Mark your calendars—Sunday March 25, 2012, is Victory Fund’s Annual Champagne Brunch, with special guest Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.
Victory Fund began in 1991 when a Dallas LGBT activist sought to replicate donor network EMILY’s success backing Democratic pro-choice female candidates for out LGBT candidates. Victory Fund operates on the principles that early sufficient funding pushes candidates from peripheral to frontrunner status, and the more representation we have in all levels of government, the stronger our voice is in fighting discrimination against the LGBT community. Victory Fund backs LGBT candidates who are out and show the initiative and support of their community to win and the drive to fight for LGBT rights and reproductive freedom, but lack the funds to front-run on their own. At the time of Victory Fund’s founding there were only 29 out government officials in the United States; today there are over 500 out officials in office, of which Victory Fund has trained and aided hundreds. Congresswoman Baldwin was one of their first supported candidates to win election in 1999. Since being elected, Congresswoman Baldwin has blazed trails fighting institutionalized discrimination against LGBT people and is a founding co-chair for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in 2008. The Congressional LGBT Caucus is a further resource to those in office seeking to fight discrimination against LGBT individuals and work toward equality for all sexual orientations and gender identities. —Alex Grandstaff