Upcoming Events and Happenings
Elevating LGBTQ Women: A Conversation with Annise Parker
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:00 pm ET
On Wednesday, July 8th, we will be joined by Annise Parker, LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute President & CEO, who will share her story of being the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city as well as her experience with building the political power and leadership of LGBTQ women.
“A government that represents its diverse communities is critical to a well-functioning democracy. Yet LGBTQ people hold just 0.13 percent of elected positions, despite the most conservative estimates showing LGBTQ people as 4.5 percent of the U.S. population. This absence of LGBTQ voices from legislative bodies, judicial positions and executive offices allows bigoted legislators to push forward anti-LGBTQ laws and policies that further marginalize the community. Achieving equitable representation is crucial to ending these attacks—but there is a long road ahead.” — “Out for America 2019,” Victory Institute
For LGBTQ people who identify as women, and especially women of color, the multiplicity of barriers to running for office is even greater.
Our Breaking Barriers Webinar Series allows space for women of various experiences to gather for sharing advice, networking, mentorship, and political and personal development.