Press Release

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

Tue, Jul 17th 2012, 18:41

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Denis Dison (202) 567-3308, denis.dison@victoryfund.org

Contact: Avrielle Gallagher (323) 782-1437, avrielle@itgetsbetter.org

 

Los Angeles, CA - 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.

When Victory first launched in 1991, just 49 openly LGBT officials served in the U.S. Today, more than 525 out elected officials currently serve in every branch of government. Current U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse have relied on the support and resources of Victory to launch and grow their political careers.

LGBT politicians and political hopefuls attend Victory's Candidate and Campaign training, a boot camp aimed at preparing candidates for every aspect of political life. Trainees learn necessary skills and strategies by engaging in realistic campaign situations. Victory has granted the producers unprecedented access to these trainings.

"The stories of LGBT candidates and elected officials have been at the forefront of this movement for decades, and still today out officeholders are crucial leaders in our fight for equality. We look forward to partnering with this talented team of producers and filmmakers to lift the veil on how these men and women learn to run and win," said Chuck Wolfe, Victory's president and CEO.

"This is uncharted territory," says Dan Savage, the co-founder of the It Gets Better Project. "We're seeing progress on LGBT issues, but in order to effect real change, representation in government is essential. Aspiring LGBT candidates face a unique set of hurdles on the way to political office. The goal of this project is to follow a number of LGBT candidates, and highlight Victory's groundbreaking approach to help them win."

Ted Skillman and Belisa Balaban of Snackaholic Inc. ("From the Sky Down") will serve as Executive Producers on the Victory project along with Dan Savage and his producing partner Brian Pines. The four most recently produced the critically acclaimed "It Gets Better" documentary special for MTV and Logo. A second "It Gets Better" hour is currently casting and will air this fall on MTV and Logo.

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