Separate LGBT Pride fundraising events for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign are scheduled to take place on successive nights on June 10 and 11 in Washington, with the second one to include appearances by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and four of her gay colleagues in the U.S. House.
That June 11 event is an official event of the Hillary for America campaign and is being co-hosted by D.C. gay Democratic activist Peter Rosenstein along with 22 other prominent LGBT rights advocates who signed on as co-hosts. Among them are former Human Rights Campaign presidents Joe Solmonese and Elizabeth Birch and former Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe.
The minimum donation required for admission to the event, which will take place at Lost Society Rooftop nightclub at 2001 14th St., N.W., is $100. It’s being billed as an “LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party In Support of Hillary for America” and will include an appearance by Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook, who’s gay. Clinton is not scheduled to attend. Visit hillaryclinton.com for tickets.
The other event set for June 10 is being organized by gay Democratic activist Lane Hudson as a “low dollar, grassroots” fundraiser that’s not an official event of the Clinton campaign. Hudson is promoting it on Facebook as a “Hillary for D.C. – Pride Edition – More Dance Party, Less Fundraiser.” The admission price is $20.16, and it will be held at D.C.’s historic Howard Theatre.
“What I’m intending to create is a new kind of event that targets folks that aren’t traditional political donors and tries to turn them into repeat donors,” Hudson told the Blade. He said he would announce in the next few days the names of some prominent officials who will attend as special guests.
Among those scheduled to attend the June 11 event as special guests, in addition to Baldwin, are out gay U.S. Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), and Mark Takano (D-Calif.). Also scheduled to attend is U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), a strong LGBT rights ally.
Others who have endorsed the event and signed on as hosts are LGBT rights leaders Aisha Moodie-Mills, the current CEO of the Victory Fund; Scott Fay; Winnie Stachelberg; Tom Sheridan; Robert Raben; Claire Lucas; and Judy Dlugacz.
Rosenstein said the Clinton campaign is organizing its own low-cost fundraiser in D.C. that’s scheduled for June 23 with a $20 admission. He said it’s not a specific LGBT event but organizers are reaching out to the LGBT community to attend.