Stein Club Holds Successful Mayoral Candidates Forum
Washington, DC – May 9, 2006 – The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (Stein Club), the largest LGBT political organization in the District, held a successful 2006 Mayoral Candidates Forum attracting approximately 300 participants. The forum, which took place at the Equality Forum of the Human Rights Campaign, highlighted critical issues impacting the LGBT community and the future of the District of Columbia. Mr. Colby King, Deputy Editor of the Washington Post’s editorial page, moderated the forum.
“The Mayoral Candidates Forum was a tremendous success and demonstrated an active and vibrant participation by the District’s LGBT community. The candidates addressed very important issues facing the LGBT community and helped us increase our knowledge of their positions on these issues and their general vision for the city,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, Stein Club’s President.
“We definitely had close to 300 people in attendance. We also sent a clear message that the LGBT community will play a crucial role in electing a Mayor who is supportive of the community and committed to ensuring our equal rights as residents of the District of Columbia,” concluded Acosta-Velez.
The Stein Club presented the Forum in collaboration with the DC Coalition, PEN - Metro DC's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The Stein Club will hold its Mayoral endorsement meeting on June 12, 2006 at 7:00 pm.
The Stein Club, founded in 1976, is a membership organization dedicated to growing the political participation, representation, and visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the District of Columbia’s political process. The Stein Club is committed to mobilizing the LGBT community to help elect candidates sympathetic to the LGBT community, and addressing a variety of issues impacting our diverse LGBT community.