October 30, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Eastern Time
Join Lambda and ACS for a panel discussion where current and former queer candidates will share their experiences running for office. Learn about why queer candidates decided to run and how they developed their platform, managed their campaign, and worked across lines of difference with communities and other elected officials. The panelists will share the challenges, successes, and future opportunities for queer candidates. With the Presidential election dominating the headlines, this event will highlight how queer candidates are making waves on the state and local level. All students are welcome to attend. This event is intended to be a space where both queer-identifying students and allies can participate in thoughtful discussion. Food from Di Bruno Bros will be provided.
Moderator: Reggie Greer, Director of Constituent Engagement, LGBTQ Victory Institute
Kristin Seale, Former Candidate for PA House of Representatives
Sherrie Cohen, Candidate for Philadelphia City Council
Gabriel Acevero, Representative, Maryland House of Delegates
Reggie Greer is the Director of Constituent Engagement for the LGBTQ Victory Institute, which is dedicated to achieving full equality for LGBTQ people by building, supporting and advancing a diverse network of LGBTQ public leaders. Reggie works to engage and inform the nation’s network of LGBTQ elected and appointed leaders.
Kristin Seale ran for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 2018 for a seat in Media, PA, and won a contested Democratic Primary as a Democratic Socialist. She is currently the Legislative Director for State Senator Tim Kearney and was elected School Board Director in 2017 of Rose Tree Media School District.
Sherrie Cohen is a current at-large candidate for Philadelphia City Council. She is a Penn alumnus (C’75), an attorney, and activist, and in 2011, was the first openly queer Democrat to run for city council in Philadelphia.
Gabriel Acevero is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Maryland’s 39th house district, located in Montgomery County. Acevero made history in 2018 when he became the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to the Maryland House of Delegates.