Victory Fund Keeps their Eye on the Prize
Winning equality and fairness for LGBT Americans requires, at a minimum, the support of fair-minded politicians. But it also requires out LGBT politicians who can serve as catalysts for pro-equality legislation and personalize the challenges facing the LGBT community.
So how we do help elect more out candidates?
I think of the Victory Fund as the catalyst for the catalysts-they’re the only group working exclusively to elect LGBT Americans to public office at all levels of government. Founded in 1991, that year they endorsed their first two candidates and helped elect Sherry Harris in Seattle, where she became the first openly lesbian African-American elected to a city council anywhere in the country.
Victory’s mission gained steam as supporters realized the power in identifying, cultivating and funding LGBT political candidates who could be champions for LGBT rights across the nation. Over the past two decades, Victory has helped elect hundreds of openly LGBT candidates to local, state and federal offices.
This year Victory has seen tremendous growth and its efforts have proven more fruitful than ever. More than 72 percent of their endorsed candidates won their races in 2011. And the staff at Victory projects another significant jump in 2012 when they expect to endorse more than 200 LGBT candidates.