Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-09-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Annise Parker looks to 2018 midterms
by Matt Simonette
2018-03-14

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


According to former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who now heads the political organization the Victory Fund, "this is a going to be a watershed year" for the LGBT candidates across the nation whom the Fund has endorsed.

"We have more candidates than ever that are clamoring for endorsements, and we think a lot of them are going to win," said Parker, who is lesbian.

Founded in 1991, Victory Fund is dedicated to the election of LGBT politicians at all levels of government, though Parker, who became CEO and president in 2017, said that local races are quite often the Fund's "bread and butter." The organization both endorses qualified candidates and, under the auspices of its Victory Institute division, regularly holds political trainings for LGBT leaders and allies.

Parker expects the Fund to support about 150-200 candidates over the course of 2018. "We've already endorsed 64. There are 50 LGBT candidates running just in the state of Texas. We have three candidates running for governorships. We have two candidates for Senate, including [U.S. Sen.] Tammy Baldwin [D-Wisconsin] running for re-election. We've already endorsed 13 Congressional candidates. There are a slew of other ones that don't have primaries, so we're waiting on them."

Baldwin is "the poster child" for strategizing a political career in the manner the Fund recommends for LGBT candidates, noted Parker. "She has done exactly what one hopes a candidate will do—starting at the local level, being a county commissioner, being a council member, moving to the statehouse, moving to Congress, moving up to Senate. She's an experienced politician who would thrive at all levels of government."

Baldwin faces tough political opposition in 2018, but, according to Parker, she "knows what she's doing. Hers will probably be the most expensive of [the races in which the Fund endorses a candidate], but it probably won't be the hardest race."

Among the four Illinois candidates who've earned the Fund's endorsement are Lamont Robinson, who's vying for the 5th District seat vacated by state Rep. Juliana Stratton; Cook County Judges Cecilia Horan and Michael Forti; and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Parker pointed to the historic importance of Robinson's candidacy since, were he to win, he would be the first openly LGBT person of color serving in the General Assembly.

"We're working with a number of allied organizations—Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, Chicago Teachers Union. Labor and progressive groups are coalescing behind Lamont," she said.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Homophobic Daley Plaza rant caught on video 2018-09-20 - Windy City Times received a video of a man—holding a clipboard and wearing a t-shirt supporting Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle—using anti-gay ...


Gay News

State Dept Cannot Rely on Binary-Only Gender Policy to Deny Passport 2018-09-19 - ( Denver, CO, September 19, 2018 ) — A U.S. District Court Judge today ruled that the U.S. State Department exceeded its authority ...


Gay News

2018 MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Jessica Halem keynote LGBTQ health symposium 2018-09-19 - Jessica Halem, a former Chicagoan and Harvard Medical School's first-ever LGBT program director, gave the keynote address, "Honor the Dead and Fight for ...


Gay News

FALL THEATER PREVIEW Artemisia Fest fights for femme presentation 2018-09-19 - Google Artemisia Gentileschi's 17th-century oil painting Judith Beheading Holofernes. Seriously. Do it. I'll wait. The image is emblematic of Gentileschi's art: Magnificent, lush ...


Gay News

FALL OPERA PREVIEW Operas cover love, lust and lesbians 2018-09-19 - Replete with princes in crowns, queens in leather, women in love and womanizers in lust, the start to this year's opera season is ...


Gay News

Jean Leigh runs Boystown gallery for everyone 2018-09-19 - Jean Leigh always had a clear vision for what she wanted her Halsted Street gallery to be: "I wanted a gallery where you ...


Gay News

Holly Near in Chicago Sept. 28 2018-09-19 - Musician Holly Near will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8 p.m. Near ...


Gay News

BYP100's Charlene Carruthers on being Black, feminist and queer 2018-09-19 - Despite the fact that, in Chicago, Charlene Carruthers and I are neighbors, the only time we can find to have this conversation is ...


Gay News

Lise Weil reading Sept. 29 at Barbara's 2018-09-19 - Lise Weil will be reading from and discussing her new memoir, In Search of Pure Lust, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. ...


Gay News

Sykes, Rippon speak at Chicago House event 2018-09-19 - Being one's "authentic self" was the theme as comedian Wanda Sykes and athlete Adam Rippon headlined Chicago House's 2018 Speaker Series and Luncheon ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.