The Pipeline: An LGBT Leadership Blog

Launch of Research on Political Participation of LGBTI Persons in Honduras

By Ankit Gupta, February 15, 2017
Caribe Affirmativo, National Democratic Institution, Somos CDC and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute are launching the Researching on Political Participation of LGBTI person in Honduras. The political participation of LGBTI people in Honduras, and in general, Latin America is one of the most significant challenges. The report delves into ... [continue reading]



Personnel Is Policy: An Interview with Alex Wagner

By Reggie Greer, February 14, 2017

Victory Institute interviews Alex Wagner, openly gay chief of staff to the first openly gay Secretary of the Army in U.S. history, Eric Fanning. Wagner discusses what it was like to serve as an openly LGBT person in the Department of Defense, and whether President Obama's LGBT-inclusive policies will continue under President Trump... [continue reading]

Midushi Pandey: Mr. President, I’m not going anywhere

By Midushi Pandey, February 9, 2017

I’ll be frank: when I first accepted the Victory Fellowship last April, the image I had of the 45th President was a little different than current reality. I expected the second half of my fellowship to be consumed by the whirlwind of the Clinton administration’s first 100 days ... [continue reading]

New Board of Directors leadership aims to build diverse pipeline of LGBT leaders

By Elliot Imse, February 6, 2017

Victory Institute’s Board of Directors has consistently helped drive strategy on how best to build a diverse pipeline of LGBT leaders who can be a voice for equality on behalf of the LGBT community. Our 2017 board members are determined to develop new strategies to ensure Victory Institute can train and support... [continue reading]

Elvin Garcia: A New Bronx Tale for a New Era of Politics

By Elvin Garcia, February 6, 2017

I begin this New Year kicking-off a campaign for the New York City Council in the district I have always called home. After serving nearly three years as the Bronx director for the Mayor’s public priorities, this bid for the New York City Council is in part an answer to President Obama’s recent call to action... [continue reading]

First transgender candidate runs for Punjab State Assembly

By Ankit Gupta, January 31, 2017

For the first time in history, a transgender candidate, Mumtaz Bholi is running for the Punjab State Assembly. Mumtaz, who is also dalit, has been endorsed by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). [continue reading]

Participants sought for Cape Town training

By Caryn Viverito, January 26, 2017

The  Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and Triangle Project (Triangle) are looking for participants for the LGBTI Political Leadership Learning Institute, in the Western Cape, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa...[continue reading]

Inspiring candidates to run for office at Creating Change

By Ana Flores, January 26, 2017

Last weekend, Victory Institute conducted a workshop at Creating Change titled “Representation Matters: Running for Office as an Openly LGBT Candidate.” The session – led by Sheila E. Isong, Director of Domestic Programs and Ana Flores, Domestic Programs Manager – consisted of a teaser Candidate & Campaign Training and a question and answer session with Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims....[continue reading]

International LGBTI Advocacy Efforts Gain Louder Voice with Appointment of New World Bank Advisor on SOGI

By Vincent Kovach, January 25, 2017

As the global trend of domestic policy tips the scales of progress back towards xenophobia, racism, inequality, and isolationism, international bodies are continuing to insist upon governing themselves and their constituents with affirming policies of multiculturalism and inclusion...[continue reading]

Candidate training following DC Women’s March draws 500 participants

By Reggie Greer, January 24, 2017

The morning following President Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, DC and cities across the nation to march for women’s rights and equality. Capitalizing on the energy from the march, Victory Institute partnered with Emily’s List, the Latino Victory Fund...[continue reading]

Victory Institute highlights work of state & local LGBT leaders at Creating Change

By Reggie Greer, January 24, 2017

Just as Donald Trump was being inaugurated as America’s 45th president, Victory Institute staff and LGBT leaders were facilitating a session at Creating Change about the importance of LGBT leadership at the state and local level. The session – which drew close to 100 LGBT activists, organizers, and youth...[continue reading]

164 LGBT Elected Officials Urge President-elect Trump to Support LGBT Equality and Represent All Americans

By Reggie Greer, January 18, 2017

When Donald Trump was elected to the presidency this past November, LGBT Americans, communities of color, women, people with disabilities, and Muslim Americans immediately felt its impact...[continue reading]

Solidarity and Victory launch LGBTIQ Political Leadership Academy in India

By Ankit Gupta, January 12, 2017

Solidarity Foundation (Solidarity) and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (Victory) are looking for participants for the LGBTIQ Political Leadership Academy...[continue reading]

Application Period Open: Internships and Fellowships for Future and Current LGBT Leaders

By Ana Flores, January 12, 2017

The Victory Congressional Internship, Victory Congressional Fellowship, Victory Empowerment Fellowship and David Bohnett LGBT Leaders Fellowship are all accepting...[continue reading]

Event Series to Promote LGBTI Rights in Dominican Republic

By Vincent Kovach, January 6, 2017

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and its Dominican partner Diversidad Dominicana welcomed dozens of LGBTI leaders to Santo Domingo last month for a half-day civil society forum. The forum was the first module in a series of events through July 2017 that aim to...[continue reading]

Global LGBT Leaders Attend International LGBT Leaders Conference

By Vincent Kovach, December 15, 2016

With election season come and gone, the Victory Institute team was excited to welcome over 500 domestic and international LGBT leaders to the 32nd annual International LGBT Leaders Conference, in Washington D.C. on Dec. 8 – 11...[continue reading]

Research consultant sought for research project on LGBTI political participation in Albania

By Luis Abolafia-Anguita, December 13, 2016

Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA) are looking for a consultant or team of consultants for a 6-month contract to produce a research publication on political participation of LGBTI people in Albania...[continue reading]

U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic talks with future local LGBTI candidates

By Luis Abolafia-Anguita, December 5, 2016

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, together with local partner, Diversidad Dominicana, held the first module of the LGBTI Political Leadership School in the Dominican Republic...[continue reading]

LGBTI Leaders gather in Cape Town, South Africa

By Caryn Viverito, December 3, 2016

Dozens of LGBTI leaders convened in Cape Town, South Africa to strategize next steps in building a more inclusive democracy. This event, “Civil Society Forum on LGBTI Political Participation”, marked the first activity of the joint project between Victory Institute and our partner in South Africa, Triangle Project... [continue reading]

Rep. David CicillineLeslie Herod denounces crime targeting constituent

By Marissa Moore, November 28, 2016

Leslie Herod, who recently won election as the first African American LGBT person in the Colorado state House, responded to a recent hate crime in her district. Amber Timmons a resident of Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, which falls under Herod’s District 8... [continue reading]

Rep. David CicillineRep. David Cicilline leads opposition of Steve Bannon

By Marissa Moore, November 18, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has named hate peddler Steve Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House. Bannon previously served as CEO of the Trump Campaign and the executive chairman of Breitbart News. Brietbart -- an online news source known for its well-documented ties to the alt-right and... [continue reading]

LGBTI Political Inclusion Meeting - Dominican RepublicVictory Institute & partners announce 3rd international LGBTI meeting in Dominican Republic

By Vince Kovach, November 14, 2016

As part of our ongoing efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, our Dominican Republic partner Diversidad Dominicana and Colombian partner Caribe Afirmativo will bring together over two hundred LGBTI and allied government leaders, community leaders, and activists from the region to discuss the importance and benefit of LGBTI political participation... [continue reading]

LGBTI Political Inclusion ColombiaVictory Institute, Colombian partners release report on Colombian LGBTI political inclusion

By Vince Kovach, November 3, 2016

The Victory Institute in partnership with Colombia-based LGBTI advocacy group Caribe Afirmativo has released a report entitled "A View to the Political Participation of LGBTI People in Political Parties and Movements in Colombia.” The report – released through Observatorio de Participación Política de personas LGBTI en Colombia... [continue reading]

Training the next generation of LGBTI spokespeople in Honduras

By Ana Flores, November 1, 2016

Victory Institute's international leadership team is in Tegucigalpa, Honduras today hosting a spokesperson training for a select group of LGBT Honduran leaders. This intensive two-day training provides LGBTI leaders in the country with a toolkit of skills to better communicate with media ... [continue reading]

UN works to prioritize LGBTI human rights with new appointment

By Vincent Kovach, October 24, 2016

United Nation’s Human Rights Council President Choi Kyonglim has announced the intended appointment of Professor Muntarbhorn of Bangkok University as the newly created UN Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. ... [continue reading]

AppointeesInstitute programs help LGBT people secure presidential appointments

By Ana Flores, October 21, 2016

the Presidential Appointments Initiative (PAI), it is gearing up to facilitate more LGBT appointments in the next administration, and at higher-ranking levels, so they can be of service to our community and the country. As part of this new phase for PAI, Victory Institute’s International LGBT Leaders Conference will play a crucial role in highlighting high-ranking LGBT appointees such as ... [continue reading]

Peace process and LGBTI inclusion in Colombia threatened by conservative forces

By Luis Abolafia Anguita, October 7, 2016

Colombia rejected the peace agreements signed between their Government and the guerrilla movement FARC in a referendum held on Sunday. Conservative forces managed to confuse the population about the affirmative actions aimed at making sure that women and LGBTI people equally benefit from the peace process. ... [continue reading]

Joining Equality California to develop new LGBT leaders in the state

By Ana Flores, October 7, 2016

The Victory Institute team was in Los Angeles this weekend at the Equality California Leadership Academy. This two-day training hosted by Equality California included presentations from current elected and appointed LGBT officials, Equality California staff, and Victory Institute staff. The Leadership Academy is in its pilot stages ... [continue reading]

Victory Institute staff meets with Indian trans activists

By Ankit Gupta, September 28, 2016

Victory Institute met with eight trans and hijra rights activists from India who were visiting the United States last Wednesday. The international leadership team  left the meeting inspired by the fierce leadership of the activists. ... [continue reading]

Victory Congressional InternsVictory Congressional Interns leave Washington with new skills and perspectives

By Ana Flores, September 21, 2016

The Victory Congressional Internship (VCI) is developing the next generation of out public leaders. This summer, the Victory Institute brought eight outstanding LGBT college students to DC for an eight-week intensive leadership development program. The Victory Congressional Internship consists of a full time Hill internship, a rigorous weekly leadership development program, and a mentor. ... [continue reading]

Malusi Gigaba

Anti-LGBTQI extremist banned from South Africa after partners mobilize

By Ankit Gupta, September 20, 2016

Anti-LGBTIQ extremist Steven Anderson, founder of Faithful World Baptist Church, has been banned from South Africa after igniting a firestorm of opposition to his planned anti-LGBTIQ “Soul Winning” tour in the country.  Anderson has a long history of homophobic and racist comments... [continue reading]

Lisa Middleton

Victory Empowerment Fellow helps make change in Palm Springs

By Ana Flores, September 15, 2016

This year’s cohort of Victory Empowerment Fellows includes impressive and accomplished LGBT leaders working to make a difference for our community – and Lisa Middleton is no exception. She is a dedicated public servant with an amazing track record of activism... [continue reading]

Equality Center

A future LGBT leader works with partner organization in Dominican Republic

By Yanelis Martinez, September 12, 2016

I was recently given a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in the Dominican Republic (DR) and advocate for the rights of LGBTI people in the country. I spent two months interning with Diversidad Dominicana, one of Victory’s partner organizations, working to implement Diversity and Inclusion Projects ... [continue reading]

Equality Center

Venezuelan LGBTI rights activists discuss democratic participation with Victory Institute

By Ankit Gupta, September 8, 2016

Victory Institute’s team met with a delegation of LGBTI Venezuelan leaders brought by the State Department to speak with them about the work of civil society organizations in the United States. Victory Institute has partnered with groups... [continue reading]

Equality Center

Tulsa Leadership Summit to feature prominent Oklahoma advocates

By Sheila Isong, September 4, 2016

Victory Institute announced new participants in its Leadership Summit in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- including Jim Roth the first LGBT person to be elected to a statewide office in Oklahoma!... [continue reading]

LGBT groups seek to benefit from Colombia peace agreement

By Luis Abolafía-Anguita, August 31, 2016

A group of LGBT activists and officials are organizing to benefit from a historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla movement that ended 50 years of armed conflict...[continue reading]

Congressional staff diversity key to good public policy

By Midushi Pandey, Victory Congressional Fellow, August 25, 2016

I may have only been working on Capitol Hill for two months, but I already recognize how critical the presence of openly LGBT people is in these institutions, not only as elected officials, but also as staff... [continue reading]

Ana Brnabic

Historic moment as first LGBT minister appointed in Serbia

By Ankit Gupta, August 25, 2016

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic has appointed the first openly LGBTI minister in the nation’s history – an exciting moment for Serbian LGBT advocates, who have been working with Victory Institute to increase the number of LGBTI officials in the Balkans. Ana Brnabic, an openly lesbian woman, was chosen...[continue reading]


Paul Ryan with Interns

Victory's Balkans forums gather activists, political officials  

By Caryn Viverito, August 2, 2016

This summer, Victory and our local partners in the Balkans organized a series of three Civil Society Forums in Albania, Macedonia and Serbia. The purpose of the forums was to bring the topic of LGBT equality to the national political agenda and to encourage greater political participation of LGBT people in the region... [continue reading]

Paul Ryan with Interns

Ryan intern post reminds of the need for diversity

By Ruben Gonzales, June 19, 2016

Over the weekend, Speaker Paul Ryan shared via his Instagram what he called a record-setting selfie featuring the “most number of Capitol Hill interns.”  If you saw the photo, you might have assumed that Ryan used the Homogeneity filter that washed out any immediately visible diversity.  While most of us understand the value of a diverse workplace and the implications of the converse, Ryan’s image points to something even more unsettling... [continue reading]