Long Beach to Host 28th International LGBT Leadership Conference
2012-05-21 · By Editor
Openly LGBT elected and appointed officials from around the world attend the annual gathering, including members of congress, state legislators, city councilmembers, commissioners, presidential appointees and judges. The conference also draws the leadership of national and state LGBT non-profit organizations, as well as media and business professionals.
“Long Beach is proud to host LGBT Leaders 2012,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “This conference, aimed to increase visibility and representation of openly gay candidates at all levels of public service, will be right at home in one of the most diverse cities in the country.”
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, which produces the annual conference, is the nation’s leading organization that identifies, trains and supports openly LGBT public officials.
Councilman Robert Garcia, who has attended the last three conferences, pitched Long Beach as the host city along with Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester.
“We are honored to host the most important and influential conference for LGBT leaders in the country,” said Garcia. “Having attended the conference the last few years, I can say with certainty that this gathering will be a boon to the Downtown economy.”
The Victory Institute is one of the most influential LGBT organizations in the United States. Its annual convention is considered extremely important to the political progress of the LGBT community, and can be a boon to the local economy.
Attendees experience three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion of key issues facing out leaders and their communities. Recent host cities have included San Francisco, Houston and Washington D.C., among others.
Leading up to the conference, the Victory Institute will also host a non-partisan candidate & campaign training for interested future LGBT candidates for office.
For more information, visit the Victory Institute website at www.victoryinstitute.org, or contact the office of Councilmember Robert Garcia at 562-570-6919.