In celebration of Pride Month, the Institute of Politics welcomes Mayor Annise Parker, CEO and President of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute, and Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr for a Fast Forum on Thursday, June 25th at 1pm ET. Together, they will discuss their efforts to support LGBTQ+ candidates and increase the LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices across the country.
Prior to her role at the Victory Fund, Annise Parker served as Mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016, one of only two women to have been elected mayor, and notably the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Parker served as an IOP Resident Fellow following her tenure in Houston to lead a weekly study group focused on municipal leadership and running for office on the state and local levels.
Julian Cyr serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Cyr is the youngest senator in Massachusetts State House. Cyr has experience in public policy, health advocacy, and social justice and previously served on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth. In 2017, Cyr was selected for the Victory Fund's Bohnett Leaders Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State and Local Government.