Victory Fund Endorses Out Candidate Paul Steinke for City Council

Paul Steinke

Steinke when he announced his run for City Council in January.

This week, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (GLVF), an organization that provides financial support to LGBT people in politics, announced that it would be getting behind out City Council At-Large candidate Paul Steinke. GLVF Senior Vice President Denis Dison explains the organization’s choice in a release sent out today:

Philadelphia is a leader on LGBT issues, but nobody from its LGBT community has ever been elected to the City Council. It’s especially important to young LGBT people to see themselves reflected in the city’s elected leaders. That’s why the Victory Fund is proud to support candidates like Paul, who are fighting for their entire communities and doing so while being open and honest about who they are.

Steinke released the following response:

I am honored and humbled to receive this endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. … If I am chosen by voters to represent them, I will fight every day to make sure all Philadelphians — regardless of background, nation of origin or sexual orientation — have opportunities to grow and succeed.

According to his campaign, if he wins, Steinke, formerly the general manager at Reading Terminal Market, would be the first out person elected to public office in Philadelphia. For more on the Steinke campaign, visit