PRESS RELEASE: Gifford Welcomes Endorsement from Victory Fund, Leading LGBTQ Political Organization

Group praises Gifford’s lifetime of service for LGBTQ rights

June 26, 2018


LOWELL—Rufus Gifford, Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 3rd District, today welcomed the endorsement from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people who can further equality at all levels of government.

“I am so thrilled and honored to receive the Victory Fund endorsement,” said Gifford. “We have made so much progress in the fight for LGBTQ equality, but there is still so much more policy and political work to be done, and I will never stop fighting for our rights.”

“Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Rufus Gifford for Congress in Massachusetts’ 3rd District,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker. “Rufus is someone who has dedicated his life to public service, particularly advocating for LGBTQ causes, so we know he has the values, experience, and heart to stand up for the LGBTQ community in our fight for full equality, as well as fighting for all those who are marginalized and disadvantaged.

Parker continued: “As a senior aide to President Obama for ten years and a key leader in organizing the LGBTQ community behind Obama’s campaigns, he has been on the front lines when our country has achieved historic change, and it’s that type of aspirational and optimistic vision we desperately need in Congress, not just for the LGBTQ community but for all Americans.” 

Through his documentary series while U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and his overall authentic and open approach to politics, Rufus has been a role model for countless LGBTQ youth around the world, and has inspired so many of us,” Parker said. “Rufus will be a vital and passionate LGBTQ voice in Congress, just as he has been throughout his career, and we are thrilled to do everything we can to help get him elected.”

Gifford received Victory Fund’s “Game Changer” status, which is awarded to candidates with the potential to have an outsized impact on equality at the federal level.

About Victory Fund:

Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped elect thousands of LGBTQ people to positions at all levels of government.

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