Victory in the News

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."

BREAKING: Maryland Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill!

Mon, Feb 27th 2012, 10:55

According to, the Maryland senate just passed the bill nearly a week after the House of Delegates passed their version of the bill. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley lobbied for and intends to sign the bill into law.


"We are enormously proud of Sen. Madaleno for his years of advocacy for LGBT Marylanders. This is a huge victory for him and for his openly gay and lesbian colleagues in the House, and a dramatic step forward for Maryland and its people," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. "We also congratulate Equality Maryland, the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition and Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose lobbying and strategizing was so crucial to this victory."

BREAKING: Maryland House of Delegates Passes Marriage Equality Bill, 72-67

Tue, Feb 21st 2012, 14:09

Chuck Wolfe, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect out LGBT candidates, noted the role of out lawmakers in a statement.


"We're very proud of the gay and lesbian delegates whose leadership has been crucial in this debate," he said. "Maryland's lawmakers understand better the necessity of legal marriage for all couples because they serve alongside gays and lesbians whose loving, committed relationships reflect their own."

Sheriff’s 'outing' pushes Arizona to top of states with gay candidates for Congress

Tue, Feb 21st 2012, 14:05

Babeu joins three state lawmakers — all Democrats — who are openly gay or bisexual and running for Congress this year in Arizona. Rep. Matt Heinz and state Sen. Paula Aboud, both of Tucson, are running in District 2; former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix, who has said she is bisexual, is running in the new District 9.


But Arizona has a long history of electing openly gay candidates, said Denis Dison, spokesman for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect gays to public office.


"Arizona has a conservative reputation but it also has a history with openly gay candidates at the local and state level," Dison said. "Once those barriers are broken, people get bored with the topic and it's less of an issue."

Oklahoma gay candidate wins in landslide

Wed, Feb 15th 2012, 12:07

Al McAffrey is moving from one chamber in Oklahoma's statehouse to another.


The gay state representative on Feb. 14 won a special election for the state Senate. McAffrey, a Democrat, was the first openly gay candidate elected to the House and is now the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate.


"Al's election to the state Senate is another milestone for LGBT Oklahomans, and we are proud to support his campaign," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. "There are still a number of states that have never elected any openly LGBT state legislators, so Oklahoma can be proud that Al has been elected to both the House and the Senate."

Gay House, Senate candidates running strong

Wed, Feb 8th 2012, 15:47

Gay and lesbian candidates for the U.S. House and Senate are competitive with — and in some cases besting — their straight opponents when it comes to raising money. 


Denis Dison, spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said Baldwin has "lapped everybody in the field" of Republicans.


"They're going to be spending that money in the primary," Dison said. "This is going to be a pretty ugly primary on the Republican side. They're really going to have to spend all the way to win their nomination."

National news in brief: Feb. 10

Wed, Feb 8th 2012, 13:47

Victory Fund staffer appointed to advisory board


WASHINGTON — Rev. George B. Walker, Jr., vice president of strategic partnerships at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Victory Institute, was named to President Obama's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to a White House press release.


"I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles," said President Obama, upon naming Walker and six others to key administration positions. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."


Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe expressed excitement at the appointment.


"We're thrilled for our friend and colleague, George, a deeply committed and passionate advocate for equality, diversity and education," Wolfe told the Blade. "With George's appointment, President Obama continues to ensure LGBT voices are well-represented among the talented Americans who serve him and his administration."

Washington Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill With a 28-21 Vote

Wed, Feb 1st 2012, 15:55

The marriage equality bill's passage on Feb. 1 was praised by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund -- as was Murray, who is the only out LGBT lawmaker in the state Senate.


"Tonight's vote is a victory for fairness in Washington, and for Senator Ed Murray, who has worked so hard for so long to make life better for LGBT Washingtonians," Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, said in a statement. "When this bill is finally signed into law, Ed and Michael, his partner of 20 years, will finally have realized the equality under state law Ed has fought for since he was first elected to the legislature in 1995."

Barney Frank to Marry, DOMA Will Limit Federal Recognition of Congressman's Spouse

Thu, Jan 26th 2012, 16:52

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's president, Chuck Wolfe, said in a statement, "We are thrilled for Barney and Jim, and offer them both our congratulations and best wishes.


"As one of the world's most visible out elected officials, Barney Frank has long used his position and influence to draw attention to the freedoms LGBT Americans deserve but still do not enjoy," Wolfe said. "It's fitting that as his time in Congress comes to a close, he will finally take advantage of the freedom to marry in his home state of Massachusetts."

N.J. gov picks gay black man, Asian for top court

Mon, Jan 23rd 2012, 16:59

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie moved to diversify the state's all-white Supreme Court on Monday by proposing two firsts: the nominations of an openly gay black man and a Korean-born law enforcer to fill two vacancies. 

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington D.C., group that supports political campaigns of gay candidates, said the first two gay Supreme Court justices were both in Oregon. Rives Kistler was appointed to the bench in 2003 and elected to a full term the next year. Virginia Linder was elected in 2006.


Victory Fund spokesman Dennis Dison said all four others have been sworn in since 2010. They are: Barbara Lenk in Massachusetts, Sabrina McKenna in Hawaii, Monica Marquez in Colorado and Beth Robinson in Vermont. Robinson was previously the leader of a statewide gay rights group, Vermont Freedom to Marry.


Dison said his group helped Harris last year in his mayoral campaign, and that he is one of the few openly gay black Republican mayors in the nation.

Meet the super super PAC

Sat, Jan 21st 2012, 17:02

For PACs that have already gone hybrid — they range from the Conservative Action Fund to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund — the advantages are notable and immediate, several officials said.

Baldwin Raised More Than $1 Million in Last Quarter of 2011 for Senate Race

Thu, Jan 19th 2012, 17:05

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) announced today on Facebook that her campaign for U.S. Senate raised more than $1 million in the last three months of 2011. 


Endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the group's vice president for communications, Denis Dison, told Metro Weekly today, "There's a lot of excitement around this campaign. With 16,000 donors in just a matter of months, it's clear Tammy is attracting strong grassroots support. Still, money will matter a lot in this open seat race, and having close to $2 million on hand is a great start."

Giffords' gay savior says he's no hero

Thu, Jan 12th 2012, 17:10

Recently, Hernandez has become involved with the Gay and lesbian Victory Institute. The institute's focus is getting qualified gays and lesbians elected to public office. "They are helping to train the new generation and this generation in what it takes to be an elected official," he said. The institute offers Hill Congressional Internships, where young LGBT individuals can intern for a senator or a congressperson in much the same way he did.


"The Victory Institute shows you that being gay isn't always a liability but could also be an asset," he said. Hernandez—who, at only 21, has won his first local election and has not yet graduated from college—offers sound advice for those in the LGBT community who would rather sit on the sidelines than be on the field. "If you think just because you are LGBT you cannot serve and could never be elected, you're wrong," said Hernandez. "The institute can show you the successes of others who are qualified and want to serve. In Wisconsin right now, the people are working to elect Tammy Baldwin as the first openly gay Senator in United States history."

Out Lesbian Lawyer Wins Special Election in Minnesota, Will Fight State's Proposed Marriage Amendment

Wed, Jan 11th 2012, 17:11

Winning the election for Minnesota House District 61B, the DFLer, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, also is the nation's first Native American lesbian lawmaker. 


The Victory Fund, which supports out LGBT candidates, had endorsed Allen and celebratedthe victory.

Tiffany Muller, the Victory Fund's vice president for political operations, said in a statement, "We're thrilled for Susan and the remarkable progress her victory represents. This is our first win of 2012, and it's a fantastic way to start off what will be a very exciting year for LGBT candidates."

Takano on path to make history in Calif. race

Thu, Dec 22nd 2011, 17:15

The Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and gay Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) have already endorsed Takano. During a recent trip to D.C., Takano also secured endorsements from retiring gay Rep. Frank as well as members of the House Democratic leadership, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

How Barney Frank helped change the landscape for gay politicians

Mon, Dec 12th 2011, 17:33

Today, more than 30 states have gay representatives in both legislative houses, according to the Victory Fund, an international advocacy group for gay and lesbian public office holders. This year, 72 gays and lesbians were elected in the United States and 110 were elected in 2010. There are more than 500 openly gay elected public officials in the country today, says Denis Dison, spokesman for the Victory Fund.

Quinn: More work on LGBT issues needed in N.Y.

Wed, Dec 7th 2011, 17:36

For lesbian New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the passage of a same-sex marriage law in New York was a big win, but she acknowledges that more work on LGBT issues is needed.


"It passed in a pretty low time in our economy and a tough time for the city and state, and what I've noticed is wherever I go in the city — even still — people are happy," Quinn told the Washington Blade. "You go to senior centers, they're still congratulating me. It's really created, I think, a lot of joy and a stronger sense of community in the city."


Quinn made the remarks during the 27th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference — sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute — after a panel session titled "Victory in New York: A Model for Success," in which participants discussed the strategy that led to the enactment of same-sex marriage in New York.

Finances at 'turning point' for groups

Tue, Dec 6th 2011, 17:40

"Of particular concern," said the MAP report, "contributions from individual donors dropped sharply (a 14% drop, or $9.3 million) between 2009 and 2010. This revenue drop was mostly offset by revenue increases from corporations (41% increase, or $1.8 million),bequests (30% increase, or $1.6 million), fundraising events (6% increase, or $1.1 million) and other income (126% increase, or $3.2 million)."


MAP made its analysis using financial data from 40 LGBT groups, 27 of which had annual budgets of more than $1 million and 13 additional organizations whose missions are considered "critical" to the LGBT movement. The groups included such well-known national organizations as the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, as well as state groups, including MassEquality, the Empire State Pride Agenda, and Equality California.

Barney Frank's Retirement: Which LGBT Candidate Could Fill The Congressman's Shoes?

Tue, Dec 6th 2011, 17:38

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Bonnie Dumanis and the Wisdom of Ladder-Climbing

Mon, Dec 5th 2011, 17:43

Republican Bonnie Dumanis, currently trying to climb the local political ladder from her post as county District Attorney to San Diego's mayor, has been noted for tutoring others in the ways of political combat.


According to the website of the 27th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, put on by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute and held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston over the weekend, Dumanis was billed as the headliner of a breakout session entitled, "Climbing the Career Ladder."

Queering Congress

Wed, Nov 30th 2011, 15:04

When California teacher Mark Takano ran for Congress 15 years ago, he lost to Republican challenger Ken Calvert by a scant 519 votes. Two years later, things looked more promising. Police had caught Calvert with a prostitute; Takano should have easily clinched a win. But just three months before the election, Ray Haynes—a Calvert supporter in the state assembly—outed Takano as gay. 


Despite the growing importance of LGBT issues on the Democratic platform—two rumored contenders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, have been fierce advocates for marriage equality—the rank of elected officials will likely change little next year. "If you were to think of this in terms of representative democracy, we are not there yet," says Denis Dison of The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports LGBT candidates at all levels of government. "We should have maybe 30 members of the House. But [the underrepresentation] is also true of people of color, of women. The LGBT community is fairly new to this mission we have undertaken. It wasn't very long ago that people would not have been able to run."

Frank retiring from Congress in 2012

Wed, Nov 30th 2011, 14:49

The longest serving openly gay member of Congress won't seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.


Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced his retirement during a press conference at Newton City Hall in Massachusetts on Monday. Had the lawmaker sought re-election, he would have been pursuing a 17th term in Congress.


The Victory Fund has endorsed the re-election bids of openly gay U.S. House members Polis and Cicilline. The organization also backs the election to Congress of non-incumbent Pocan as well as Mark Takano in California and State Rep. Marko Liias in Washington State.

Barney Frank to Retire

Wed, Nov 30th 2011, 14:42

With few regrets and a few more parting quips, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional term. 


Congressman Frank, the longest-serving openly gay member of Congress and one of four openly gay congressional members currently in office, told reporters at a news conference in Newton, Mass., that his decision not to run for reelection in 2012 was driven in part by the realities of redistricting as well as his desire to pursue writing and teaching. His announcement was met with an outpouring of gratitude by LGBT organizations who praised his gay rights legislative work and his influence on a new generation of LGBT political leaders. 


Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said, "Barney Frank's political career may be coming to an end, but his legacy will outlive us all. His decision to come out as gay more than two decades ago gave LGBT Americans an authentic voice and a persistent champion in Washington. He has used that voice loudly and often, speaking personally, humorously and effectively about the hopes and challenges of Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We will miss that voice very much."

Colorado state House Dems pick gay man to lead

Fri, Nov 18th 2011, 17:19

DENVER — Openly gay Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) is the newly elected Democratic leader in the Colorado State House, after Rep. Sal Pace stepped down to focus on a U.S. Congressional run, according to the Associated Press.


As the Victory Fund's Gay Politics Blog notes, if the chamber returns to Democratic control in 2012, Ferrandino will become the state's first openly-gay majority leader. In 2007 the Massachusetts Republican party chose gay Sen. Richard Tisei (R-Middlesex & Essex) to lead the minority party in that state's upper house. Tisei was not officially on record as being gay, however, until November 2009, though upon coming out, Tisei claims to have never been in the closet.

Out Gay Lawmaker Elected Minority Leader of Colorado House

Fri, Nov 18th 2011, 14:51

Out gay Colorado State Representative Mark Ferrandino has been elected to the position of House Minority Leader, the Victory Fund reports, adding that "he could become House Speaker if the chamber flips back to Democratic control next year."

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Va. elects first openly gay senator

Thu, Nov 17th 2011, 12:25

Democrat Adam Ebbin, a gay man who has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, won election on Tuesday to the Virginia Senate, becoming the state's first openly gay senator. 


In a separate race, gay Republican Patrick Forrest lost his bid to unseat Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights. Forrest, who had been endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, was vying to become the first openly LGBT Republican to win election to a state legislature

Harris May Be One-of-a-Kind Mayor

Wed, Nov 16th 2011, 15:00

Bruce Harris isn't a big fan of campaigning. But now he can at least enjoy the result of his efforts.


Days after beating Democratic incumbent Nelson Vaughan to become Chatham Borough's next mayor, Harris just can't stop smiling. 


Denis Dison, the vice president of communications for The Victory Fund, believes Harris is likely the first openly gay, black Republican to be elected mayor in the country.

"We could not think of another," Dison said. "There have been a few openly gay African Americans who have been elected mayors in their town, but not Republicans.

Gay Wis. lawmaker hopes to win Baldwin’s seat

Tue, Nov 15th 2011, 11:12

It'll be a tough act for Mark Pocan to follow.


The gay lawmaker in the Wisconsin State Assembly is seeking the seat being vacated at the end of this year by lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who's leaving the U.S. House to pursue a run for the U.S. Senate. 


Denis Dison, spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said Pocan has what it takes to join the ranks of the other openly gay lawmakers in Congress fighting for LGBT rights. The organization has already endorsed him.

"Mark is a vocal and respected fighter for progressive values, and that's what people can expect from him as a member of Congress," Dison said. "In the same tradition as Congresswoman Baldwin, Mark won't be shy about speaking out for what he believes in, and he'll be an effective champion for LGBT equality."

Colorado gay officials seeing more-tolerant attitudes

Tue, Nov 15th 2011, 09:16

Colorado residents want their city councils and county commissioners to solve zoning woes and code-enforcement headaches and deliver reliable trash pickup.


What they don't seem to care about is whether the people offering the solutions are gay, lesbian or transgender.


The national Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed 75 candidates in the most recent election cycle, and 53 won seats on city councils and county commissions, said the group's spokesman, Denis Dison.


In Denver, the group endorsed lesbian Robin Kniech, who won a seat on the City Council in July.

Cincy's first openly gay councilman shows change

Mon, Nov 14th 2011, 17:37

The election of Cincinnati's first openly gay councilman represents a shift for an Ohio city that for years had a charter amendment that was unfavorable to gays. 


Chris Seelbach's election last week is a milestone for the area's gays and lesbians. Seelbach had worked for the successful repeal in 2004 of an 11-year-old city charter amendment that banned local ordinances protecting gay people from discrimination. 


Having an openly gay person in public office helps other people feel that they can show who they really are and participate in government, said Denis Dison, a spokesman for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington-based group that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political candidates.


"If some gay or lesbian kid in Cincinnati walks into school with their head a little higher after this, that's the important thing," Dison said.

Chris Seelbach's victory a milestone for gays in Cincinnati

Mon, Nov 14th 2011, 09:54

The bar, Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern, was packed for the victory party for the man who'd become Cincinnati's first openly gay City Council member.


People cheered. And it seemed as if everyone on Election Night was offering to buy Chris Seelbach a drink. 


Electing the first openly gay council member, others say, means more than the fact that Cincinnati's long-held conservative reputation apparently is evolving.

It also changes the perspective at City Hall and shows other LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals that it's OK to live an authentic life, to show who you really are and still be able to participate in government, said Denis Dison, vice president of communications for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington nonprofit that promotes LGBT candidates.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Wins Reelection

Mon, Nov 14th 2011, 09:39

Houston mayor Annise D. Parker has won reelection despite low approval ratings and antigay rhetoric leveled against her by a challenger. 


Next month Parker hosts the 27th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference in Houston. “It’s a great opportunity for elected and appointed GLBT leaders from around country, and the world, to get together and share tips support each other,” she said.

More from the Victory Fund on gay election victories yesterday

Mon, Nov 14th 2011, 09:33

Washington, D.C. – Openly gay and lesbian candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund won election to municipal, judicial and state legislative offices from coast to coast Tuesday night. At least 53 of the group's 75 endorsees were victorious, with two races still undecided this morning. 


"The election of gay and lesbian candidates in places where they have never won before is a major step forward, and we could not be happier about these victories," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. "All of the openly LGBT candidates who stepped up to run for office this year are true leaders who deserve our profound thanks."

Off-Year Advances: LGBT advocacy organizations celebrate Election Day results

Mon, Nov 14th 2011, 09:22

The off-year elections, normally a slow-paced night for national coverage, featured several ballot measures – including Ohio, Mississippi and Maine – that garnered significant attention. Additionally, from Texas to Iowa to Michigan, from Arizona to Ohio to Massachusetts, LGBT candidates and issues saw significant successes.

As the Victory Fund's vice president for communications, Denis Dison, told Metro Weekly late Nov. 8, ''It's been a very, very good night for LGBT candidates. Right now it looks like more than two thirds of Victory Fund-endorsed candidates will win, and LGBT candidates have made significant breakthroughs in cities and towns across the country, including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Houston and Charlotte.''

Gay Republican accuses Dem of gay-baiting in Va.

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 17:05

A gay Republican running for state Senate in Virginia is accusing his Democratic incumbent opponent of engaging in gay-baiting tactics, an assertion supported by an audio recording obtained by the Washington Blade of inflammatory remarks made by a Democratic volunteer. 


Denis Dison, a Victory Fund spokesperson, said the alleged gay-baiting "has no place in politics" and came to the defense of his organization's endorsed candidate.

Senate confirms lesbian to federal judiciary

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 16:58

The U.S. Senate confirmed on Thursday an out judicial nominee to become the second-ever open lesbian to sit on the federal bench.

Senators confirmed Alison Nathan, whom President Obama nominated in March for a seat on the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, by a vote of 48-44. 


Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, called the Nathan confirmation "another step toward America's leadership class reflecting the country it serves."

Longtime gay activist Frank Kameny dies

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 16:53

Expressions of condolences from LGBT activists and their straight supporters poured in from across the country this week following the death in Washington on Tuesday of Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders.


Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said Kameny’s death marked the “loss of a hero and a founding father of the fight to end discrimination against LGBT people.”

San Diego considers an openly gay GOP mayor

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 15:18

SAN DIEGO - Two leading Republican contenders for mayor of America's eighth-largest city are openly gay, and voters have barely noticed. It doesn't come up at campaign appearances or in local news coverage. 


A nationwide Gallup poll in June showed 67 percent of voters surveyed would elect a gay president, up 12 percentage points from four years ago. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund says the number of openly gay officeholders nationwide doubled in the last four years to about 500. They include Annise Parker, a Democrat who was elected mayor of Houston in 2009.

White House Names Gautam Raghavan to LGBT Liaison Role

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 15:13

Today, the White House made formal what Metro Weekly first reported on Sept. 23: Gautam Raghavan, the former deputy White House liaison at the Department of Defense, is the new LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement.


The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to support out LGBT candidates and appointees, celebrated the news -- while pushing for more action on presidential appointments. Victory Fund vice president of communications Denis Dison told

Chuck Wolfe: Why Tammy Baldwin Will Win

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 15:07

Can Tammy Baldwin, a proud progressive, become the next U.S. senator from Wisconsin and make history as America's first openly LGBT senator? Not only can she, but I expect she will.

It won't be easy. This could be one of the hardest-fought Senate contests in the country, and recent polls show the race to be a "sheer toss up," according to Public Policy Polling. But Tammy's ready for that fight, and she has some built-in advantages that will make her more competitive than some conservatives seem to understand...

The Other L Word: Can Tammy Baldwin Win in Wisconsin?

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 15:02

In 1998, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Congress as a non-incumbent, winning a seat representing liberal Madison, Wisc., in the House of Representatives. Now the leading candidate to become the Democratic nominee to replace retiring Senator Herb Kohl, Baldwin would become the first out U.S. Senator in American history if she wins election in November 2012. 


Should she win, Baldwin would not be the first openly LGBT candidate to win a statewide office, though none have won top political jobs and none have won statewide seats in the Midwest. According to Denis Dison of The Victory Fund, an LGBT version of Emily's List, six people have won posts that required victory outside of gay enclaves or liberal districts -- and all in states at the country's edges. Kevin Lembo is Connecticut's current state comptroller; Ed Flanagan was Vermont's state auditor. Oregon now has three elected-while-out officials, with Kate Brown as current secretary of state, and Virginia Linder and Rives Kistler now on the Oregon Supreme Court. Meanwhile, in Hawaii, transgendered Kim Coco Iwamoto won a statewide election to be Commisioner of Education.

Where to Put Your Political Time and Money in 2012

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 14:55

The November 2012 elections are 14 months away. But in this instant messenger era, the presidential, congressional, state and local races—not to mention the battles over the ballot initiatives—seem but a nanosecond away. And that means LGBTs need to start thinking now where they might want to put their time, money and hearts. 


Baldwin's election is a top priority for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund as well. Also endorsed by the Victory Fund are three other openly gay congressional candidates: Marko Liias, a state representative who is seeking to represent Washington's 1st Congressional District. He would replace Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, who is running for governor. Second, Mark Pocan, a Democrat who is running to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Congress. Pocan has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for more than 12 years. Last, Mark Takano, who is running to represent California's 41st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Takano, a Democrat, is a longtime elected member of the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees.

Path clearer for Baldwin to claim Democratic banner

Tue, Nov 8th 2011, 14:51

The path is more clear for Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to claim the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin now that a potential opponent has said he won't seek the office. 

Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), an eight-term House member, said Thursday in a statement to Politica that he won’t pursue the seat that retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) is vacating next year.


Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said in a statement Kind's decision was welcome news. His organization has endorsed Baldwin upon her announcement last week.

Calif. Gov Signs Equal Benefits Law

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 17:44

California governor Jerry Brown today signed into law a bill requiring businesses that have large contracts with the state to provide equal spousal benefits for all employees, gay and straight.

Victory Fund's Robin Brand on LGBT politics

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 17:36

As 2012 presidential candidates take to the road, The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund will be rolling into Chicago Thursday, Sept. 8, to discuss LGBT politics and strategy. Windy City Times caught up with Deputy Executive Director Robin Brand to talk about what issues are at stake in upcoming elections, the changing face of LGBT politics and the Republican role in recent wins for gay rights.

Apple CEO urged to come out as gay

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 16:50

LGBT advocates are urging the new head of Apple, Inc., to make his sexual orientation public amid media reports asserting that he's gay.

Tim Cook last week became CEO of the $337 billion company — which weeks ago overtook Exxon-Mobile Corp. to become the world's most valuable business — after former CEO Steve Jobs resigned from his position. 


Denis Dison, spokesperson for the Gay & Victory Fund, said a public declaration from Cook about his sexual orientation would have a positive impact on the larger LGBT community because it would encourage his straight colleagues and others to pay attention to LGBT issues.

Creep of the Week: Sally Kern

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 16:36

Haters gon' hate, am I right?

And according to Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, the most hateful thing you can say to a gay person is that they're okay the way they are.


"Adulterers Victory Fund" is her swipe at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group she's not an especially big fan of ever since they exposed her "gays are worse than terrorism" comments.

Chuck Wolfe: Time to Fight for America’s first LGBT senator

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 16:28

The United States Senate has been called both the world's greatest deliberative body and the world's most exclusive club, but it looks nothing like the country it represents. That's one reason so many people are encouraging Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to seize the rare opportunity to run for an open Senate seat, and that's why our community should fight like hell to help her win. 


Tammy is the first woman from Wisconsin ever elected to Congress, and its only openly lesbian member. In 1998, the Victory Fund helped her become the first openly LGBT candidate to win a seat in the U.S. House as a non-incumbent. She stood out in that election because of her honesty, something that continues to shape her approach to the tough votes she takes as U.S. Representative.

Eyeing a Senate Seat, Baldwin Campaigns in Recall Election

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 16:20

With a much-anticipated Wisconsin recall election set for Tuesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is considering a U.S. Senate run in 2012 and has posted impressive fund-raising numbers to back those likely aspirations, has been highly active in a final push for Democratic candidates. 


In July, Baldwin reported raising $502,000 during the second quarter, and she has $1.1 million in cash on hand. She raised $435,000 in June alone, though the showdown over Kohl's seat could ultimately cost in the region of $10 million to $20 million. "She's in a great place right now for the market that she's in," said Denis Dison, vice president of communications for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. "That said, it's an open seat. The Republicans are going to be going after it with guns blazing. Baldwin is going to be looking under every cushion for spare change, and the LGBT community is going to be an important part of her fund-raising plan."

Transgender woman running for Houston council

Mon, Nov 7th 2011, 15:56

Jenifer Rene Pool is running for an at-large position on the Houston city council. Sue Lovell, who reached her term limit, is vacating the seat. Before Lovell joined the council, Mayor Annise Parker also served on the council at large.


Pool said she is fashioning her campaign after Parker's and using what she learned at Victory Fund candidate training.

White House close to naming new LGBT liaison

Fri, Nov 4th 2011, 16:46

The White House is close to naming its new LGBT liaison and has already designated an official within the Obama administration for the role, the Washington Blade has learned.

A number of individuals within the administration who identify as LGBT could be candidates for the position. According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, more than 200 LGBT people have been appointed to serve in the Obama administration, and more than 25 of those were nominated for Senate-confirmable positions.

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