November 30, 2012
The November election was an historic tipping point with the hard-fought re-election of the first President of the United States who supports full marriage rights for same sex couples, finally stopping antigay marriage activists in four states, and electing the first out gay person – Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin – to the US Senate. California also elected the first openly gay person of color to Congress – Mark Takano from Riverside. Baldwin, Takano and openly gay US Ambassador David Huebner are among the featured speakers and attendees at the Victory Fund’s LGBT Leaders 2012 Conference, which this year is being held Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Long Beach, concurrent with their annual Candidate & Campaign Training. This year’s conference is critically important since antigay Republicans still control the House and are expected to block major LGBT legislation. Therefore, there is a great need to develop a deep bench of “pro-equality” candidates for elected and public office – as well as activists who can work on all aspects of political campaigns – to continue forward progress at the state and local levels.