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Victory Announces Merger with Gay Officials Conference In Its 20th Year; Hundreds of Public Officials, Leaders Met in New Orleans

12/21/2004 12:54:00 PM


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To: National Desk

Contact: Dave DeCicco, 202-842-7308

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- At the 20th annual gathering of International gay and lesbian officials, which took place Nov. 18-21 in New Orleans, over 100 elected and appointed officials along with active alumni, community leaders, donors, and supporters gathered to network, exchange best practices and discuss creative ways to address issues of public concern.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan educational organization, and the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials (INLGO) - founded in 1984.

During the event's annual Saturday evening banquet, Victory's President & CEO Chuck Wolfe announced the merger of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute with INLGO, approved earlier that day by the boards of the two organizations. Hosted in part by the Mayor of New Orleans, the New Orleans Host Committee, MTV Networks and held at the Ritz Carlton, the banquet was attended by 330 officials, dignitaries and local activists.

"Combining INLGO with the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute will strengthen both organizations and provide enhanced support and networking opportunities for lesbian and gay officials throughout the U.S. and beyond. We can expect even greater things as we move forward together," said Long Beach Councilmember Dan Baker, President of INLGO.

Baker continued, "the 2004 Leadership Conference in New Orleans was our best ever and next year promises to surpass it because of our new partnership." The conference, which is the only exclusive gathering of gay and lesbian legislators, mayors, members of Congress and others, will become the signature program of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute and next year will be held in Seattle, November 17-20, 2005. Future programming will also provide professional development and networking opportunities to business, nonprofit, political and community leaders.

"By connecting the streams of leadership within the gay community, we have the opportunity to speak with a cohesive voice, lead with unity and succeed together both professionally and politically," said Wolfe. "We have just begun to tap the potential of this conference to provide officials and leaders with a venue to exchange ideas, network and strengthen their leadership skills," he added.

Contemporaneous to the 2004 conference, an intense four-day Candidate and Campaign Training seminar was attended by 25 up- and-coming gay leaders who plan to either run for public office or play a key role on the campaign team of an openly gay candidate. Among other topics, regular conference participants studied urban economic development, community diversity and engagement, political strategy and incumbency protection.

Speakers and attendees of note included Tim Gill of the Gill Foundation, Prof. Todd Pittinsky of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Michael Fleming of the David Bohnett Foundation, Gary Gates of the Urban Institute, Patrick Guerriero of Log Cabin Republicans, Mike Mings of Human Rights Campaign, Matt Foreman of the Task Force, Fred Hochberg, Dean of the New School University's Milano graduate program, New Orleans Human Relations Commission Chair Larry Bagneris, Long Beach (CA) Councilmember & President of INLGO Dan Baker, Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter and Orlando City Councilmember Patty Sheehan.
 

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Interesting in that "best practices" is a healthcare term that seems to be insinuating itself into the general lexicon.
 

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The "best practices" process started in the business world over 20 years ago.

Did health care proceed that or did they borrow it as a business concept when they had to get more competitive?
 

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If it goes back 20 years its business use antedated its use in healthcare. Healthcare has adopted a lost of industrial terms as it becomes increasingly industrialized. Quality Assurance is especially big in healthcare (and on automotive assembly lines), although it's yet to catch on in Romanian AK factories.
 

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From the context, I'd say they're looking at the best practices for working the political system and implementing that despicable homosexual agenda of being treated fairly.

Although gerbils come immediately to mind as well.
 

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Custer said:
So, what does it mean in the homosexual community?
I'm afraid I don't wanna know.
 
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