Monday, August 18, 2008

Homosexuals Raise Money For Jim Roth

Fundraiser to support 'out' GLBT candidates set for Sept. 12 All proceeds will go to candidates through Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
by O&AN Staff Reports
Posted 08/13/2008

A fundraiser to support openly GLBT candidates running for office across the country will be held Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the home of David Taylor and Michael Ward.
The event costs $50 per person at the door with 100 percent of proceeds going to support the candidates through the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. For event locations and directions, email Taylor at
All money raised during the event will directly aid the following "out" candidates: Jim Roth, who is running for corporate commissioner in Oklahoma; Mark LaFontaine, who is running for state representative, District 92, in Florida; and Lupe Valdez, who is running for sheriff of Dallas County, Texas.
"We would love to raise money for a candidate from Tennessee but there isn't one running during this cycle," Taylor said. "Until we can support candidates from Tennessee, we're going to support other southern, national candidates."
Kathy Webb, the first openly gay official elected to Arkansas state legislature, and Keith Durbin, Tennessee's first openly gay official elected to state office, will be at the event. Light food and beverages will be offered.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is the nation's largest GLBT political action committee and the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly GLBT elected officials at all levels of government. Since 1991, the Victory Fund and its national donor network have helped hundreds of openly GLBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices.
The event is being coordinated and underwritten by Taylor, Jeff Rymer, Dena Scearce and Jim Schmidt, who are all Tennessee members of the Victory Fund's national campaign board.
For more information or to donate to the Victory Fund, visit

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