Wednesday, December 16, 2009

President of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund proud of recent victories by gay and lesbian politicians

"Last Saturday night was nothing short of amazing. Annise Parker's election as mayor of Houston was a deeply satisfying moment in our nation's history, and I think a sign of things to come. We fought back against anti-gay extremists, and we won."
- Chuck Wolfe, President of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Chuck Wolfe writes:
Ending 2009 on a high note gives me a renewed sense of hope for what our community can accomplish in 2010. I'm proud that LGBT elected officials are at the center of some exciting wins:

-Three days before Annise was elected, Assemblyman John Perez locked up the votes to become the next speaker of the California Assembly. John, who's openly gay, was endorsed by the Victory Fund in 2008, and is still in his first term. He'll be one of the most powerful openly LGBT elected officials in history.

-On December 1st, Simone Bell became the nation's first openly lesbian African-American to be elected to a state legislature when she won her runoff election in Georgia. Simone was a Victory Fund endorsee and a graduate of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute's Candidate & Campaign Training.

-Yesterday openly gay Washington, D.C. City Councilmember David Catania persuaded his colleagues to vote overwhelmingly for his bill to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in the District. David's passion, intellect and work ethic have given the LGBT community a powerful voice in city government.

The Victory Fund raises money to help elect remarkable candidates like Annise, Simone and John. Our expert political team advises LGBT candidates on winning strategies, and more than two-thirds go on to win their races. They change minds about who we are, and they work hard for fairer policies for LGBT people and their families. READ MORE