Wed, Mar 21st 2007, 13:25
On March 15th, Victory held a "Winning Women" reception, showcasing local lesbian politicians and the important impact they have made as active lawmakers.
Wed, Mar 21st 2007, 17:44
Utah State Senator Scott McCoy is speaking out against a recently-passed law that would effectively eliminate gay-straight alliance clubs in Utah's school system.
Thu, Mar 22nd 2007, 11:50
Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley is off and running in what could be an historic quest. If elected, the Victory endorsee could become the first openly gay mayor of one of the ten largest U.S. cities.
Fri, Mar 30th 2007, 09:05
Rep. Kathy Webb, a Victory-endorsed candidate in 2006, has been instrumental in stopping a bill that would have banned adoption by gay couples in Arkansas. Webb, the state's first openly gay elected official, lobbied her colleagues on the State House Judicicary Committee to kill the measure, and many groups involved in the fight say her mere presence on the committee and in the House went a long way to stopping the vicously anti-gay measure.
Mon, Apr 2nd 2007, 14:57
Ray Buckley has become the nation’s first openly gay chair of a state political party after New Hampshire Democrats elected him to lead their party.
Mon, Apr 2nd 2007, 15:18
Victory endorsee Darrell Watson has picked up broad support in his race to represent District 8 on the Denver City Council.
Wed, Apr 4th 2007, 07:40
A bill that would permit legal adoptions by same-sex couples has been approved by a key Senate Committee in Colorado. Out state Sen. Jennifer Veiga said the measure would allow second-parent adoption by gay couples, which is already legal in 21 other states.
Wed, Apr 4th 2007, 07:51
In part four of an interview on the financial cable channel CNBC, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank discusses coming out in office, the mistakes he made then, and how being open about his sexuality has made him a more effective legislator.
Fri, Apr 6th 2007, 09:57
Wed, Apr 11th 2007, 12:17
Today the Washington State Legislature passed a bill creating domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The legislation, which was sponsored by Victory endorsee Sen. Ed Murray, marks "a really important first step in providing some first protections for same-sex couples and their families," according to Rep. Jamie Pedersen, another Victory-endorsed official.
Wed, Apr 11th 2007, 13:02
Tue, Apr 17th 2007, 15:41
Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley , who could become the first openly gay mayor of one of the largest U.S. cities, is among the race's front runners.
Tue, Apr 17th 2007, 17:29
Oregon Rep. Tina Kotek, the legislature’s only openly gay member, testified alongside her partner yesterday as the State House took up a Senate-passed measure that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Tue, Apr 17th 2007, 17:30
Oregon state Rep. Tina Kotek hailed the Tuesday passage of domestic partnership and gay-inclusive civil rights bills in the State House. "The world will be different," Kotek said. "This is about bringing people in, not shutting them out."
Tue, Apr 17th 2007, 17:59
Whose film about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the U.S., will make it to production first? Directors Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer are both out to make a movie about the San Francisco supervisor who was murdered while in office.
Thu, Apr 19th 2007, 09:14
Bay Windows credits openly lesbian Rep. Beth Bye's testimony for helping to personalize the marriage debate in the Connecticut state legislature this week.
Thu, Apr 19th 2007, 10:30
Thu, Apr 19th 2007, 15:01
Openly LGBT lawmakers worked hard to pass a bill establishing civil unions in the state.
Fri, Apr 20th 2007, 09:14
Dan Anders, who was endorsed by the Victory Fund in his race to become a judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, has been nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell to fill a separate vacancy on that court.
Tue, Apr 24th 2007, 11:09
Utah State Sen. Scott McCoy holds up his official license plate during a speech delivered at the Victory Fund’s 7th Annual Champagne Brunch held last weekend.
Wed, Apr 25th 2007, 14:11
Elena Guajardo has received support from a wide cross section
organization. Groups endorsing Elena include:
- San Antonio Police Officers' Association
- San Antonio Professional Firefighters' Association
- Service Employees International Union
- Bexar County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO)
- Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
- Victory Fund
- Sierra Club
She has also received awards for:
Thu, Apr 26th 2007, 09:21
The Iowa legislature has approved a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination laws. Gov. Chet Culver says he will sign the measure.
Thu, Apr 26th 2007, 13:42
New Hampshire State Rep. Ed Butler is featured in a Washington Post article about the state's new civil unions law. All New England states now legally recognize same-sex couples.
Fri, Apr 27th 2007, 10:45
Fri, Apr 27th 2007, 13:54
Victory-endorsed candidate Joseph Hernandez (far right) has received the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News in his race to represent District 3 on the Dallas City Council.
Mon, Apr 30th 2007, 12:47
Tue, May 1st 2007, 10:04
Syndicated columnist Deb Price credits openly LGBT legislators with a recent flood of good news for the gay community coming out of state legislatures. Read her column in the Detroit News.
Tue, May 1st 2007, 11:00
Openly lesbian State Sen. Jennifer Veiga has been pushing for the statewide non-discrimination bill for a decade.
Thu, May 3rd 2007, 08:34
Victory endorsee Bruce Kraus, who would become the city’s first openly gay elected official, was endorsed today by Pittsburgh’s largest daily paper.
Thu, May 3rd 2007, 14:50
The state's two openly LGBT legislators celebrate passage of marriage-like rights for same sex couples.
Fri, May 4th 2007, 14:00
State Sen. Jennifer Veiga has prevailed in her decade-long quest to pass a bill protecting gays and lesbians from employment discrimination.
Thu, May 10th 2007, 09:42
Oregon’s two LGBT legislators, Rep. Tina Kotek and Sen. Kate Brown, pictured here to the right of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, at the signing of two new pro-equality laws. Terry Bean, one of the founders of the Victory Fund, is pictured to the left of the governor.
Sun, May 13th 2007, 08:28
Councilman Ed Oakley is a step closer to becoming the nation's first openly gay mayor of one of the largest U.S. cities after Saturday's election in Dallas.
Mon, May 14th 2007, 08:39
Mon, May 14th 2007, 15:46
Mon, May 14th 2007, 15:52
Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth, who was twice endorsed by the Victory Fund, has been appointed to the state's Corporation Commission.
Senator criticizes her colleagues: Justus cites lack of action on increasing child-care subsidies during the sessionTue, May 15th 2007, 17:38
In an emotional speech last week, Sen. Jolie Justus lashed out at lawmakers for lavishing tax credits on businesses this year but failing to increase child-care subsidies.http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/106017.html
Wed, May 16th 2007, 08:36
Bruce Kraus will become the first openly gay elected official in the city of Pittsburgh after winning the Democratic primary to represent District 3 on the city council.
Fri, May 18th 2007, 14:25
Tue, May 22nd 2007, 10:07
Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth was recently appointed to the prestigious Oklahoma Corporation Commission by Governor Brad Henry. This appointment is one of the most significant political appointments achieved by a member of the LGBT community anywhere in the United States.http://www.davidmixner.com/2007/05/oklahoma_jim_ro.html
Tue, May 22nd 2007, 10:52
Dallas police groups say Oakley is “committed to public safety,” and is their choice for mayor.
Thu, May 24th 2007, 11:27
Domestic partner legislation passes in Minnesota. Read more here: http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?a=292562&z=2
Fri, May 25th 2007, 10:18
Openly gay political candidates and elected officials are making noticeable strides — and in some cases making history — around the country in high-profile races. http://www.washblade.com/2007/5-25/news/national/10649.cfm
Tue, May 29th 2007, 15:58
Jeff Dion, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, has withdrawn from the race after weeks of attacks on his sexual orientation.
Wed, May 30th 2007, 16:15
If Ed Oakley is elected this June, Dallas will become the first major US city with an openly gay mayor.
Thu, May 31st 2007, 08:48
Representative Patricia Todd responds to the gay-baiting remarks by Alabama Democratic Party Chair Joe Turnham.
Thu, May 31st 2007, 09:44
Congressman Barney Frank came out publicly 20 years ago this week.http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=glbt&sc2=news&sc3=&id=20762
Thu, May 31st 2007, 09:52
Jeff Dion withdrew his candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates race amid blog attacks and smears over his sexual orientation.
Thu, May 31st 2007, 12:39
A win for Ed Oakley would make Dallas, Texas the first top-ten US city with a gay Mayor.http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=glbt&sc2=news&sc3=&id=20765
Fri, Jun 1st 2007, 09:18
One blogger questions why his "knee-jerk reaction" is to always vote for the gay guy.
Fri, Jun 1st 2007, 10:03
Although civil unions are becoming increasingly available across the United States, some same-sex couples insist that only marriage will provide equal benefits/recognition under the law.
Mon, Jun 4th 2007, 08:36
The Dallas Morning News reports that as more and more openly LGBT candidates and elected officials pepper the Dallas political landscape, sexual orientation becomes more of a non-issue.
Mon, Jun 4th 2007, 12:59
The political infrastructure of Colorado is changing as Denver and other cities elect openly LGBT leaders.
Tue, Jun 5th 2007, 10:26
Jacquielynn Floyd of the Dallas Morning News explains that Dallas is not the closed-minded, ultra-conservative city that many outsiders believe it to be.
Tue, Jun 5th 2007, 10:37
While once considered a hotbed of conservativism, Dallas is slowly moving to the middle of the political isle as more progressive voices are heard and a more diverse field of candidates become elected officials.
Tue, Jun 5th 2007, 13:18
Ed Oakley’s historic race for mayor has garnered national attention this week, but will local voters turn out for Ed?
Tue, Jun 5th 2007, 22:04
Micah Kellner won a special election June 5th to represent the 65th District in the New York State Assembly. He joins four other out legislators in the state legislature.
Read more at NY1 news .
Wed, Jun 6th 2007, 08:58
Openly bisexual Micah Kellner defeated opponent Gregory Camp in a NY Assembly special election. According to unofficial returns, Kellner received 65 percent of the votes, while Camp received 35 percent.http://www.wnbc.com/news/13450101/detail.html
Thu, Jun 7th 2007, 12:50
Mon, Jun 11th 2007, 13:41
With 64% of the vote, Micah Kellner became the first openly bisexual man elected to the New York State Assembly.http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid45793.asp
Mon, Jun 11th 2007, 13:49
goodasyou.com blogs about the anti-Ed Oakley/anti-gay automated calls being made by the Heritage Alliance PAC just days before the Dallas run-off.http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2007/06/texas_new_antig.html
Tue, Jun 12th 2007, 09:51
According to a poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News, Ed Oakley and Tom Leppert are running neck and neck in the race to become the next mayor of Dallas.
Tue, Jun 12th 2007, 12:50
Ed Oakley speaks with 365gay.com about the national attention he's received as a candidate for mayor of Dallas.http://365gay.com/lifestylechannel/family/061207family.htm
Tue, Jun 12th 2007, 12:58
Queerty discusses the impact Oakley's election would have not only in Dallas, but throughout Texas.http://www.queerty.com/news/gay-history-in-the-making-20070612/
Thu, Jun 14th 2007, 09:15
The Victory Fund says Oakley's campaign is an "amazing statement about our progress."http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2007/06/first-gay-mayor-of-major-us-city.html
Thu, Jun 14th 2007, 10:02
In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, the two openly gay members of Congress urged the administration to take action to protect the LGBT citizens in Iraq.
Fri, Jun 15th 2007, 14:35
Newsweek looks at whether Oakley's homosexuality is an issue in his campaign for Dallas Mayor.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19249594/site/newsweek/
Fri, Jun 15th 2007, 15:52
Acclaimed actor Martin Sheen continues to support LGBT issues and events, including his participation in the Victory Fund podcast.http://www.dallasvoice.com/artman/publish/article_5846.php
Fri, Jun 15th 2007, 15:55
Eugene Peason announces his candidacy for the Boulder City Council.http://www.outfrontcolorado.com/news.php
Sat, Jun 16th 2007, 16:34
Ed Oakley lost his bid to become the next mayor of Dallas. Victory Fund president & CEO Chuck Wolfe issued a statement applauding Ed's historic campaign. Click through for the full text.
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 07:58
Tom Leppert wins Dallas mayoral race.http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8PQB3HG1.html
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 08:03
Longtime Dallas City Council member Ed Oakley lost the runoff for Dallas mayor to businsesman Tom Leppert.http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/06/061707dallas.htm
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 08:11
Tom Leppert is elected Dallas Mayor, though Oakley's campaign still historic.http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/061707dnmetelexdalmayor.973d5d9.html#
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 08:18
According to blogger Pam Spaulding, Ed Oakley's campaign was plagued by robocalls and his opponent's extraordinary financial edge.http://pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2041
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 08:27
Despite Oakley's loss, this election was a notable landmark in LGBT politics.http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-gay-mayor-for-dallas.html
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 10:55
Ed Oakley loses Mayoral bid, but still made LGBT history.http://www.towleroad.com/2007/06/gay_candidate_e.html
Mon, Jun 18th 2007, 12:50
Tue, Jun 19th 2007, 08:45
Gay rights leaders encouraged by America's progress in regards to LGBT issues.
Tue, Jun 19th 2007, 10:31
Providence mayor David Cicilline endorses Hillary Clinton for president and is named Co-Chair of Clinton's Rhode Island campaign.
Thu, Jun 21st 2007, 08:22
Despite loss, Oakley's bid for mayor was still historic.http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=1944
Mon, Jun 25th 2007, 07:55
Organizations championing social agendas are hoping cultural issues will gain traction among voters and help shape the strategies of the party's presidential hopefuls.http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/jan-june07/dem_social_issues.html
Mon, Jul 2nd 2007, 13:01
Dan Anders, a Victory-endorsed candidate for a judgeship on the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, has been unanimously confirmed by the State Senate.
Thu, Jul 26th 2007, 13:14
The Victory Fund announced 11 new endorsements, bringing the total number of endorsed candidates this year to 46.
Thu, Jul 26th 2007, 13:30
A new domestic partnership law, championed by the state's LGBT legislators, took effect this week.
Mon, Jul 30th 2007, 07:16
Kanako Otsuji has lost her bid for a seat in parliament. She was the first openly LGBT candidate backed by a major party in Japan.
Mon, Aug 13th 2007, 08:48
Community activist and consultant Pat Coluzzi has become the first open lesbian elected in the state of Delaware.
Tue, Aug 14th 2007, 13:08
The Miami Beach Mayor’s Green Ad-Hoc Committee held its first meeting since its establishment on July 17, 2007. In attendance were the following members of the committee: John Corey, Robin Jacobs, Debra Leibowitz, Mitch Novick, Patxi Pastor and Luiz Rodrigues. Commissioner Michael Góngora, chair of the committee, was also present.
Mon, Aug 20th 2007, 17:00
Out Assemblyman Mark Leno will once again shepherd through the legislature a bill that would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Mon, Aug 27th 2007, 10:09
Eight new candidates have received the endorsement of the Victory Fund, bringing to 55 the total number of endorsed candidates so far this year.
Thu, Sep 20th 2007, 14:51
The city's GOP mayor surprised just about everyone yesterday when he unexpectedly changed his position on a city council decision to support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Councilmember Toni Atkins, an open lesbian, championed the measure.
Mon, Oct 8th 2007, 09:07
A mysterious flier recently appeared in Miami Beach featuring, in part, a crossed-out image of the supposedly gay Teletubby Tinky-Winky. Presumably, the notice is a shot at openly gay commission candidate Frank Kruszewski.
Thu, Oct 11th 2007, 09:27
Openly gay California Assemblyman John Laird had two bills signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday -- one regarding water conservation and another involving the establishment of a coastal trail.
Mon, Oct 22nd 2007, 08:13
Newspaper says the Victory endorsee "is the most knowledgeable about city issues and takes the wisest positions."
Mon, Oct 22nd 2007, 11:21
Troy City Council candidate Ken Zalewski was featured in an article in Metroland.
Tue, Oct 23rd 2007, 14:53
Openly gay state Rep. Joe McDermott will succeed Sen. Erik Poulson to represent Washington's 34th District.
Wed, Oct 24th 2007, 09:28
"I haven't stopped since the primary," Kraus said. "We've kept it in campaign mode the entire time."
Thu, Oct 25th 2007, 08:39
Fort Worth City Councilman Chuck Silcox urged a group of Republicans on Wednesday to vote for Chris Turner in the nonpartisan District 9 council race because Turner is Republican and straight.
Thu, Oct 25th 2007, 08:43
Frank Kruszewski is the only candidate who not only demonstrates a solid grasp of key issues, but also has a personable demeanor that makes him accessible to all Miami Beach citizens.
Fri, Oct 26th 2007, 10:11
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today nominated City Ethics Commission Vice President Robert Saltzman to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Saltzman, who also serves as Associate Dean of the University of Southern California law school, will replace outgoing Commissioner Shelley Freeman.
Mon, Oct 29th 2007, 09:57
Independent Weekly endorses Lavelle in her race for Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
Mon, Nov 5th 2007, 11:15
Zalewski wants to bring integrity to City Council
Tue, Nov 13th 2007, 15:53
The race for Vallejo's top political seat was a statistical dead heat after voters went to the polls Tuesday.
Wed, Nov 21st 2007, 08:08
Aspiring Rhode Island Assemblymember faces two tough opponents in the general election Nov. 27.
Wed, Nov 21st 2007, 08:25
Riverdale, Ga., City Councilwoman Michelle Bruce, one of the few openly transgender elected officials in the U.S., lost her runoff election Tuesday following a high-profile lawsuit by opponents who charged she deceived the public by identifying as female.
Wed, Nov 28th 2007, 10:42
Victory-endorsed candidate Frank Ferri won a special election to fill a vacant Assembly seat, crediting his door-to-door campaigning and strong fundraising for the win.
Wed, Dec 5th 2007, 15:39
Oklahoma's only gay state legislator proposes legislation, prompted by the murder of a 62-year-old gay man.
Wed, Dec 5th 2007, 16:35
Daily Oklahoman editorial praises Roth's diligence, omits mentions of his sexuality.
Wed, Dec 12th 2007, 09:28
The North Miami City Council adopted a new Procurement Ordinance which requires certain contractors wishing to do business with the City to provide equal health benefits to domestic partners of their own employees.
Wed, Dec 12th 2007, 10:19
"Our opinion hasn't changed: The Star-Telegram Editorial Board still feels strongly that Burns, 38, a Realtor and resident of the Ryan Place neighborhood, should be the voters' choice to succeed Wendy Davis."
Mon, Dec 17th 2007, 13:22
The fact that Polis is gay has hardly come up in Colorado — minus some derogatory name-calling on a right-wing blog — where he is locked in an intense, ultra-expensive primary battle to replace Senate contender Mark Udall.
Fri, Dec 21st 2007, 11:48
Victory endorsee Frank Ferri was sworn into office on Dec. 19, after winning a special election in Rhode Island's 22nd District. Click through to see video of the ceremony.
Mon, Dec 31st 2007, 09:12
Victory endorsee expected to be one of two openly gay mayors in the state.
Thu, Jan 3rd 2008, 13:56
Former Victory endorsee unanimously voted in by fellow City Council members
Mon, Jan 7th 2008, 09:08
Victory endorsee Benjamin Cruz won a special senatorial election on Saturday, capturing 41 percent of the vote.
Tue, Jan 8th 2008, 10:55
Home News Tribune editorial entitled "On to the day when sexuality doesn't matter" hopes for day when sexual orientation is irrelevant in electoral politics.
Fri, Jan 11th 2008, 10:04
Paper reports that Sonoma County has the highest concentration of same-sex households in the state. "Considering that kind of demographic, it is about time we had somebody on the Board of Supervisors who can really support all the people," said Hirshfield.
Mon, Jan 14th 2008, 13:29
Nationally syndicated columnist endorses Portland mayoral candidate.
Wed, Jan 16th 2008, 11:10
Out lesbian Denise Simmons, a Victory endorsee who was re-elected to the Cambridge, Massachusetts City Council last year, has been elected mayor by her council peers. She is the second openly LGBT African-American to hold the post, and the first out black lesbian mayor in U.S. history.
Tue, Jan 22nd 2008, 13:48
Editorial supports Johnson's legislation aimed at protecting LGBT citizens from workplace discrimination.
Wed, Jan 23rd 2008, 14:41
Appointment of openly gay Democrat Marko Liias gives state six openly gay lawmakers. "Voters are making decisions on people's character, and not their sexual orientation," said state Sen. Ed Murray.
Mon, Jan 28th 2008, 13:24
Newly elected mayor Denise Simmons pushes for broader criteria for receiving a restraining order and more protections for victims of stalking.
Mon, Jan 28th 2008, 13:28
Rep. Jason Lorber does stand-up comedy when he's not legislating.
Tue, Jan 29th 2008, 09:19
The Jewish Herald-Voice has endorsed Pereira's candidacy as Judge for the 190th Civil District Court of Harris County.
Tue, Jan 29th 2008, 09:23
The New Jersey Assembly's Judiciary Committee released three bills sponsored by out Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, which will greatly improve the efficiency of municipal courts by helping municipal prosecutors more effectively carry out their assignments.
Wed, Jan 30th 2008, 08:53
Out commissioner Craig Lowe joins fellow city commissioners in protecting the rights of transgender citizens.
Wed, Jan 30th 2008, 13:10
OLYMPIA - After Washington enacted a law in July 2007 that gave same-sex couples legal recognition, more than 3,300 couples from all parts of the state registered as domestic partners.
In hearings Tuesday in the state's Legislature, several of those couples voiced support for a bill that would expand that law to give same-sex couples the same rights that married couples have in divorces, property, estates, taxes, and guardianships.
Wed, Jan 30th 2008, 13:21
Mon, Feb 4th 2008, 13:38
Patrick Flaherty, a candidate for Milwaukee Common Council, faces a competitive Feb. 19 primary. His election would make him the council's first openly LGBT member.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, Feb 15th 2008, 09:20
"I want every New Yorker to hear me when I say: We are ready."
Tue, Feb 19th 2008, 09:25
Out official and Victory endorsee Christine Kaufmann wants Republican congressman to apologize for an anti-gay gag.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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/
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 14th 2008, 08:22
Both of Solano's daily newspapers have enthusiastically endorsed Cabaldon's candidacy.
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.
Thu, Jun 5th 2008, 12:24
Express Gay News reports on the Victory Fund's endorsement of Mark LaFontaine.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, Jan 5th 2009, 09:49
Ed Zipprich was sworn in to his first term on the Red Bank, N.J. Borough Council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 23rd 2009, 08:17
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, issued the following statement regarding the Academy Awards:
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?"
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.
Wed, Mar 11th 2009, 15:57
Out state legislators in Washington are celebrating the State Senate’s passage of two LGBT rights bills.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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/
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/
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
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, 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
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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
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
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/
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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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, 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/