The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is proud to announce the sixth class of the Victory Congressional Internship, a selective leadership program that brings outstanding LGBT undergraduates to Washington, D.C., for a unique experience on Capitol Hill.
Already here for six of their eight weeks-long session on the Capitol Hill, our interns have been hard at work attending hearings, hill staffer briefings and leadership development trainings in the Victory Office.
Notably, two of our interns in the Senate attended the historic Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee mark-up and bi-partisan supported passage of a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. On Fridays, interns have been participating in trainings with LGBT movement leaders and professionals on a variety of topics, ranging from messaging on LGBT issues with the group Third Way to a policy briefings and discussion about immigration reform with the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Interns have even had an opportunity to hear from Sandra Stier, one of the plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, Hollingsworth v. Perry.
The Summer 2013 Victory Congressional Interns are:
Office of Representative Gwen Moore
Shelby is a rising senior at James Madison University where she is studying Social Justice. She is an executive member of Madison Equality, JMU’s LGBTQ student organization and she recently co-founded a queer community youth support group called Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance. This upcoming academic year she will instruct a one-credit course on diversity at JMU.
Office of Representative Kyrsten Sinema
Grianne is currently a senior at Tufts University where she is studying Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy. She has served on the Tufts Senate for the past three years, representing Tufts’ queer and feminist communities, and she is an active member of numerous intersectional social justice organizations on camps including Students Acting for Gender Equality and the Coalition Against Religious Exclusion.
Office of Representative Gary Peters
Denzel is a senior at Michigan State University where he is studying Political Science and Genderal Management. Previously, Denzel has led MSU’s group dedicated to exploring the intersection of race and sexuality. Denzel is also one of the vice-presidents of ASMSU, MSU’s student government association, where he has helped implement gender neutral housing and a preferred name policy focused on the LGBT community. In the past, Denzel has worked on campaigns for the Michigan State House of Representatives and spent time within the legislature as a legislative intern.
Office of Senator Mark Kirk
Harvey is a rising senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where he is studying Political Science and Economics. As co-president of Spectrum and a Senator in SMU’s student government, Harvey has worked to create greater change for LGBT issues on campus. In recognition of his efforts, Harvey has been awarded the Harvey Milk Award and the Activist in Action Award at his university.
Office of Representative Dan Kildee
Ashley is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan where she is studying Social Theory and Practice with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Ashley is a chair of the LGBT issues Commission at the University of Michigan and has lobbied with many state representatives about creating more inclusive anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies in Michigan schools. Ashley has also helped developed an original script as part of a statewide platform to portray stories and statistics of the harassment and isolation faced by LGBTQ people.
Office of Representative Patrick Murphy
Andrew is a rising senior at the University of Florida where he is studying Political Science. At UF, Andrew has worked on gender inclusive housing efforts, served as the LGBTQ Student Affairs Director for his student government, and worked as Senior Ambassador in UF’s APIA Affairs Office. In the past, he has also interned at the Department of Transportation’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights as an OCA National Intern and in the regional office of Senator Bill Nelson.
Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin
Mindy is a rising senior at the University of Maryland – College Park, where she is studying History, Sociology, and LGBT Studies. On campus, Mindy is the convener for the Peer Leadership Council and a member of the Gender Neutral Housing Taskforce. Previously, she interned at the Human Rights Campaign and with her campus’s Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy Office.