Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor



Four LGBTQ leaders to be inducted into LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame
--From a press release

This article shared 394 times since Sat Nov 20, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Washington, DC — LGBTQ Victory Institute announced it will induct four political leaders into the 2021 class of the LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame, which honors the LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates who made a lasting impact on LGBTQ political history. The 2021 class will include former Ireland Taoiseach and current Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, former California state Sen. Christine Kehoe and Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. The four will be inducted at a ceremony during LGBTQ Victory Fund's 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Washington, D.C.

The One Victory Board of Directors voted to induct the four members of the 2021 class, who must be LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials or candidates to be eligible. The Hall of Fame was first launched in May with 21 founding inductees, with additional members of the annual class inducted each December. View all the Hall of Fame inductees at .

"The 2021 inductees to the LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame shattered lavender ceilings to become historic firsts in their positions and then made LGBTQ equality a priority when in office," said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. "Their victories and leadership opened doors for more LGBTQ people to follow in their footsteps and to view public service as the best avenue for change. We are honored to induct them into the Hall of Fame so their contributions are forever remembered."

Details about each of the 2021 inductees are below.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

In 2016, Kate Brown made history as the first out LGBTQ person elected governor of any state, when she won her special election to serve out the term of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. Brown — who is bisexual — previously made history as the first out LGBTQ person elected secretary of state in 2008. Brown's political career began in 1991 — when, as a young lawyer — she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Oregon House of Representatives. She was re-elected to the position and later won a seat in the Oregon Senate, where she served as majority leader. In office, Brown has earned the nickname "America's most progressive governor," supporting laws to expand voting access, state funding for abortion and investment in universal pre-K.

Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is the first out Black transgender woman to win elected office in the U.S. and currently serves as vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, where she represents Ward 8. Her election also marked the first time in history an out transgender woman was elected to a major city's council. Prior to her election, Jenkins served as a City Council staffer for twelve years. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as an oral historian for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota, documenting the stories of transgender and gender non-conforming Midwesterners. Jenkins is an accomplished poet and writer.

Former California state Sen. Christine Kehoe

Christine Kehoe was an established feminist, LGBTQ rights and AIDS activist when she was elected to a seat on the San Diego City Council in 1993, becoming the first out LGBTQ elected official in the county. During her tenure, she was appointed to the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Association of Governments. After serving seven years on the Council, she was elected to the California State Assembly, where she served 12 years, during which she co-founded the LGBT Legislative Caucus, authored the state's largest energy conservation bill, and was elected Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, the chamber's second-highest-ranking position. In 2004, Kehoe was elected to the state Senate, where she served until 2012.

Tánaiste of Ireland Leo Varadkar

Serving as Ireland's Taoiseach from 2017 to 2020, Leo Varadkar is the fourth out LGBTQ person in modern history to serve as a head of government, as well as the youngest Irish Taoiseach in history and its first prime minister of Asian descent. Varadkar first ran for office as a medical student in 1999, coming shy in his bid for local office. He was later co-opted to fill a vacancy on Fingal County Council in 2003 and won election to the position in 2004. Varadkar won election as a Fine Gael member of Dail Eireann in the 2007 election and soon was elevated to a series of leadership roles in the opposition front bench. When Fine Gael formed a governing coalition in 2011, Varadkar became minister for transport, tourism and spot, and later served as minister for health and minister for social protection. He replaced Edna Kenny as leader of Fine Gael in 2017, paving the way for his election as Taoiseach. In office he championed a nationwide referendum modernizing Ireland's abortion laws, which overwhelmingly passed in 2018. Currently Varadkar serves as Ireland's Tanaiste, the deputy head of government.

About Victory Institute

LGBTQ Victory Institute works to achieve and sustain global equality through leadership development, training, and convening to increase the number, expand the diversity, and ensure the success of out LGBTQ elected and appointed officials at all levels of government. .

This article shared 394 times since Sat Nov 20, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

WORLD Court rulings, Dutch apology, trans candidates win, Global Black Pride 2021-12-05
- Botswana's Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, effectively striking off two sections of the penal code that had outlawed homosexuality, according to Reuters. Before the 2019 High Court ruling, which was ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Trans murder milestone, Victory Fund, Matthew Shepard, Palm Center 2021-12-05
- Nikai David was fatally shot in Oakland, California—becoming at least the 50th trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming person reported killed in the United States in 2021, noted. Forty-four of the victims have been BIPOC, and ...

Gay News

Canada's House of Commons unanimously votes to ban conversion therapy 2021-12-02
- Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy, the BBC reported. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Conversion therapy—which ...

Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot issues statement about lawsuit against FOP 2021-12-01
--From a press release - Today, at my direction, the City's Department of Law voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 without prejudice. This verified complaint for injunctive relief was initially filed in response to the ...

Gay News

POLITICS Foster, Schneider support Casten in primary battle against Newman 2021-12-01
- Suburban congressional colleagues Bill Foster and Brad Schneider are backing two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, of Downers Grove, in his primary bid for re-election against freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Marie Newman, of La Grange, The ...

Gay News

FDA pushed to end discriminatory tissue donation policy 2021-11-30
--From a press release - Chicago, IL. — U.S Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Elizabeth Warren ...

Gay News

State Rep. Greg Harris not seeking re-election 2021-11-29
- Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris—the first openly gay and HIV-positive state leader in the General Assembly—announced that he won't seek re-election and will leave the House when his term expires in early 2023, The Chicago Tribune ...

Gay News

Mike Simmons among LGBTQ Victory Fund-endorsed candidates 2021-11-29
- Incumbent Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons was among the political candidates that the LGBTQ Victory Fund backed in its latest round of endorsements. LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ+ leaders to public ...

Gay News

Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce elects first Black LGBTQ president in organization's history 2021-11-24
- In November, the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce elected Darien Marion-Burton to serve as the organization's first Black LGBTQ president. Marion-Burton will begin his role in January 2022 and said he's excited to bring a ...

Gay News

DuPage Democrat employee resigns after Wisconsin parade posts 2021-11-23
- Mary Lemanski resigned from her role as social-media manager of the Democratic Party of DuPage County after being criticized for insensitive tweets she made about the parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, according to In now-deleted ...

Gay News

WORLD HIV case, Ireland items, Kim Petras, actress' illness 2021-11-21
- A woman in Argentina has become only the second documented person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV, NBC News noted. Researchers have dubbed the 30-year-old mother, who was first diagnosed with HIV ...

Gay News

NATIONAL N.Y. governor, GLSEN report, flower shop, political items 2021-11-21
- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a pair of LGBTQ-related bills aimed at protecting sex-trafficking survivors as well as requiring utility and telephone companies to respect customers' preferred pronouns, The New York Post reported. One of ...

Gay News

DNC makes statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021-11-20
--From a Democratic National Committee press release - DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20): "This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the lives lost due to anti-trans ...

Gay News

Rainbow Railroad plans 'When I Am Free' benefit concert to get LGBTQI+s to safety 2021-11-20
--From a press release. Videos below - Chicago, IL (November 12, 2021) - The annual Chicago 5 Lives Fundraiser hosted by Rainbow Railroad is proud to return this year with "When I Am Free", a benefit concert offering attendees a premier evening of ...

Gay News

COVID U.S. opens boosters for all adults 2021-11-20
- On Nov. 19, the United States, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allowed COVID-19 booster shots for all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one, ...


Copyright © 2021 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.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.