Press Releases


The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Condemns Homophobic Attacks Against Councilman Scott Hines

Tue, Feb 18th 2014, 15:14

Today, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation’s leading resource for out LGBT political candidates, reacted to the recent homophobic attacks against Rancho Mirage, Calif. City Councilman Scott Hines.


Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute Press Statement on Judge Darrin P. Gayles Judicial Nomination

Wed, Feb 5th 2014, 15:49

Washington – Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute Press Secretary Steven Thai made the following statement in regards to the White House judicial nomination of Judge Darrin P. Gayles:


Obama nominates gay man for U.S. appellate court

Thu, Feb 7th 2013, 13:12

Hughes Would Become First Openly LGBT U.S. Appeals Court Judge


Victory Fund endorses Quinn for Mayor of New York City

Thu, Jan 24th 2013, 09:30

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor of New York. Quinn's election would make New York the world’s largest municipality ever to be led by an openly gay mayor.


Victory Fund celebrates huge night for gay candidates

Wed, Nov 7th 2012, 13:20

Hundreds of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates won election to public offices across America yesterday, including the nation's first openly gay U.S. Senator, at least six openly gay members of the U.S. House, and seven who will make history as the first or only out lawmakers serving in their state legislatures.


Victory Fund and Institute Partners With "It Gets Better" Production Team for LGBT Politics Documentary

Tue, Jul 17th 2012, 18:41

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, the political leadership powerhouse that helps propel openly LGBT candidates to local, state and federal office in the United States, has partnered with the producers of MTV and Logo's "It Gets Better" series of specials to produce a documentary about shaping the most viable LGBT political candidates. 


David Bohnett Foundation awards grant to Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute for influential LGBT leadership program

Tue, Jul 10th 2012, 10:56

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute on Tuesday announced it is the recipient of a grant of $800,000 from the David Bohnett Foundation to endow the organizations' jointly-conceived executive development program for LGBT government leaders.


Victory Fund National Brunch to honor out Maryland state legislators

Mon, Apr 9th 2012, 18:08

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is set to honor the 8 openly gay and lesbian members of the Maryland legislature this Sunday at the group's annual National Champagne Brunch in Washington, D.C. The lawmakers, many of whom were elected with the support of the Victory Fund, played high-profile roles in the passage of a marriage equality bill earlier this year.


Victory Fund endorses Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Tue, Sep 6th 2011, 07:10

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of Rep. Tammy Baldwin's campaign for the U.S. Senate, which Baldwin announced in a video message released Tuesday morning. If Baldwin wins, she would become America's first openly LGBT senator.


Victory Fund and Leadership Institute announce new board chairs

Thu, Dec 9th 2010, 15:03

Washington, D.C.—The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute elected new officers and members of their boards of directors at meetings here last weekend.  The new Victory Fund board chair is  Susan Atkins of San Diego, Calif.  Brandon Hernandez of San Francisco, Calif., was elected chair of the Leadership Institute board.


Record number of gay, lesbian candidates elected to office

Wed, Nov 3rd 2010, 08:32

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced that more openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) candidates won election to public office in the U.S. in 2010 than in any year in America’s history. At least 106 of the group’s record-breaking 164 endorsed candidates were winners as of Wednesday morning, including Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline, who will become the fourth openly gay Member of Congress when the House convenes in January.


Victory Fund names “Ten Races to Watch”

Mon, Oct 11th 2010, 09:16

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national political action committee dedicated to electing openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, released its “Ten Races to Watch” list for 2010, highlighting ten compelling campaigns that could have a significant impact on LGBT communities both locally and nationally.


Victory Fund board elects new directors

Tue, Jul 13th 2010, 18:44

Three new directors were named to help guide the Victory Fund as it works to elect more LGBT leaders to change America’s politics.


Victory sets new record, endorses 123 LGBT candidates

Wed, Jun 23rd 2010, 14:40

Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed 123 openly LGBT candidates for public office, including six U.S. House candidates, so far in 2010.  Victory endorsed a total of 111 in 2008, the previous record.


2010 Victory Fund endorsements grow to 76

Wed, Mar 24th 2010, 15:17

Seventy-six openly LGBT candidates have been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund so far this year—an unusually high number this early in the election cycle that suggests the group could support a record number of candidates in 2010.


Victory Fund endorses Lembo for Connecticut Lt. Gov.

Thu, Mar 18th 2010, 12:37

Kevin Lembo has won the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in his race to become Connecticut's next lieutenant governor.  If elected, Lembo would become one of the highest-ranking openly gay elected officials in the U.S.


Victory Fund endorses Cicilline for Congress

Mon, Feb 22nd 2010, 11:13

The Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of David Cicilline in his race to become the next U.S. Representative from Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.


Lesbian elected mayor of Houston, Texas

Sat, Dec 12th 2009, 18:22

"This victory sends a clear signal that gays and lesbians are an integral part of American civic life, that we're willing to lead, and that voters will respond to candidates who are open and honest about their lives,”  said Chuck Wolfe, Victory President and CEO.


Gay, lesbian candidates victorious across U.S.

Wed, Nov 4th 2009, 15:19

Openly gay and lesbian candidates swept to victory in local and state races across the country, according to results released today by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.


Annise Parker Finishes First in Houston Mayor’s Race

Tue, Nov 3rd 2009, 22:52

Houston City Controller Annise Parker was the top vote-getter Tuesday in the race for mayor, garnering more than 30% of the vote in a crowded field of candidates. Parker will now face former city attorney Gene Locke, who finished second, in a runoff election in mid-December.


Obama signs historic hate crimes bill

Wed, Oct 28th 2009, 13:36

"It's thrilling to watch the president sign federal legislation that acknowledges the human dignity of LGBT Americans," said Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund president and CEO.


Victory applauds historic hate crimes vote

Thu, Oct 22nd 2009, 16:46

"I’m proud that the openly gay and lesbian members of Congress were there to add their voices to the debate and to speak authentically about the experience of gay and transgender Americans," said Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund President and CEO.


Victory Fund endorses record number of openly LGBT candidates

Tue, Sep 29th 2009, 12:44

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed 76 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political candidates in 2009, making this endorsement slate the group’s largest ever in an non-federal election year.


Gay candidates advance across the country

Wed, Sep 16th 2009, 09:57

Nearly a dozen openly gay and lesbian candidates in three states faced primary elections Tuesday, with eight advancing to general elections this November.  To date, over 35 Victory-endorsed candidates have advanced with primary election wins.


Victory Fund makes eight new endorsements

Thu, Aug 27th 2009, 14:11

Eight openly gay and lesbian candidates have earned the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in August.  A total of 76 openly LGBT candidates have been endorsed by the Victory Fund so far this year.


Victory Fund mourns passing of Sen. Kennedy

Wed, Aug 26th 2009, 05:10

"Senator Kennedy was a great man.  He made a career of fighting for the poor, for women, for racial minorities, and for basic human rights for LGBT Americans," said CEO Chuck Wolfe.


Victory Fund, HRC endorse Anthony Woods for Congress

Wed, Jul 22nd 2009, 11:33

Anthony Woods, an Iraq vet and recipient of the Bronze Star, is running in a special election to represent California's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House.


Victory Fund makes 11 new endorsements

Tue, Jul 21st 2009, 11:35

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed 11 more openly LGBT candidates for public office, including Dr. Dana Beyer, whose 2010 election would make her the first openly transgender state legislator in U.S. history.


Victory Fund endorses Steve Pougnet for Congress

Tue, Jun 30th 2009, 15:36

The Victory Fund has endorsed Palm Springs, Calif. Mayor Steve Pougnet in his bid for Congress.  He is among 15 new endorsements made in June, bringing the yearly total to 55 endorsed candidates.


Victory Fund celebrates 40th anniversary of Stonewall

Fri, Jun 26th 2009, 18:02

On June 28, 1969, a small group of men and women in a New York City bar stood up for themselves and fought back, giving voice to a movement that has spanned more than four decades.


Victory Fund endorses eight more openly gay candidates

Thu, May 28th 2009, 17:01

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced eight more endorsements of openly gay and lesbian candidates, raising the total number of endorsees so far this year to 40.


Victory Fund applauds marriage equality in Maine

Wed, May 6th 2009, 12:02

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today congratulated Maine’s three openly gay state lawmakers, their colleagues and Maine Gov. John Baldacci on enacting and signing a marriage equality bill that will ensure all Maine families will enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of marriage.


Victory Fund announces a dozen new endorsements

Tue, Apr 21st 2009, 15:06

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed 12 more openly gay and lesbian candidates for public office, bringing its total number of 2009 endorsements to 32.


Vermont Legislature brings marriage equality to state

Tue, Apr 7th 2009, 10:17

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute today extended its thanks and congratulations to the five openly gay and lesbian members of the Vermont state legislature for their leadership and hard work in gaining today's historic victory for marriage equality.


Victory Fund announces new board members

Fri, Mar 6th 2009, 08:54

Steve Elmendorf, Jamie Fox, Malcolm R Gage, Jr. and Harvey Hurdle elected to three-year terms on the board. Mark Burstein selected as new board chair.


Victory Fund endorses seven new candidates

Mon, Mar 2nd 2009, 13:32

Now only two months into 2009, the Victory Fund has endorsed seven more candidates, bringing the year’s total number of endorsees to 17.


Obama Nominates Out Lesbian as Top Environmental Advisor

Mon, Dec 15th 2008, 16:13

The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute today issued the following statement from its president and CEO, Chuck Wolfe, on the nomination of Nancy Sutley to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality:


Victory Fund helps 71 candidates win across the U.S.

Wed, Nov 5th 2008, 10:33

Dozens of Victory-endorsed candidates won their elections on Nov. 4, including Jared Polis who will join Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Victory Fund endorses 100 openly LGBT candidates

Tue, Sep 30th 2008, 09:55

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced the endorsement of its 100th candidate, making this endorsement slate the largest-ever for the organization.


Cho to accept Gay & Lesbian Leadership Award

Tue, Sep 16th 2008, 10:49

Comedian Margaret Cho will accept a Gay & Lesbian Leadership Award for her passionate and vocal LGBT advocacy at a ceremony in Washington D.C. Click here to attend the reception.


Victory Fund welcomes Michelle Obama at LGBT Delegate Lunch

Wed, Aug 27th 2008, 10:05

The Victory Fund welcomed Michelle Obama to the LGBT Delegates Lunch, co-hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin. More than 700 people attended the event.


Majority of voters open to electing gay president

Thu, Aug 21st 2008, 16:43

More than six in ten U.S. voters say they could support an openly gay candidate for president of the United States, according to a new nationwide poll from Zogby International.


Victory in Colorado

Tue, Aug 12th 2008, 23:52

After winning his Democratic primary to represent Colorado's 2nd District, Victory endorsee Jared Polis is nearly certain to become the nation's next openly gay member of Congress.


Victory fund endorses eleven new candidates

Fri, Jul 25th 2008, 10:16

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed 11 new candidates seeking public office. The candidates include Greg Rodriguez, candidate for the Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education, and Georgia House candidate Keisha Waites.


McFeeley Joins Board of Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute

Wed, Jul 16th 2008, 14:41

Tim McFeeley, a veteran of the civil rights movement and a leader in the field of executive development, has joined the board of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute.


Victory Fund endorses ten new candidates

Fri, Jun 27th 2008, 14:37

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed ten new candidates seeking public office. The candidates include Rebecca Kaplan, who seeks a seat on the Oakland City Council, and Andrew Martin, who is running for the Nevada Assembly.


McAffrey assured second term in Oklahoma

Mon, Jun 16th 2008, 10:47

Victory endorsee Al McAffrey will serve a second term in the Oklahoma state House of Representatives thanks to a court ruling removing his only opponent. He became the first openly gay member of the legislature in 2006.


Perez among victorious in primary election

Wed, Jun 4th 2008, 09:01

California’s caucus of gay state legislators will likely gain at least two new faces after November’s general election. After winning their primaries, John Perez and Tom Ammiano are heavily favored to win their general elections in November.


Sam Adams elected mayor of Portland, Oregon

Tue, May 20th 2008, 23:59

Sam Adams won his election with more than 50 percent of the vote, becoming the first openly gay mayor elected to lead one of the nation's 30 largest cities. Meanwhile, Kate Brown won her Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state.


Victory Fund hails California Supreme Court decision

Thu, May 15th 2008, 13:01

"It’s a leap forward in the struggle for true equality for LGBT Americans, and I applaud the extraordinary work of those who have gotten us to this point," said Victory Fund President Chuck Wolfe


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