Candidate & Campaign Trainings


Our intensive four-day Candidate & Campaign Trainings provide comprehensive, non-partisan best practices to present and future LGBTQ candidates, campaign staff and community leaders. Trainees learn the necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign simulations, and work with peers to develop a plan to run for office and win.

Thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates, campaign workers and other leaders learned how to build winning campaigns through this training, which takes place several times each year.

Victory Institute’s Candidate & Campaign Trainings are generously supported by the Donald A. Burns Foundation.

Southwest Airlines provides limited airfare vouchers for those who face financial hardships. These are offered on case by case basis.

2019 Candidate & Campaign Trainings

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 cycle. We are proud to have trained nearly 175 LGBTQ leaders this year who plan to run for elected office. We led trainings in the following four cities:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Houston, Texas
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • New York City, New York

2020 Candidate & Campaign Trainings

Save the date for next year’s trainings. Stay tuned for future updates as applications will be made available here in early November 2019 (Dates/times subject to change).

For questions regarding the Candidate & Campaign Trainings, please contact Mario Enriquez, Director of Domestic Programs at [email protected]


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.

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Upcoming Trainings

Notable Alumni

Most openly LGBTQ elected officials serving today have completed a Victory Institute training.

Jared Polis

Jared Polis

U.S. Representative (CO-2)
Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

Mayor, Long Beach (CA)
LaWana Mayfield

LaWana Mayfield

Councilmember, Charlotte (NC)
Annise Parker

Annise Parker

Former Mayor, Houston
Danica Roem

Danica Roem

Delegate, Virginia (District 13)
Nicki Antonio

Nicki Antonio

State Representative, Ohio (District 13)

Tell Me About Future Trainings

We can let you know when we announce new Candidate & Campaign Trainings.