Victory Fund endorses LGBTQ rights activist Peter Yacobellis for Montclair Council

Peter Yacobellis
Peter Yacobellis

Yacobellis offers vision, experience and leadership says Victory Fund

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, the national organization working to elect LGBTQ candidates to public office, has endorsed Peter Yacobellis for Montclair Township Council. The endorsement signals the Victory Fund’s confidence that Yacobellis, a former official with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration and long-serving LGBTQ rights activist, is well-positioned to be elected to an at-large council seat in Montclair’s municipal elections on May 14.

LGBTQ Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Peter Yacobellis for Montclair Township Council,” said Houston Mayor Anise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Local governments urgently need leaders with Peter’s kind of vision, energy and experience. His dedication to public service, his experience in government, and his commitment to inclusivity, sustainability and accountability will ensure the Montclair Council has the leadership it needs to provide a thriving, 21st century community for all of its residents,” Parker said.

“I am extremely grateful and honored to have the support of the Victory Fund,” said Yacobellis. “I was once denied the chance to serve my country under the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, so I understand what it feels like to be marginalized without a voice. I decided to seek to serve my community as a council member so that I can be a voice and advocate for all residents of Montclair. I will make sure our government is in touch with the values and needs of our diverse community and is well prepared for the challenges of the future,” said Yacobellis.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund is the only national organization working to elect LGBTQ candidates to public office at all levels of government. LGBTQ people hold just 0.15 percent of elected positions despite representing at least 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, according to Gallup. Victory Fund will promote Yacobellis’ endorsement among its hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide.

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Peter Yacobellis Bio

A former Cuomo administration official, Yacobellis worked to pass marriage equality in NY and ran the administrations’ rent stabilization office and Super Storm Sandy command center. He has been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights. As the former Finance Director of Garden State Equality, Peter helped lead New Jersey’s many equality efforts. Among many other initiatives, he helped organize the 2009 march on Washington that led to the reversal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy and the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill; launched Trevor NextGen—the largest LGBTQ volunteer network in the New York Metro area—in response to the death of Tyler Clementi; and chaired the Trevor Project’s Board of Directors Government Affairs committee. Peter studied business management and political science at Adelphi University and has a graduate certificate in environmental sustainability from Columbia University. He is a former brand and marketing director with American Express and is currently the director of human resources and facilities for Amicus Therapeutics, which develops treatments for children living with extremely rare diseases.

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