Masen is an internationally recognized leader in the LGBTQ movement and serves as Interim Executive Director at Transgender Europe.
LGBTQ Hero: Tim Sweeney
Kevin advises philanthropists and social entrepreneurs on social impact strategy. He is the President of Hager Advisors.
LGBTQ Hero: Barbara Gittings
Marisa is a former Obama Administration official and current president of Beacon Advisors, a mission-driven consulting firm.
LGBTQ Hero: Her Uncle Ruben
Zakiya is a former clinical therapist, turned development professional, who has worked to mobilize resources locally and internationally. LGBTQ Hero: Audre Lorde
As President and Founder of Cormier & Co., Chris advises clients on policy, political, and philanthropic strategy.
LGBTQ Hero: Carmen Vázquez
Jason has worked in philanthropy at a national and international level, most recently as the Arcus Foundation co-executive director.
LGBTQ Hero: Bishop Yvette Flunder
Anthony is a donor advisor and Democratic strategist who served as the finance director for Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign.
LGBTQ Hero: Bayard Rustin
Harris is a donor advisor and organizer who works nationally to advance progressive causes and win elections.
LGBTQ Hero: Mary Bonauto
Juan is a former Hill staffer who serves as a Federal Lobbyist at the National Education Association in Washington, DC.
LGBTQ Hero: Frida Kahlo
Wendi is the Deputy Executive Director for the Democratic Governors Association and has a long history of working with progressive orgs.
LGBTQ hero: Bayard Rustin
Shawn is the Regional Director, State & Local Campaigns at EMILY's List and worked at several LGBTQ organizations.
LGBTQ Hero: Toni Atkins
While there is no minimum contribution or membership fee, we ask that donors provide direct support to the campaigns and organizations recommended as part of the Slate. The Q Trust does not accept direct contributions nor are we directly connected to any candidate or political committee. We ask donors to give at least $5,000 in total to the Slate online.
The Q Trust was launched in May 2020 by a group of political advisors in consultation with major donors, all in a volunteer capacity. Collectively, we have decades of experience running campaigns, developing innovative political strategy, and building donor networks.
We have researched, vetted, and selected campaigns that are most likely to have a major impact in key battleground states. These include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, which are likely to have a decisive impact on the US Senate and US House.
The Slate includes candidates as well as organizational partners, most often the statewide equality group. We recommend support for these local partners to ensure they have the resources they need to implement their electoral plans as well as advocate for policy change after November. While the vast majority of the candidates are state-level, we have also included a handful of top-tier openly LGBTQ federal candidates.
All of the states selected are rated by the Movement Advancement Project as low or negative equality, meaning that LGBTQ people living there have fewer protections and opportunities. We selected these states based on electoral and legislative opportunities, existing infrastructure, and the capacity and need for political resources.
In addition to the statewide partners included in the Slate, we have engaged the Victory Fund, EMILY’s List, GiveGreen, and HRC, among others to align our efforts and find opportunities for collaboration.
While we do not currently have any GOP candidates, we aspire to achieve a political landscape in which we can identify and recommend them. The Slate includes nonpartisan candidates, and all recommended statewide groups are nonpartisan political entities. If a donor is interested, we can share a list of LGBTQ-friendlier GOP candidates.
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