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Michaud poised to make history in Maine without the help of gay donors

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally after the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine is poised to make history in November by becoming the first openly gay candidate ever elected governor of a state. But if victorious, Michaud -- who came out as gay last year -- will have gotten there with little help from the nation’s most elite LGBT donors and professional activists.

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Transgender candidate misses making Oklahoma history by 22 votes

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Paula-Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer who sought to become the state's first transgender lawmaker has conceded defeat in the Democratic primary runoff for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Paula Sophia lost the runoff by a razor thin margin of only 22 votes.

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Berlin’s first openly gay mayor to resign by end of year

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Klaus Wowereit
BERLIN -- Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. Wowereit told reporters he would resign Dec. 11 after more than 13 years in office.

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California sees its first openly gay governor, if only for a few hours

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Toni Atkins is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  on May 12, 2014.
California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday as out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins fills in, briefly, while other state officials are traveling outside of California. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico...

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Garcia takes office in Long Beach, becomes city’s first gay, Latino mayor

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Robert Garcia took office as the 28th mayor of Long Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, making him both the first openly gay person and first Latino ever to serve as the Southern California city's chief executive. California Attorney General Kamala Harris read Garcia his oath in a public ceremony.

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No charges for man who attacked politician because there were no injuries

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- A man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek by spraying butyric acid on her at Vienna's LGBT pride parade last month, will not face charges because no injuries were sustained. While the suspect has been identified, yet remains at large, prosecutors say he will not be charged, as no one was injured.

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It’s a girl! U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, partner announce birth of daughter

| Friday, July 4, 2014
Cora-Polis
DENVER -- U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has announced the birth of a new daughter named Cora. While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman from Boulder said in a statement Friday, "I think I'm going to miss the fireworks for the first time in my life, but my first daughter is far more thrilling."

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Nine of 12 LGBT candidates advance in Tuesday’s primary

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday, but lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. In a six-person race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, Mizeur won 22 percent of the vote, two points behind the state attorney general Doug Gansler, with 24 percent, but well behind ...

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Transgender woman advances in Oklahoma House race

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paula Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A transgender candidate who is a former Oklahoma City police officer has advanced to a runoff for a state House seat. Democrat Paula Sophia will face businessman and former pastor Jason Dunnington in the Aug. 26 runoff. The winner will take a seat at the Legislature as there is no Republican in the race.

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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney marries longtime partner

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sean Patrick Maloney
COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- Freshman U.S. congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has married his longtime partner. The New York Democrat exchanged vows with Randy Gene Florke at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring.

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