Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Endorses Torie Osborn for State Assembly
October 11th, 2011
Osborn Locks Down Endorsement from National LGBT Group in Assembly Bid
SANTA MONICA, CA- Continuing her winning streak of nonstop endorsements to fill California’s new vacant 50th Assembly seat, today veteran non-profit executive Torie Osborn won the support of one of the nation’s top LGBT groups, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The announcement was made on National Coming Out Day, an LGBT annual celebration of the importance of coming out of the closet to winning equality.
“Torie has been an effective fighter for equality and justice all her life, and she’s earned the deep respect of her community,” said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “That’s why we are pleased to announce our endorsement of Torie Osborn for California State Assembly.”
“I passionately believe that this is a crossroads moment in California’s history. We need to shake things up, to revolutionize the way we think about our state, to modernize it, and once again return California to its status as the leader in our nation — on economic development, good jobs, the best schools in America — and on equality and justice,” said Osborn. “Having the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s support is a critical stepping stone for my campaign, because it brings to light the importance of this race.”
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund was created by advocates who believed democracy works best for LGBT Americans when our community is reflected in the political leadership at all levels of government. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices. Their founders set out to grow the number of openly LGBT elected officials by engaging donors to support the campaigns of out candidates.
On that first day of May in 1991 when Victory was launched, just 49 openly LGBT elected officials served in the U.S. Today, more than 500 out elected officials serve at all levels of government.
For a full list of endorsements, click here: http://torieosborn.com/endorsements/
Osborn has already raised well over $300,000 and has nearly 1,300 individual donors, along with a long list of prominent endorsements, showing an unusually committed level of support and momentum,especially for a first-time candidate.
Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & LesbianCenter – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor AntonioVillaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governmental reform.