Victory Fund endorses three non-incumbent gay candidates for U.S. House

Wed, Jul 21st 2010, 16:04

Victory Fund has endorsed three non-incumbent gay candidates running for U.S. Representative this year:  Providence mayor David Cicilline, North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin, and Palm Springs mayor Steve Pougnet.

Gov. Lingle's veto stings Hawaii's LGBT community

Thu, Jul 8th 2010, 13:45

In response to Gov. Linda Lingle's veto of a sweeping civil unions bill passed by the Hawaii legislature, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is asking for $10 to support the legislator who spearheaded the bill - openly gay State Rep. Blake Oshiro.

Out candidates prevail in LGBT "Super Tuesday" elections

Wed, Jun 9th 2010, 15:28

Openly LGBT candidates won races literally from coast to coast on Tuesday, with key wins in California, Montana and Maine.  17 of the Victory Fund’s 21 endorsed candidates won their races or advanced to general elections.

Pougnet: It doesn't have to be this way

Thu, Jun 3rd 2010, 14:13

In a letter to Victory Fund supporters, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet addresses Rep. Mary Bono Mack's vote against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and why electing LGBT leaders is crucial in the fight for equality.

Harvey Milk: From Bullhorn to Bully Pulpit

Wed, May 19th 2010, 17:19

"A fitting lesson this Harvey Milk Day: If we are going to win the freedoms we deserve as Americans, we must use both the bullhorn and the bully pulpit," said Victory Fund President & CEO, Chuck Wolfe, on the legacy of Harvey Milk.

Lesbian set to become Ohio's first out legislator

Wed, May 5th 2010, 11:26

On May 4, Nickie Antonio won the Democratic primary in the District 13 Ohio State House race that drew no Republican opponents for the fall.  Since then, Nickie's Independent opposition has withdrawn from the race, ensuring Antonio the seat this November.

Victory Fund hosts 10th annual Champagne Brunch

Wed, Apr 21st 2010, 13:26

Nearly 700 supporters attended Victory's annual Champagne Brunch on Sunday, including Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Congressman Barney Frank, and D.C. Councilmember David Catania.

Candidate & Campaign Training coming to Minneapolis, Minn.

Wed, Apr 14th 2010, 13:03

Dozens of openly LGBT future candidates and campaign workers will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 3-6 for a Candidate and Campaign Training sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute.  Apply today.

Candidate of the Month: Lucía Guzmán

Tue, Apr 6th 2010, 13:42

Lucía doesn't just talk about reaching across divides.  She delivers.  An ordained United Methodist minister and dedicated community activist, Lucía is hoping to bring her passion for change and progress to the Colorado State Senate.

Victory Fund pays tribute to out women in politics

Wed, Mar 31st 2010, 11:50

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund salutes the women leading the fight for LGBT equality.  Watch the video, share it with your friends, and help us celebrate Women's History Month./files/womens_redirector.html

First same-sex couples married in Washington D.C.

Tue, Mar 9th 2010, 13:32

History was made Tuesday as same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in the nation's capital.  Openly gay D.C. City Council member David Catania, who was instrumental in enacting the new marriage law, will be honored for his efforts at the Victory Fund’s annual Champagne Brunch this April.

Candidate of the Month: Terry Crow

Tue, Feb 16th 2010, 10:40

Terry Crow is running for mayor of University City.  If elected, he would become Missouri's only openly gay mayor.

Our missing voice in the Senate

Thu, Feb 4th 2010, 16:19

Victory Fund president and CEO, Chuck Wolfe, asks if Sen. McCain's support of DADT would waver if he had to face an openly LGBT colleague in the United States Senate.

Candidate & Campaign Training coming to Florida

Wed, Jan 20th 2010, 18:22

Dozens of openly LGBT future candidates and campaign workers will gather in Ft. Lauderdale February 25 to 28 for a Candidate and Campaign Training sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute.

Victory Fund kicks off 2010 with 36 endorsements

Wed, Jan 13th 2010, 15:35

Just two weeks into the new year, the Victory Fund announced today it has already endorsed 36 openly LGBT candidates for 2010 races, with dozens more to come before November.

Parker becomes mayor of 4th largest U.S. city

Tue, Jan 5th 2010, 18:42

Houston Mayor Annise Parker spoke directly to the LGBT community during her inaugural address before thousands at a downtown performing arts center this morning. "Do not fear to dream big dreams.  Bring your whole self to everything you do.  Face the world with dignity and integrity.  I promise you, the pain is worth the reward." said Parker.

Marriage equality comes to nation's capital

Sun, Dec 20th 2009, 15:45

On December 18, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signed into law the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. Sponsored by openly gay city council member David Catania, the bill legalizes marriage for same-sex couples in the nation’s capital.

Victory in Birmingham

Fri, Oct 30th 2009, 13:41

Out Birmingham Board of Education member Howard Bayless has helped pass an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy.

Milk, King honored at White House

Wed, Aug 12th 2009, 15:26

Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Wednesday.  “Our heroes are now America’s heroes,” said Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe.

Candidate of the Month: Steve Kornell

Tue, Jul 21st 2009, 12:29

If Steve wins his victory will be seen as another step towards equality in a state that seriously lags behind its peers. But it will also mean St. Petersburg will benefit from a dedicated, committed and caring local leader who happens to be gay. That will be another powerful signal to state leaders that fairness matters to Florida's voters.

Study: Gay lawmakers influential beyond their numbers

Mon, Jul 13th 2009, 16:15

Even though openly LGBT elected officials are vastly outnumbered by straight colleagues, their presence in legislative bodies leads to the adoption of more pro-equality laws, according to new research.

Candidate of the Month: Charles Pugh

Tue, Jun 9th 2009, 15:07

Detroit has never had an openly LGBT city councilmember, but that could change if Charles Pugh is victorious.  The well-known former TV anchor says he’s ready to help rebuild his city.

Victory in New Hampshire!

Wed, Jun 3rd 2009, 16:24

The Victory Fund applauds New Hampshire’s out lawmakers and all who helped achieve marriage equality.

Would Harvey Milk be proud of us?

Fri, May 22nd 2009, 07:06

May 22nd would have been Harvey Milk’s 79th birthday.  Would he be proud of our progress today?  The Victory Fund’s Chuck Wolfe says yes and no.

Candidate of the Month: Annise Parker

Tue, May 19th 2009, 15:16

Houston City Controller Annise Parker is running for mayor. Learn about how you can be part of her historic campaign.

Lorber stays optimistic on VT marriage despite veto threat

Mon, Mar 30th 2009, 15:53

Out Vermont state Rep. Jason Lorber, a former Victory Fund endorsee, expressed cautious optimism about the prospect of passing marriage equality legislation in the state, despite Gov. Jim Douglas' veto threat.

Lowe celebrates Gainesville, Fla. voters' affirmation of gay rights

Thu, Mar 26th 2009, 09:39

Openly gay Gainesville, Fla. City Commissioner Craig Lowe praised local voters' decision to reject a repeal of an anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT individuals.

Obama appoints lesbian as chief judge of high court

Tue, Mar 24th 2009, 09:47

President Barack Obama has appointed openly lesbian attorney Emily C. Hewitt as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the court that hears monetary claims against the government.

Quinn asks Obama to support gay rights

Thu, Mar 19th 2009, 15:43

New York City Speaker Christine Quinn, a current Victory Fund endorsee, asked President Barack Obama to support gay rights during her recent visit to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day.

Poll: Repeal of DoMA most important priority for Obama administration

Mon, Mar 16th 2009, 11:26

A Gay & Lesbian SmartBrief poll indicated that the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act topped the list subscribers' legislative priorities for the Obama administration. Sign up for the brief here.

Out legislator Madaleno introduces marriage bill in Maryland

Mon, Mar 16th 2009, 10:58

Openly gay Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. introduced legislation that would give same-sex couples the right to marry, but would not force clergy to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religions.

Gay Washington state legislators celebrate two victories

Wed, Mar 11th 2009, 15:57

Out state legislators in Washington are celebrating the State Senate’s passage of two LGBT rights bills.

Anthony Niedwiecki wins in Oakland Park, Fla.

Wed, Mar 11th 2009, 08:57

Law professor and LGBT rights activist Anthony Niedwiecki, a Victory endorsee, won his election for Oakland Park, Fla. City Commission, beating his opponent by a margin of 66-34.

Frank Ferri defends marriage equality in Rhode Island

Fri, Feb 27th 2009, 16:02

During a Feb. 26 hearing, the out state representative said: "Many of you think that supporting marriage equality would be detrimental to your elections. I pose this question to you: how is it that I was elected?"

Victory Fund congratulates Oscar winners Penn, Black

Mon, Feb 23rd 2009, 08:17

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, issued the following statement regarding the Academy Awards:

Newark, Delaware city councilman comes out

Thu, Feb 12th 2009, 12:00

Newark, Del. City Councilman Ezra Temko publicly came out as bisexual in an an interview with the Newark Post today. He spoke to the paper about his relationship with his boyfriend Drew.

Obama names Davie to faith-based partnership council

Mon, Feb 9th 2009, 16:36

Fred Davie, the openly gay president of Public/Private Ventures, has been named to serve on President Barack Obama’s Policy Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Baldwin asks Clinton to fix inequities for gay State Department employees

Tue, Feb 3rd 2009, 10:12

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldin has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to improve the treatment of same sex partners in the State Department.

Sixteen openly gay individuals earn presidential appointments

Mon, Jan 26th 2009, 14:36

President Barack Obama's openly gay appointees include John Berry, director-designate of the Office of Personnel Management, and Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Victory Fund endorses 10 out candidates for 2009

Wed, Jan 21st 2009, 15:50

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has already endorsed 10 candidates whose elections take place in 2009, including Lynn Schulman, Henry Lo and Coleman Prewitt. Click through to learn more.

Berry, Bond secure positions in Obama administration

Wed, Jan 14th 2009, 16:32

Two openly gay men, John Berry and Brian Bond, have secured high-profile spots in the Obama administration. Berry is expected to head the Office of Personnel Management while Bond will serve in the White House Office of the Public Liaison.

Polis becomes third openly gay member of Congress

Tue, Jan 6th 2009, 09:16

As the 111th Congress was sworn in on Jan. 6, Victory Fund endorsee Jared Polis became the body's third openly gay member. Polis, who will represent Colorado's second House district, will join Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin.

Zipprich sworn in to Red Bank Borough Council

Mon, Jan 5th 2009, 09:49

Ed Zipprich was sworn in to his first term on the Red Bank, N.J. Borough Council.

Sam Adams becomes Portland mayor

Wed, Dec 31st 2008, 13:14

As Portland, Oregon residents welcome the New Year, they also welcome a new mayor. Sam Adams' new administration begins Jan. 1, making him the first openly gay mayor of a top 30 U.S. city.

Baldwin listed among honorary inaugural co-chairs

Mon, Dec 29th 2008, 14:46

Openly lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin is one of the honorary co-chairs of the 2008 presidential inauguration, according to a list released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Frank speaks at record-breaking conference

Sat, Dec 6th 2008, 14:58

"The growth of this organization has been a wonderful thing," Barney Frank said at the largest-ever GLLI International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, which welcomed more than 600 participants.

LGBT leaders to address Leadership Conference

Tue, Dec 2nd 2008, 10:51

Speakers at the 24th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference include Oregon Secretary of State-elect Kate Brown, Nepali member of Parliament Sunil Babu Pant and Rep. Tammy Baldwin. The conference takes place in Washington, D.C.

Wolfe: Stand up for Harvey Milk in your city

Mon, Dec 1st 2008, 16:20

Victory Fund President Chuck Wolfe encourages everyone who considers Harvey Milk a national hero to put their name on this interactive map.

Top LGBT officials prepare to meet in Washington

Wed, Nov 19th 2008, 15:52

Between Dec. 4-7, LGBT leaders from across the globe will meet in Washington for the 2008 International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference. Click here to learn more.

Track Victory's endorsed candidates nationwide

Tue, Nov 4th 2008, 10:31

After months of vigorous campaigning, eighty-nine Victory Fund endorsees leave their fates in the voters' hands. To follow Victory's election coverage, visit our blog,

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