PRESS RELEASE from Hillary Clinton for President

December 03, 2007

Contact: Nevada Press Office

Clinton Campaign Launches Nevada LGBT Leadership Council

Diverse Group to Advise Campaign; Mobilize Community for Hillary

Hillary Clinton’s Nevada campaign today announced the formation of the Nevada LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Leadership Council, a group of educators, business leaders, and community activists endorsing Clinton’s bid for the presidency. The council will advise the campaign on issues relating to the LGBT community and mobilize support for the January 19th caucus.

“Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to standing up for those who often lack a voice in our society,” said Judy Corbisiero, President of the Southern Nevada Stonewall Democrats. “I’ve admired her intelligence and compassion since her days as America’s First Lady. I am confident that she is the candidate with the strength and experience to stand up for the LGBT community as our next President.”

“The Clinton campaign is fortunate to have the support of these dedicated activists and community leaders mobilizing caucus-goers for Hillary in the Silver State,” said Clinton Nevada Chair Rory Reid. “The members of this council understand Hillary Clinton’s commitment to equality for all Americans.”

Senator Clinton has been a longtime friend of gay Americans, fighting for policies that promote equality, while taking a strong stand against forces that have tried to marginalize the LGBT community. As president, she is committed to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. She will continue to fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment, and this week introduced a comprehensive plan to combat HIV/AIDS.  In a new survey released last week by Hunter College, Hillary leads all Democratic candidates in support among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LBG) Americans with 63 percent, 41 points ahead of the next candidate.

The inaugural members of the Nevadans for Hillary LGBT Leadership Council are:

Marlene Adrian, Las Vegas

Robert Broili, Reno

Judy Corbisiero, Henderson

Dorne Cullen, Fernley

Tom Durante, Reno

Matt Embrey, Reno

Robert Forbuss, Henderson

Denise Gerdes, Las Vegas

Laura Grotz, Reno

Kurt Jacobowitz-Cain, Reno

Kristine Kuzemka, Las Vegas

Lisa Leatham, Sparks

Laurie Lytel, Las Vegas

Gwen Migita, Las Vegas

Candice Nichols, Henderson

Dominick Pizorno, Reno

Margaret Rees, Boulder City

Thomas Reilly, Las Vegas

Myra Sheehan, Reno

Jill Switzer, Reno

Shaun Sewell, Las Vegas

Ron Virtue, North Las Vegas