Prizm News / July 30, 2018 / By Prizm News

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is the president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute.

Victory Institute, Equality Ohio team up to show LGBTQ Ohioans the path into politics.

By Prizm News

More than 400 LGBTQ Americans are running for political office this year. Many, like openly gay U.S. House candidate Rick Neal in Columbus, are first-time politicians who say they were motivated by a Congress and president who are trying to undo recent civil rights gains. 

A one-day seminar scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 in Columbus is aimed at making sure this year’s record for LGBTQ candidates doesn’t stand for long. 

The Victory Institute, a national organization that works to elect LGBTQ people to local, state and federal offices, will help members of our community developing the skills needed to take the next steps in public service. The sessions also will help LGBTQ people successfully and effectively advocate for equality in today’s political climate.  

The Leadership Summit is offered in conjunction with Equality Ohio, the statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. A number of Ohio’s LGBTQ elected officials will be there to talk with participants. 

It’s open to all LGBTQ Ohioans who are 18 or older. It’s free, but space is limited. You need to register here by Friday, Aug. 10. 

The Victory Institute has conducted similar summits in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and has one planned in Arizona.