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Ireland health minister comes out as gay, is country’s first out government figure

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Leo-Varadkar-cropped
The announcement by Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. [...]

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Transgender candidate seeking to become chair of N.C. Democratic Party

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Janice Covington Allison
Janice Covington Allison of Charlotte confirmed this week she is running for the post when the party's Executive Committee meets next month in Raleigh to vote. [...]

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Central India city elects country’s first transgender mayor

Monday, January 5, 2015
Madhu Kinnar
Just nine months after a court in India ruled that transgender individuals could be recognized as a legal third gender, a city in central India has elected the country's first transgender mayor. [...]

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Out lawmaker hopes marriage equality will boost Wyoming anti-discrimination bill

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Out lawmaker Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, talks to colleague during a session of the Wyoming Legislature.
Gay rights activists in Wyoming hope the recent court victory affording them the right to marry will give them momentum as they push to outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination. [...]

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Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker elected country’s first openly gay mayor

Monday, December 1, 2014
Robert Biedron was elected Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 to be the mayor of the northern Polish city of Slupsk, making him also the first openly gay mayor in Poland.
WARSAW, Poland -- Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Monday, he became the country's first openly gay mayor. The 38-year-old's political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed [...]

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes San Diego U.S. House race

Monday, November 10, 2014
Carl DeMaio
SAN DIEGO -- Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer. [...]

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UPDATE: Gay Republican Carl DeMaio loses lead in U.S. House race

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Carl DeMaio
SAN DIEGO -- The hotly contested race for California's 52nd District Congressional seat in the U.S. House between U.S Rep. Scott Peters and gay Republican challenger Carl DeMaio remains a toss-up. As of Thursday morning, DeMaio held a slim 752-vote lead over the Democratic incumbent... [...]

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Midterm election results a sobering reality for gay rights movement

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, concedes defeat to Gov. Paul LePage at an election night rally in Portland, Maine. Michaud, a gay candidate, narrowly lost his chance to make history as the nation's first elected openly gay state governor.
Massachusetts became the first state to elect an openly gay attorney general, while the gay candidate in Maine's gubernatorial race narrowly lost his chance to make history. Nationally, gay-rights activists worried that conservative gains in Congress would hamper their bid for federal anti-bias legislation. [...]

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Democrat Muriel Bowser defeats openly gay council member in bid for DC mayor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
David Catania
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Muriel Bowser was elected mayor of the District of Columbia on Tuesday, defeating independent D.C. council member David Catania, who was seeking to make history as the District's first white, openly gay and non-Democratic mayor. [...]

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Rep. Mark Takano elected to second term in U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano won reelection to a second term in California's 41st House district on Tuesday night. Takano, who was challenged by Republican Steve Adams, was first elected to the House in 2012, becoming the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress. [...]

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