st Openly Gay Legislator

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:24

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said of Sims' win, "LGBT Pennsylvanians will finally have a voice in their state legislature, and what a strong and unyielding voice it will be. We are thrilled for Brian, who ran a remarkable campaign."

Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics

Fri, Jun 8th 2012, 16:21

This year, there is even an openly gay Republican candidate running for Congress, Massachusetts' Richard Tisei, who has been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. 


Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, said the more openly gay people are in politics -- from elected office to the staff and appointee level -- the more role models there are, and the more sensitive the internal debate is likely to be.

Longtime gay activist Ken Britt announces run for Ga. House seat

Mon, Apr 23rd 2012, 15:45

Ken Britt, the retired executive director of Atlanta's Alston & Bird law firm, announced today he is running for the state House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Kathy Ashe who recently announced she is retiring from her post after serving 10 terms.

Romney hires gay nat'l security spokesperson

Mon, Apr 23rd 2012, 15:40

The Romney campaign has reportedly hired a gay veteran GOP communication specialist and former Bush administration official as its spokesperson for national security issues. 


Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, praised Grenell for taking on the role with the Romney campaign.


"Good for him," Wolfe said. "We applaud the participation of out professionals in government and politics. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, serving openly is important. It allows you to speak honestly about yourself and the LGBT community to colleagues inside campaigns and government offices."

Victory Fund honors Baldwin, Maryland lawmakers at DC brunch

Thu, Apr 19th 2012, 17:15

The Victory Fund honored Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Maryland's eight gay lawmakers who helped secure passage of their state's marriage equality bill during its National Champagne Brunch in Washington, D.C., last weekend.

Baldwin calls for marriage equality plank in Dem platform

Wed, Apr 18th 2012, 12:03

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin has joined the chorus of those calling for an endorsement of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, saying the inclusion of such language would be a "statement of values." 


The candidate made the remarks prior to her speech at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's annual brunch at the Washington Hilton.

Victory Fund Honors Gay Md. Lawmakers

Wed, Apr 18th 2012, 11:40

The Victory Fund honored the eight gay and lesbian lawmakers who spearheaded the passage of Maryland's marriage equality bill in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.


Delegates Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery), Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery), Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City), Bonnie Cullison (D-Montgomery) and Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) and state Sen. Rick Madaleno (D-Montgomery) received a standing ovation at the organization's National Champagne Brunch at the Washington Hilton. Delegates Peter Murphy (D-Calvert) and Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City) were unable to attend the event, but Victory Fund intern Geoff Corey described the legislators as an inspiration to LGBT young people before he introduced them.

Baldwin: Congress Must Pass ENDA, Repeal DOMA

Wed, Apr 18th 2012, 11:39

A confident Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin received a standing ovation at the Victory Fund's National Champagne Brunch in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.


During her speech at the Washington Hilton, Baldwin once again urged her colleagues to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "There are now thousands of loving couples who are legally married in their own state, but not in the eyes of the federal government," she said. "We must ensure that every marriage, every family is recognized and honored by the federal government."

Baldwin raised more than $2 million in Q1 2012

Fri, Apr 13th 2012, 18:23

Lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin has raised more than $2 million over the course of the first quarter of 2012 in her bid to become the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate. 


The candidate is set to be the featured speaker at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's annual national campaign brunch, which will take place Sunday at the Washington Hilton.

Quinn Woos Gays, Women

Fri, Apr 6th 2012, 14:17

Denis Dison, a vice president at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that backs gay and lesbian candidates for public office, said having an "out-lesbian" as mayor of New York City would be a "game changer."


"It would be a milestone for LGBT people, not only in the United States but around the world, given the profile of the city," Mr. Dison said. "It would be a signal about the progress that all LGBT and women have made in the political arena."

Two gay candidates seek office in Delaware

Fri, Mar 23rd 2012, 17:35

A gay former judge running for the office of Delaware Insurance Commissioner and a gay Realtor running for the State Senate in a district that includes the popular gay resort town of Rehoboth Beach have a good chance of winning their races, according to political observers. 


Crane and Staton have been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group that helps raise money for LGBT candidates for public office.

4 openly gay candidates seek Texas House seats

Mon, Mar 19th 2012, 12:17

Since 2003, when Austin Democrat Glen Maxey left the Texas House, no out LGBT person has served in the Texas Legislature.


The Lone Star State is now one of only 18 states that lacks an openly LGBT state legislator, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the Washington, D.C.-based PAC that backs out candidates nationwide.


But at least four LGBT candidates for Texas House will be seeking to change that this year.

BREAKING: Senate confirms gay nominee to Calif. federal court

Thu, Mar 15th 2012, 17:08

The Senate on Thursday confirmed to the bench a gay judicial nominee whom Republicans had held up for four months from receiving a floor vote along with other appointees. 


Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said Fitzgerald's legal experience "makes him an excellent choice for the federal bench."

"He joins a still very small but growing group of openly LGBT federal judges, and we commend the Obama administration for making sure these esteemed positions are open to all qualified Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," Wolfe said.

Gays, By the Numbers

Fri, Mar 9th 2012, 11:02

For many gay-rights activists, Baldwin's ascent to the Senate remains the top priority. "These opportunities don't come along very often for us to break a glass ceiling," said Denis Dison, spokesman for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group dedicated to electing more LGBT officials. 


The upside for 2012, Dison said, is a potential wave of new gay candidates. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has identified as priorities electing four openly gay challengers, including one Republican.

National news in brief: March 2

Fri, Mar 2nd 2012, 17:22

Duncan is among dozens of LGBT candidates on the ballot in Florida hoping to join the 26 openly gay elected officials in the Sunshine State, including two that are competing in a four-way race for the same seat on the Orlando City Council. They are among hundreds competing this year nationwide.


According to Denis Dison of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, there are currently 77 Victory Fund-endorsed candidates on ballots across the country, but by November, that number could be closer to 200. Pennsylvania is fielding three openly gay state House candidates alone with Brian Simms, Christopher Dietz and Kelly McEntee.

Taking a stand

Fri, Mar 2nd 2012, 17:21

A week after making national headlines over her refusal to marry straight couples until marriage equality arrives in Texas, openly gay Dallas County District Judge Tonya Parker is focusing on the work in her courtroom. 


Parker also isn't believed to have sought an endorsement from the Washington, D.C.-based Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs openly LGBT candidates nationwide.


She does now appear on the group's list of out officials, who are placed there if the Victory Fund confirms that they are out or if a news article mentions them being open, spokesman Denis Dison said.

Public Policy Polling: "Baldwin leads Thompson 46-45 in this month's poll"

Wed, Feb 29th 2012, 16:39

Public Policy Polling new polling released today shows Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) having improved in a match-up against her closest possible Senate competitor, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) -- although the changes are within the margin of error and continue to show a nearly tied race between the two. 


Tiffany Muller, vice president for political operations at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said in astatement, "Tammy is talking about the issues most Wisconsin families really care about, so it's no surprise that her message is resonating with Wisconsin voters."

Gay candidates run openly for Pennsylvania office: 'A remarkable amount of progress'

Tue, Feb 28th 2012, 10:11

With three "open and out" candidates seeking state House seats this year, chances are better than ever that Pennsylvania's gay and lesbian community will have its first known voice in the General Assembly at this time next year. 


Denis Dison, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a political action committee that seeks to increase the gay voice in government, noted at least 30 states have elected gay state lawmakers to date, including traditionally red states like Utah, Georgia and Oklahoma.

But Pennsylvania, over the last few years has been building a deeper bench at the local level. There are gay elected officeholders in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg — where City Controller Dan Miller plans to run for mayor next year — and smaller communities like Millersburg.

Victory Fund Brunch 2012 San Diego Features NYC Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn

Mon, Feb 27th 2012, 15:40

Two Election 2012 priorities stood out at yesterday's Victory Fund brunch at the Catamaran resort on Mission Bay: getting Tammy Baldwin, Democratic congresswoman from Wisconsin, elected to the U.S. Senate; and strengthening financial support for LGBT candidates in general – especially those who promise to actively battle for equality under the law for Americans of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Gay sheriff prompts intriguing questions

Mon, Feb 27th 2012, 10:56

There have been no openly gay Republicans in Congress since 2006, when another Arizonan — U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe — retired. And the nation's 7,382 state legislators include 93 openly gay Democrats but not a single openly gay Republican, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.


"If you're an openly gay Republican, you face a platform that is sometimes not welcoming," said Chuck Wolfe, the fund's president. "It's going to take a while to reverse that feeling."

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