Washington, DC – Through generous support from the Donald A. Burns Foundation, LGBTQ Victory Institute is continuing to expand its programming and services aimed at elevating openly LGBTQ public leaders at every level of government. In 2018, the Foundation was the largest funder for Victory Institute’s Candidate & Campaign Trainings – a four-day intensive training that teaches openly LGBTQ people of all political stripes to run for office and take on leadership roles in political campaigns. Between 2016 and 2018 – the years the Foundation was a key funder for the trainings – Victory Institute graduated 360 Candidate & Campaign trainees, including many who are now elected officials.

The Foundation also provided key funding for Victory Institute’s new website and Out for America map – an interactive tool that displays all known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States. It is the largest database of its kind and plays a key role in informing media, elected officials and other public leaders about LGBTQ representation and the need to increase it. The Foundation also provided key support to expand the organization’s communications team, which has led to a dramatic increase in media coverage and stories about LGBTQ public servants making a difference for their communities.

“Developing the next generation of LGBTQ public leaders is critical to advancing equality for our community, and the Donald A. Burns Foundation plays a key role in making that happen,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. “Their investment in the 360 LGBTQ public leaders we trained – many of whom are now elected officials in local and state government – has increased openly LGBTQ representation in government and is changing the hearts and minds of legislators and constituents. We are so thankful to the Donald A. Burns Foundation for their support of Victory Institute and our community and look forward to our continued partnership.”

About LGBTQ Victory Institute

LGBTQ Victory Institute works to increase the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in public office and to provide programming, service, and other support to ensure their success.

Elliot Imse, Senior Director of Communications
elliot.imse@victoryinstitute.org, 646.957.4740