To begin on this fresh CrowdPac group, let's start out by having LGBTQ candidates running for office in our group sound off. If you're an openly LGBTQ person running for office, please comment on this post! Share your CrowdPac or website and be open to receiving comments and questions regarding your campaign or what your experience is like running for office so far.
I'll begin: my name is Robert Van Kirk and I have been an advocate for the LGBTQ community since I was sixteen years old when I formed my high schools first Gay Straight Alliance my sophomore year and shortly after that created the LGBT Community Coalition of Michigan which was a non-profit that brought together every area high school Gay Straight Alliance in a coalition to create the first ever statewide Prom for our community that we put on two years in a row. I was quite pleased with how the community came together and how successful both proms were before I graduated from school.
In college I helped to form QCROSS at Michigan State University, an interdenominational Christian campus ministry dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community at MSU. We did services and held meetings as a sort of support group for our community and it ended up being quite successful.
I've also been a consistent advocate in Democratic politics for representation of LGBTQ people and encouraging elected leaders to actually serve our community. To accomplish this, I created Stonewall for Revolution Michigan which is a grassroots oriented political advocacy group for our community. It has chapters across the state of Michigan and already put on the first ever Democratic Gubernatorial Forum on Women and LGBTQ Issues.
That's a bit of the work that I've done for the LGBTQ community and obviously one of the reasons I'm running is to ensure that our community has a voice in decision making at the state level. One of the biggest challenges we face in Michigan is the lack of civil rights protections for LGBTQ peopel and that is the principle achievement I hope to bring about for our community.
Please, if you're running for an office yourself share your story and your campaign in the comments so that we can begin to get to know each other and learn, at least initially, about our respective paths to victory across the country.
The reason I created this group on CrowdPac is because I noticed that there wasn't an existing group to support LGBTQ people seeking public office and I was very surprised. If we ever expect to have our rights defended and advanced, we have to elect leaders from our community to be our fiercest advocates.
My hope with this group is to bring together those folks running, individuals who have already run and won (or lost potentially), and those interested in supporting LGBTQ people running for office in one group to share experience, knowledge, and ideas (as well as resources) to ensure representation of our community at every level of government!
This is a group for LGBTQ people who are planning to run for elected office at any level of government (local, state, and federal) or folks who have already been elected to office to share advice and tips on how to successfully campaign as an openly LGBTQ person in todays political climate. The goal is to share ideas, successes, areas of improvement from past campaigns, and other information that you believe would be helpful for other LGBTQ persons running for office.
Timothy Williams joined1 day ago
Adam Wynn joined3 days ago
Bill Bass joined5 days ago
Armando Gamboa joined6 days ago
Dave Mulryan joined2 weeks ago
Robert Van Kirk