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 Itay Balely, Director of Training, 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. 

Orlando, FL Training

July 13 – 16, 2023


Apply by June 2, 2023 for priority consideration for Orlando, FL

Final Application deadline for Orlando, FL: July 3, 2023

Detroit, MI Training

October 12 – 15, 2023


Apply by August 31, 2023 for priority consideration for Detroit, MI

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

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!

REGISTER: Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 4:30pm – 5:00pm ET (Zoom)

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 Itay Balely, Director of Training, 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 Itay Balely, Director of Training, 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.

Upcoming Trainings

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    Orlando, Florida

    Candidate & Campaign Training – Orlando 2023

    LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, in partnership with Equality Florida and SAVE, is bringing its signature Candidate & Campaign Training to…

  • Virtual (Zoom)

    Information Session: Candidate & Campaign Training

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    Detroit, Michigan

    Candidate & Campaign Training – Detroit 2023

    LGBTQ+ Victory Institute is bringing its signature Candidate & Campaign Training to Detroit, October 12-15, 2023 as part of…