Houston, Texas, Mayor Annise Parker, an out lesbian, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s annual Champagne Brunch in Nashville. Parker’s victory in 2009 shocked political observers and garnered international headlines. She won a second two-year term in 2011, again with the backing of the Victory Fund.
"We’re excited that Mayor Parker is coming to Nashville. She’s an inspiration, and a symbol of what our community can accomplish when we work hard and fight to win. I know she’ll offer some guidance on how LGBT Tennesseans can use electoral politics to make real change," said Maria Salas, a local member of the national Victory Campaign Board.
Also expected at the Oct. 14 event is Brian Sims, who became the first openly gay college football captain in NCAA history when he came out to his teammates at Bloomsburg University in 2000. Sims won a decisive primary earlier this year in Philadelphia, making him the first openly GLBT candidate ever elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature.
In addition to Parker and Sims, Maryland Delegate Mary Washington is scheduled to speak about the impact her state’s eight openly gay and lesbian lawmakers had on passing a marriage equality bill. Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe will also speak.
For more information about the event, which will take place at the Hutton Hotel, please visit www.victoryfund.org/nashville.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly GLBT elected officials at levels of government throughout the U.S. The number of GLBT officeholders has increased from less than 50 to more than 525 since Victory’s founding in 1991. Visit victoryfund.org for more information.