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.

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