LGBT Elected Officials Agree in Closed-Door Session to Use Collective Power to Oppose Anti-Equality Agenda of Trump Administration

Published on December 8, 2016 by LGBTnewswire.eu


Victory Institute

Today, Victory Institute convened LGBT elected officials from across the nation in a closed-door session to strategies the future of the equality movement under a Trump Administration.

LGBT elected officials agreed to use their collective power and influence to oppose the anti-equality efforts of the next administration, and to organise at the state and local level to protect LGBT rights in case federal protections are eroded. The strategy session was the first event in the larger three-day Victory Institute International LGBT Leaders Conference – which will bring together more than 500 LGBT elected officials, appointees and leaders determined to continue progress on LGBT equality.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin kicked-off the meeting vowing to continue the fight for equality in Congress, and urged officials at the state and local levels to fight as well. LGBT advocates briefed officials on the potential effect of Trump’s 100-day plan on diverse groups of LGBT people – and considered plans for a unified opposition. The session included 43 LGBT elected officials from all levels of government, and was the first gathering of such officials since the election.

Victory Institute President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield led the strategy session.

“As discouraging as the election results were, I am more hopeful than ever after hearing our LGBT elected officials discuss working together to fight back,” said Moodie-Mills. “The conversation was dynamic and inspired, and it is clear LGBT elected officials will use their collective power to oppose the anti-equality agenda of the next administration. It won’t be easy, and we won’t win every battle, but these officials are fired up and are determined to push forward equality at the local, state and federal level.”

The International LGBT Leaders Conference takes place in Washington, DC from Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10. For a complete agenda and speakers, visit www.lgbtleaders.org.

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