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Silver State Equality Launches LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy

Silver State Equality Launches LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy

Nevada’s Statewide LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Advocacy Nonprofit Encourages LGBTQ+ Persons to Run for Office, Engage with Political System to Enact Positive Change

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 10, 2024) — As part of Silver State Equality’s commitment to building the bench of LGBTQ+ elected leaders at all levels of government, Silver State Equality, Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights advocacy nonprofit, has launched the Nevada LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy.

This innovative program, patterned after Equality California’s successful Leadership Academy that is now in its 8th year and has trained more than 230 individuals, conducts candidate and campaign trainings to equip LGBTQ+ individuals with a deeper understanding of the state’s political system, build the skills needed to seek elected office, run successful campaigns, and learn about appointed opportunities with agency boards and commissions.

The first Silver State Equality LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy full-day training session will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2024, from 8am to 6pm in Southern Nevada at a location to be announced at a later date.

The deadline to submit an application is July 30, 2024. Learn more and apply online today at

Throughout the one-day immersive program, Nevada’s future leaders will learn from the who’s who in Nevada politics and campaigning. Participants will be trained on the essentials of running for office: deciding whether and when to run; the “nuts and bolts” of running an effective political campaign, and fundraising. The training will also address the unique obstacles faced by LGBTQ+ candidates.

Among some of the specific areas to be covered include:

  • Organizing: building and maintaining a grass roots campaign
  • Fundraising: how to effectively engage potential donors
  • Communicating: how to effectively craft compelling narratives and effectively share mobilization messaging with voters
  • Navigating the endorsement processes of political organizations, including strategy development to secure crucial campaign backing
  • How to gain insights into engaging with the media: building relationships with editorial boards and securing positive press coverage and earned media

“We envision a Nevada in which LGBTQ+ persons serve in all statewide offices and key legislative bodies, including the State Senate and State House, as well as county and city level seats,” said André C. Wade, State Director for Silver State Equality.

This program is made possible with generous support of $20,000 from San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority and additional support from the NV Energy Foundation.

About Silver State Equality:

As Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, Silver State Equality brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in Nevada and throughout the U.S. Silver State Equality strives to create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. Silver State Equality is a Nevada-based program affiliated with and supported by Equality California and Equality California Institute, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. Information at 

For more information, contact: Amy E. S. Maier, The Warren Group, [email protected], 702-904-0296