Washington, D.C. – The LGBTQ Victory Fund announced today their endorsement of Randy Downs for Ward 2 on the DC Council. The Victory Fund is the leader in supporting and electing openly LGBTQ officials to all levels of government across the nation. Downs is one of three DC endorsements the Victory Fund announced for the 2020 election. View the endorsement from the Victory Fund here. “As a leader in the District’s LGBTQ community, earning the Victory Fund endorsement means the effectiveness of my work fighting for LGBTQ rights is validated. I am humbled to have the Victory Fund’s faith in my ability to address the priorities for the LGBTQ community. I look forward to working with the Victory Fund to ensure affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors and the entire LGBTQ community, expand rights for transgender residents, end the ‘gay panic’ defense in court, address homelessness in the LGBTQ youth and adult population, and invest in the DC Offices of Human Rights and LGBTQ Affairs,” said Downs. “To accomplish this and more, the Victory Fund knows a member of the LGBTQ community must be on the DC Council. I’m honored to earn this endorsement.“ Since moving to DC in 2011 and throughout his four years of service on Dupont Circle’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Commissioner Downs has continuously advocated for stronger investments in affordable senior LGBTQ housing. He also demanded the DC Council act to ban the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defense of hate crimes in the judicial system. The Council has yet to act on this simple reform. After the D.C. Council neglected to include robust funding in the FY2020 budget for the District offices of Human Rights and LGBTQ Affairs, Downs helped found the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Rainbow Caucus to demand the District never forget to ensure protections for this community. He served on the Advisory Committee of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, an appointed position by the Mayor. Downs also fundraised and chaired the 17th Street High Heel race, a regionally recognized event that celebrates our pride and individuality. He also led the initiative, in partnership with the Mayor’s office and the District Department of Transportation, to paint permanent rainbow and transgender pride flag crosswalks on 17th street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. These efforts protect the visibility of the LGBTQ community in Ward 2 and the District, validating the community’s historic and continuing strong presence in the area. “I’m running because Ward 2 is long overdue for its first LGBTQ Councilmember and because it is unacceptable that there is no openly LGBTQ-identifying member on the DC Council,” said Downs. “The DC Council needs a leader who is not just an ally, but who is a member of our proud community, able to champion LGBTQ policies from a position of expertise and experience.” Randy for Ward 2 Campaign For immediate release: September 23, 2020 Contact: press@randyforward2.com