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White House to honor ten openly LGBT public officials on Harvey Milk Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The White House has released a list of ten openly LGBT public officials it will honor Wednesday as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.”

Established in 2011, the White House Champions of Change Program regularly spotlights ordinary citizens who are doing extraordinary things for to their community, their country, and their fellow citizens.

In that tradition, the White House announced last month it would honor as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change,” a small group of LGBT state and local elected and appointed officials who have demonstrated a strong commitment to both equality and public service.

The 2013 Harvey Milk Champions of Change are:

  • Simone Bell – Georgia State Representative, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Angie Buhl O’Donnell – South Dakota State Senator, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Karen Clark – Minnesota State Representative, South Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Michael A. Gin – Mayor of Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Kim Coco Iwamoto – Hawaii State Civil Rights Commissioner, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • John Laird – California Secretary of Natural Resources, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Ricardo Lara – California State Senator, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Kim Painter – Johnson Country Recorder, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Chris Seelbach – Cincinnati City Council Member, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pat Steadman – Colorado State Senator, Denver, Colo.

“These are LGBT leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to both equality and public service,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute. “They are citizen legislators, executives and appointees who serve honestly, openly and proudly. We congratulate and salute each of them for this high honor.”

The event falls on May 22 — Harvey Milk Day — which commemorates the slain civil rights leader’s birthday.

The White House also announced Monday that President Barack Obama will bestow a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. We have come a long way, but there’s still MILES and MOUNTAINS ahead!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:06am
  2. While telling LGBT Americans married to immigrants that they are shit out of luck because The White House will do NOTHING to include LGBT immigrants in immigration reform and will still enforce the Discriminatory Offensive Marriage Attack. Barack Obama honors openly gay public officials with one hand and denies them their rights with the other.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:22am
  3. The Immigration bill won’t pass if LGBT are in it. At least that’s republican’s excuse they use to deny the bill.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:25am
  4. Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:18am
  5. Cool!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:31am