Candidate & Campaign Trainings

It’s your time to run! Join LGBTQ+ Victory Institute for a training to teach you what it takes to run a successful campaign while talking about the unique obstacles (and solutions) that LGBTQ+ people face. LGBTQ+ public officials are severely underrepresented in all levels of government across the U.S.

Our signature 4-day bootcamp-styled LGBTQ+ Candidate & Campaign Trainings provide a comprehensive, non-partisan simulation to understand campaign best practices for any present or future LGBTQ+ candidates, campaign staff, and community leaders. Trainees learn the necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign exercises and working with peers to develop a plan to run for office and win.

Thousands of LGBTQ+ candidates, elected officials, and leaders have learned how to build winning campaigns through our training programs, and we want you to join us next!

Danica Roem speaks at the 2017 LGBTQ Leaders Conference

LGBTQ+ Victory Institute’s bootcamp-style campaign training in 2016 gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to make the leap and run in 2017.

-Virginia Delegate Danica Roem

Upcoming Candidate & Campaign Trainings

Join us for an upcoming LGBTQ+ Candidate & Campaign Training to see how you can be the change in your community. For any questions, please contact us at

Our training programs have limited space – we encourage you to apply as soon as possible! We will review applications on a rolling basis, but strongly encourage applicants to apply by the priority consideration date. Applications are always welcomed while space is available. 



2023: Detroit, MI Training

October 12 – 15, 2023


Now accepting rolling applications.

Final Application deadline for Detroit, MI: October 2, 2023

We’re coming to Phoenix, AZ on February 1-4, 2024 for our Western Training!

Apply by January 5, 2024 for priority consideration for Western CCT in Phoenix, AZ

Rolling applications with final application deadline for Western CCT in Phoenix, AZ: January 26, 2024

We’re coming to Charlotte, NC on April 11-14, 2024 for our Southern Training!

Apply by March 15, 2024 for priority consideration for Southern CCT in Charlotte, NC

Rolling applications with final application deadline for Southern CCT in Charlotte, NC: April 5, 2024

We’re coming to Chicago, IL on July 11-14 for our Midwestern training!

Apply by June 14, 2024 for priority consideration for Midwestern CCT in Chicago, IL

Rolling applications with final application deadline for Midwestern CCT in Chicago, IL: July 5, 2024

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about our LGBTQ+ Candidate & Campaign Trainings? Attend one of our free, virtual information sessions for more information. Each information session is roughly 30 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A. For some Frequently Asked Questions, click here!

Check back soon for more information session dates!

What can you expect at the training?

Meet the Trainers

Victory has worked with these four subject-matter experts for years and they have collectively trained thousands of LGBTQ+ candidates. Learn more about them here.

Joe Fuld

Joe Fuld

Founder, The Campaign Workshop
Martín Diego Garcia

Martín Diego Garcia

Vice President, Training and Strategic Planning, The Campaign Workshop
Courtney Snowden

Courtney Snowden

Founder and President, The Blueprint Strategy Group
Kelton Morgan

Kelton Morgan

President, Campaign Services Group (CSG)

Notable Alumni

Governor Jared Polis
Governor of Colorado

U.S. Representative Robert Garcia
U.S. Representative, CA-42

State Delegate Danica Roem
Virginia House of Delegates

State Representative Zooey Zephyr
Montana House of Representatives

State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

State Representative Leslie Herod
Colorado State House of Representatives

For questions regarding the Candidate & Campaign Trainings, please contact us at


If Not You, Then Who?

Know someone who you think would be a great LGBTQ+ candidate? Nominate them to participate in one of our Candidate & Campaign Trainings. A member of our team will reach out to them directly to encourage them to sign up for an upcoming program.


For any questions or to nominate directly, please contact us at



LGBTQ+ Victory Institute would like to give special thanks to our program supporters. Their philanthropy ensures that this program has the financial resources it needs to offer our Candidate & Campaign Training.

If you are interested in learning how you/your company can support Campaign and Candidate Trainings, please contact Curtis Sakow, Director of Corporate & Institutional Giving, at

Upcoming Trainings