Chuck Wolfe

Chuck Wolfe

At a Glance:

Chuck Wolfe has been a Project Contributor since December 2007, has written 20 entries and currently lives in Washington, D.C..


Chuck Wolfe is the president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute, the nation's leading organization that identifies, trains and supports openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, campaign staff and public officials. During his tenure as CEO, hundreds of openly LGBT candidates have been elected to public office, and the list of states with no out elected officials has dropped from 13 to just five.

Wolfe has an extensive background in politics, issue advocacy and organizational development. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Legacy Foundation, which was created as a result of the 46-state settlement with the tobacco industry. Wolfe was the Foundation's first employee and initiated national tobacco control programs such as the groundbreaking "truth" advertising campaign.

A native of Florida, he has resided in Washington, D.C. since 1999.

Chuck Wolfe: Recently Filed


Will DC's Old Boy Network Block First Openly Gay US Senator?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | July 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Old boy network politics hasn't changed much in Washington, a town famous for trading in secrets and rumors. I hear that some straight white males in the Democratic Party are calling around to recruit a Wisconsin senate candidate that looks a little more like them.Read More

Who was the first openly LGBT candidate elected in the U.S.?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | December 17, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This week we asked Gay Politics Report readers who they thought was the first openly LGBT candidate ever elected to public office in the U.S. (Poll results here.) The five choices included the first five openly gay and lesbian candidates...Read More

Who's afraid of equality?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | July 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

If you follow LGBT politics closely, you know the polling numbers by heart. Two thirds of Americans believe same-sex couples deserve legal protections in the form of civil unions or marriage. About 75 percent believe gays and lesbians should be...Read More

Our missing voice in the Senate

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | February 04, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

John McCain has become a leading Senate opponent of repealing the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers, even as top Pentagon officials say they want Congress to repeal the law that makes them enforce the policy. Many believe a repeal...Read More

Would Harvey Milk be proud of us?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | May 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Shortly before he died in 1978, openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk made some extraordinarily prescient audio recordings. On one recording, he famously said, "If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door." Today would...Read More