Even today, standing for elected office as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person can be challenging. Should you make reference to your gender or sexuality in your campaign? How should you respond if your opponents try to use it against you?
Launched at Lib Dem Conference in Bournemouth in September 2008, Out To Win is the peer networking organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Lib Dem candidates at every level - from Parish Council to the European Parliament.
You don't have to be a member of LGBT+ Lib Dems to join, though we welcome it if you are already or choose to join us. Obviously, you do have to be a member of the Liberal Democrats.
The network is specifically for self-identified lesbian, gay, bi and trans candidates. Heterosexual cisgender people who want to show their support are encouraged to either join or donate to LGBT+ Lib Dems, or to help spread the word by passing Out To Win flyers to their LGBT colleagues, or link to this page from websites and blogs.
New members are welcome - you can download and return the form below, or join us in person at the LGBT+ Lib Dems stall at Federal Conference. We're also at a growing number of Regional and State conferences.