June 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Clinton supporters plan 2 D.C. Pride fundraisers
Hillary Clinton, gay news, Washington Blade

Hillary Clinton (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

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.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • Keep following the wolves in sheep’s clothing. But please, don’t bend over for them.

    • I’m Gay and have a great husband. While I think you’re hateful I agree that Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person in politics. I’d never vote for her even though we’re gay. To bad most gays could careless about the character of a person when voting for them but do so only for the sake of one issue. Let’s remember that president Clinton was responsible for the existence of DOMA and Hillary as a US senator agreed with states right to deny or pass gay marriage.

    • Oh please Ted Cruz needs your support

  • My husband and I are gay and always have been in case you didn’t know how that works. I think your comment is hateful. However, we’d never vote or do anything for Clinton because we think she is the most corrupt politician in our government. Almost all gays could careless about the welfare of our country as long as their agenda is met. Let it be known that President Clinton was responsible for DOMA and Hillary as a senator supported that each state has a right to decide if they wanted marriage equality. She has flip flopped so much my head spins. I know someone that knows her and Bill personally and he said she is the meanest women he’s eve met and that was evident the other day when she told a supporter to go to the end of the line because they just simply asked for an autograph. That was the real Hillary Clinton in action.

  • I support the Democrats as much as the next liberal but it seems shady to hijack Pride to promote a politician and Hillary’s not even going to be there

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