Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed Zooey Zephyr for the Montana House of Representatives. Zephyr would be the first out trans person ever elected to the Montana State Legislature. There are currently only six out LGBTQ elected officials in Montana and just eight out trans state legislators in the entire country.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the endorsement:
“Victory Fund is proud to endorse Zooey and support her historic campaign. As a community organizer and leader, she has actively fought the onslaught of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ bills in Montana that passed in a legislative body with zero trans members. That must change – the stakes are simply too high. Good public policy and a healthy democracy can only be achieved if the decisionmakers in the room reflect our entire community. We are confident Zooey will provide a critical voice in Montana and nationally.”
Zephyr released the following statement:
“Representation matters. When it comes to addressing Montana’s housing crisis, securing affordable health care for our communities and fighting back against attacks on human rights, Montana needs leaders who are living these issues themselves and who understand firsthand the urgency with which they must be addressed.”
Victory Fund named Zephyr a Spotlight candidate, a designation given to state or local candidates in history-making races, that comes with additional support and services from LGBTQ Victory Fund to ensure they win on Election Day.
More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
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