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Thursday, September 7 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Out on the Trail: Running for Office as an LGBTQ+ Candidate in the U.S.

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Join Loyola Marymount University and LGBTQ+ Victory Institute for an exclusive first look at the largest survey of LGBTQ+ candidates ever conducted. Built on survey data from almost 500 LGBTQ+ candidates who ran for office in the U.S. over the past five years, this landmark study explores candidates' motivations to run, their unique challenges on the campaign trail at a time of growing anti-LGBTQ+ attacks and the impact LGBTQ+ leaders have once elected. The session will delve into the unique experiences of Black, Latinx and AAPI LGBTQ+ candidates, as well as transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming candidates. Physical and digital copies of the report will be available to participants, and the embargo will lift following the session.

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Deja Alvarez

Deputy Director world Healthcare Infrastructures, Tpac/Whci
Deja Lynn Alvarez is a passionate and award-winning transgender advocate, activist, and public health professional. As the Deputy Director of World Healthcare Infrastructures, she helps lead the charge to improve healthcare accessibility for marginalized communities around the globe.In... Read More →
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Gabriele Magni

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Loyola Marymount University
Gabriele Magni (he/him/his) is assistant professor of political science, Founding Director of the LGBTQ+ Politics Research Initiative, and Director of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is also a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation... Read More →
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Sean Meloy

Senior Advisor - Institute; VP of Political - Fund, LGBTQ+ Victory Institute and LGBTQ+ Victory Fund
Sean Meloy joined LGBTQ+ Victory in 2017, where he’s led the effort to double the number of LGBTQ+ people elected in the United States to over 1,000 over the last 5 years. Sean was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his partner Ethan and recently ran for the U.S... Read More →
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Ismail Smith-Wade-El

Representative, Izzy for Lancaster
The Honorable Ismail “Izzy” Smith-Wade-El, PA State Representative, District 49Born and raised in Lancaster, Ismail Smith-Wade-El graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Anthropology & Theatre. Prior to his election to the PA House of Representatives, Rep. Smith-Wade-El... Read More →

Thursday September 7, 2023 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Congress A (4th Floor)