The Democratic National Committee has announced an entirely LGBTQ, female political speaker line up for the DNC’s upcoming 19th annual DNC LGBTQ Gala. Maura Healey, Annise Parker & Gina Ortiz Jones join previously announced featured speakers Gus Kenworthy and Danica Roem. The keynote speaker will be Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Victory Fund President and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Victory Fund-endorsed congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones will also be speaking.
Each of the amazing women have paved the way for more LGBTQ women in politics. In 2014, Attorney General Healey became the first openly LGBTQ elected Attorney General in the nation and the first LGBTQ statewide elected official in Massachusettes. In 2010, Mayor Parker became the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major US city and recently became the first former elected official to lead the LGBTQ Victory Institute. If elected, Gina Ortiz Jones will become the first openly lesbian of color elected to Congress.
“Our shared values are on the ballot this fall and we, as Democrats, must stand up and show the American people we are fighting for them,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to the DNC. “We serve with pride. We fight with pride and we must support the unprecedented numbers of LGBTQ candidates willing to step up with us to make our democracy more diverse and equitable.”
“There are more women, people of color and LGBTQ people running than ever before this cycle, and early primaries have proven voters are demanding more diverse voices in the halls of power,” said Victory Fund President Annise Parker to the DNC. “I am honored the DNC asked me to speak at its LGBTQ gala and I look forward to speaking about the importance of electing more diverse LGBTQ leaders to positions across the country. We need more values-driven LGBTQ elected officials in power not just because the LGBTQ community needs us, but because America needs us.”
“I’m so excited to have such a strong partner in building an America where everyone is welcome and everyone has the opportunity to live up to their gifts. I’d be honored to be the first out member of Congress from Texas, but it’s even more important that I’m not the last,” said Gina Ortiz Jones to the DNC. “The work that the DNC is doing to help ensure the success of a diverse set of Democrats is so important, today and for the long haul. I’m thrilled to be a part DNC LGBTQ Gala.”
The 19th annual gala will take place on June 25th in New York City.