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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/07/16/out-candidates-could-double-lgbt-representation-in-congress/
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.http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5208/p/salsa/web/tellafriend/public/?tell_a_friend_KEY=3074
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/06/09/out-candidates-win-from-california-to-maine/
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.http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5208/p/salsa/web/tellafriend/public/?tell_a_friend_KEY=3078
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.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-wolfe/harvey-milk-from-bullhorn_b_581632.html
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 Since then, Nickie's Independent opposition has withdrawn from the race, ensuring Antonio the seat this November.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/05/14/opponent-quits-antonio-will-be-ohios-first-out-state-legislator/
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. http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/04/19/frank-were-going-to-keep-fighting-until-its-over/
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.http://www.glli.org/about_us/events/id:57
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.http://www.victoryfund.org/slate/view/id:88
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
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/03/09/same-sex-couples-to-marry-in-d-c-today/
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.http://www.victoryfund.org/slate/view/id:83
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.http://www.bilerico.com/2010/02/our_missing_voice_in_the_senate.php
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/01/20/lgb-or-t-learn-how-to-run-for-office-and-win/
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/01/13/victory-fund-announces-36-endorsements/
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2010/01/04/annise-parker-urges-lgbt-community-to-dream-big/
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/12/18/d-c-mayor-signs-marriage-equality-bill/
Fri, Oct 30th 2009, 13:41
Out Birmingham Board of Education member Howard Bayless has helped pass an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/10/30/breaking-birmingham-school-board-enacts-lgbt-inclusive-anti-bullying-policies/
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/08/12/milk-king-honored-with-medal-of-freedom/
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.http://www.victoryfund.org/endorsed_candidates/profile/candidate:267
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/07/13/study-gay-lawmakers-influential-beyond-their-numbers/
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.http://www.victoryfund.org/endorsed_candidates/profile/candidate:264
Wed, Jun 3rd 2009, 16:24
The Victory Fund applauds New Hampshire’s out lawmakers and all who helped achieve marriage equality.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/06/03/marriage-victory-in-new-hampshire/
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/05/22/on-harvey-milk-day-2009-would-he-be-proud-of-us/
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.http://www.victoryfund.org/endorsed_candidates/profile/candidate:221
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, Mar 11th 2009, 15:57
Out state legislators in Washington are celebrating the State Senate’s passage of two LGBT rights bills.
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.
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?"
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:
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/02/12/newark-delaware-city-councilman-comes-out-as-bisexual/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon, Jan 5th 2009, 09:49
Ed Zipprich was sworn in to his first term on the Red Bank, N.J. Borough Council.
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.
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.
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.http://www.gaypolitics.com/?p=1106
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.
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.
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.
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, GayPolitics.com. http://www.gaypolitics.com
Wed, Sep 17th 2008, 09:55
After being forced to run for re-election on a sticker campaign, Massachusetts Rep. Carl Sciortino won his Democratic primary last night by a wide margin. Sciortino defeated Somerville Alderman Bob Trane.
Mon, Sep 8th 2008, 10:09
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined state Senate candidate Sara Orozco for an event at the Wellesley College Club last week. U.S. Congressman Barney Frank also attended.
Tue, Aug 12th 2008, 11:27
Legislation, authored by openly gay assembly member Mark Leno, will recognize May 22 as Harvey Milk Day. The bill now goes to the governor's desk for final approval.
Tue, Aug 12th 2008, 09:02
Incumbent city commissioner Dennis Barbour edged out his opponent to keep his seat. Now, he says, it's time to "get back to doing the people’s business."
Wed, Aug 6th 2008, 09:35
Michael Colona has won his competitive primary for the Missouri House of Representatives. He faces no opposition in the general election.
Fri, Jul 11th 2008, 16:21
Magazine endorses Victory endorsee amid an extremely competitive race, saying he "won our confidence through personality, devotion to helping others, smarts and savvy that has us believing he’ll make an impact in Washington."
Fri, Jul 11th 2008, 14:52
In anticipation of her Aug. 5 election, Victory endorsee Inga Taylor has been campaigning hard to win a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Her election would take Kansas off the list of states with no gay representation in the legislature.
Tue, Jun 24th 2008, 08:32
Florida House candidate and Victory endorsee Mark LaFontaine received the unanimous endorsement of the Florida AFL-CIO for District 92. The Florida AFL-CIO represents 500,000 workers, retirees and their families.
Tue, Jun 17th 2008, 16:22
The Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval today to a domestic partner registry. Openly gay city council member and former Victory Fund endorsee Bruce Kraus wrote the legislation.
Thu, Jun 12th 2008, 09:13
Howard Bayless, chair of the finance committee, said it's the board's duty to constituents to pursue the lowest-cost, highest-quality legal services for the system.
Wed, Jun 11th 2008, 10:27
Larry Bliss won his Democratic primary by a wide margin on Tuesday. Bliss, who seeks a seat in the Maine State Senate, will advance to a general election where he is heavily favored.
Thu, Jun 5th 2008, 12:31
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill outlawing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people when seeking housing. Openly lesbian state Rep. Jennifer Veiga introduced the bill.
Thu, Jun 5th 2008, 12:24
Express Gay News reports on the Victory Fund's endorsement of Mark LaFontaine.
Tue, May 20th 2008, 17:09
Victory-endorsed candidates Sam Adams and Kate Brown face potentially decisive primaries this evening as voters turn in their ballots. Adams hopes to become the next mayor of Portland while Brown seeks the office of Secretary of State.
Wed, May 14th 2008, 08:22
Both of Solano's daily newspapers have enthusiastically endorsed Cabaldon's candidacy.
Mon, May 12th 2008, 08:28
Victory Fund-endorsed candidate Randi Shade won a seat on the Austin City Council on Saturday, soundly defeating incumbent Jennifer Kim. She will be the city's first openly gay councilmember.
Wed, May 7th 2008, 08:40
In his first bid for elected office, Lawrence Webb won a seat on the Falls Church City Council by a margin of 39 votes. The Victory Fund's political staff launched an intense get-out-the-vote effort to secure the win.
Fri, May 2nd 2008, 14:02
California Community Colleges Vice Chancellor Dr. Tod Burnett and Los Angeles Community College Board Trustee Georgia Mercer have endorsed 40th District State Assembly Candidate Laurette Healey.
Fri, May 2nd 2008, 09:56
New publication reveals that nearly 90 percent of the Victory Fund's budget goes directly to training and support of LGBT candidates. Read the entire report online here.
Tue, Apr 29th 2008, 14:24
Portland City Commissioner and mayoral candidate Sam Adams has nearly reached the 50 percent mark according to a recent poll. If Adams pulls in more than half of the vote in his primary, he will not face a general election.
Mon, Apr 28th 2008, 09:58
The newspaper backs Shade over incumbent Jennifer Kim, stating that Shade "has experience running a business, impressive credentials and readiness to tackle the tough challenges facing Austin."
Wed, Apr 23rd 2008, 10:26
Lee defeated his Democratic primary opponent by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. If he wins the competitive general election, he would become the state's only openly gay legislator.
Tue, Apr 22nd 2008, 08:44
Four influential unions representing thousands of nurses, heath care workers and teachers in Sonoma County have endorsed Maddy Hirshfield in the race for 5th District Supervisor.
Mon, Apr 21st 2008, 14:00
Salem newspaper writes: Her nine years as Senate majority leader gave her experience in working with colleagues, other elected officials and everyday Oregonians.
Fri, Apr 18th 2008, 15:40
April's candidate of the month, Lawrence Webb, hopes to become Falls Church, Va.'s next city councilmember. Having already picked up key endorsements, he would be the state's first gay African American to hold public office.
Mon, Apr 14th 2008, 11:05
State Representatives including Jeanette Mott-Oxford came forward Thursday, saying fellow Representative Jane Cunningham discriminated against students during a recent lobbying day because of how they looked, and possibly their sexual orientation.http://www.krcg.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=119806
Mon, Apr 14th 2008, 11:03
The office of Jeanette Mott Oxford (D-St. Louis) put out a press release Thursday claiming State Rep. Jane Cunningham refused to meet with students Desiree Bain and Austyn Langston of Jackson County because “she found their appearance very difficult to look at.”http://www.pubdef.net/2008/04/11/did-cunningham-snub-anti-bullying-teens/
Fri, Apr 11th 2008, 14:22
An independent poll conducted last week showed Greg Pettis in a commanding position to win the Democratic primary in California's 80th Assembly District.
Wed, Apr 9th 2008, 08:03
Rosemary Lehmberg defeated Mindy Montford last night, earning 65 percent of the vote in the runoff election for Travis County district attorney. With no Republican challenger, Lehmberg will be the presumptive winner of the general election.
Fri, Apr 4th 2008, 09:47
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has made headlines in Arizona through her LGBT advocacy, helping to effectively kill a state ban on marriage equality as well as launching a petition drive to make anti-gay discrimination illegal.
Fri, Apr 4th 2008, 09:34
Victory candidate Laurette Healey has been endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles in her bid for California State Assembly.
Wed, Apr 2nd 2008, 08:08
Victory endorsee Rosemary Lehmberg received the endorsement of the Austin American-Statesman. The paper said the Lehmberg, whose runoff election is April 8, has experience her competition can't match.
Mon, Mar 31st 2008, 14:51
The current mayor of West Sacramento won the support of the state Democratic Club in his bid for California state Assembly.
Thu, Mar 20th 2008, 13:19
"She understands what’s at stake and has always done what’s right. She will be an excellent supervisor,” the former state senator said.
Wed, Mar 12th 2008, 14:49
Since Friday, the remarks made by Rep. Kern have spread far and wide. Margaret Cho and Ellen DeGeneres have condemned her speech and the original YouTube clip has surpassed 700,000 views.
Tue, Mar 11th 2008, 14:18
From Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe: The point is this: your words have consequences. Ask Judy Shepherd -- her son, Matthew, was viciously murdered ten years ago by people who think like you.
Tue, Mar 11th 2008, 11:29
Cathedral City Councilmember Greg Pettis scored the endorsement of local and national progressive leaders last week, picking up the support of Progressive Majority, the Palm Springs Democratic Club and the San Diego/Imperial County Central Labor Council.
Mon, Mar 10th 2008, 09:59
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is the seventh most powerful member of the House of Representatives, according to a report released this week. Fellow Bay State Democrats Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry were ranked second and 12th in the Senate, respectively.
Sun, Mar 9th 2008, 13:29
Last week, the Victory Fund released an audio recording of an Oklahoma state legislator speaking at a public meeting. She proceeded to make some jaw-dropping assertions about the LGBT community.
Wed, Mar 5th 2008, 16:24
“There has been a profound shift in public understanding. It’s important for us to do as much as we can to protect our families,” said Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen.
Wed, Mar 5th 2008, 16:08
Lupe Valdez, Rosemary Lehmberg, Andres Pereira and Steve Kirkland will all move on to runoff or general elections. Valdez defeated three opponents, winning more than 50 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff.
Tue, Mar 4th 2008, 09:22
"She has risen to the position of first assistant precisely because of her leadership qualities, her judgment and her ability to set that crucial tone of respectfulness that brings people together," he said.
Mon, Feb 25th 2008, 16:29
The National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute announced the establishment of the Bayard Rustin Award, honoring contributions to the field of political science on the topic of LGBT African-Americans in electoral politics.
Wed, Feb 20th 2008, 12:12
Patrick Flaherty, candidate for Milwakee's Common Council, emerged as the top vote-getter in his primary election last night. He will go up against the second-place finisher in the general election on April 1.
Tue, Feb 19th 2008, 14:46
Connecticut State Rep. Jason Bartlett publicly came out today during a meeting with The News-Times. The announcement makes Bartlett the state’s first and only openly LGBT African American state legislator.
Tue, Feb 19th 2008, 09:25
Out official and Victory endorsee Christine Kaufmann wants Republican congressman to apologize for an anti-gay gag.
Fri, Feb 15th 2008, 09:20
"I want every New Yorker to hear me when I say: We are ready."
Thu, Feb 7th 2008, 08:43
End of the year campaign finance filings with the Secretary of State show that Cathedral City City Councilmember Greg Pettis (D) has raised more money than any of the four other Democratic candidates in the 80th Assembly District.
Thu, Feb 7th 2008, 08:30
The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs has endorsed former Deputy State Controller Laurette Healey in the race for the 40th Assembly District.
Tue, Feb 5th 2008, 09:52
Gay rights activist Patrick Flaherty holds a commanding lead in fundraising for Milwaukee's 3rd Aldermanic District race, campaign finance reports show.