Record number of LGBT candidates are running for office

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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed 100 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political candidates in 2008, making this endorsement slate the group’s largest ever. LGBT candidates are running for offices at all levels of government, from school boards to the U.S. Congress, according to the group.

Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund’s president and CEO for the past six years, said the surge in openly LGBT candidates in 2008 reflects the community’s growing willingness to embrace political leadership as a path to change: “I think reaching this milestone is a testament to a new attitude in our community about how to achieve political change.