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LGBT elected officials tell their stories in documentary ‘Breaking Through’

Saturday, April 19, 2014
In the award winning documentary "Breaking Through," filmmakers Cindy L. Abel and Michael Bruno take their camera to the elected men and women in Washington and across the nation who have played a key role in advancing LGBT equaltiy. [ Read more → ]

Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
Carl Sciortino

Mass. lawmaker reveals he has HIV, will resign to lead AIDS Action Committee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BOSTON -- State Rep. Carl Sciortino said Tuesday he is HIV-positive and plans to step down to become the new executive director of The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]
Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune/APUtah Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, proposes to Stephen Justesen, his partner of over twenty-five years, during a party at Club Sound Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

Utah Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis steps down, cites health issues

Monday, March 24, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis says he is stepping down from that post Monday afternoon to address medical issues. [ Read more → ]
APGordon Fox

R.I. speaker Gordon Fox to step down after FBI raids

Sunday, March 23, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, who became the nation's first openly gay House speaker in 2010 is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail. [ Read more → ]
Javier Gonzales

Santa Fe, N.M., voters elect city’s first openly gay mayor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Javier Gonzales was elected Mayor of Santa Fe in a three-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city's first ever openly gay mayor. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APSteve Gallardo

Ariz. lawmaker comes out: ‘I am gay, I’m a Latino, I’m a state senator and it’s OK’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix has come out as gay, becoming the third openly gay lawmaker in the Arizona state legislature. [ Read more → ]
WRCB-TVChris Anderson

Councilman challenges recall, says petitioners want to remove him because he’s gay

Monday, February 24, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Chattanooga city councilman has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's recall statute after he says citizens petitioned to remove him from office because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Mark D. Sickles

Va. state delegate comes out, becomes second openly gay state lawmaker

Saturday, February 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia delegate from Fairfax has become the second openly gay member of the state legislature. Del. Mark D. Sickles announced that he is gay in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken announces bid for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to the U.S. Congress in his native North Carolina. [ Read more → ]
Dana Beyer (left) and Richard Madaleno

Transgender candidate to challenge openly gay Md. state senator

Thursday, January 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A transgender candidate has announced she will run against an openly gay state senator in Montgomery County, Md., in the Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
Clay Aiken

Democratic consultant confirms: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress

Saturday, January 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant confirmed on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Toni Atkins

Toni Atkins chosen next Speaker of Calif. state assembly

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Democratic colleagues to succeed Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly. [ Read more → ]
Jim Cole, APNew Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Dan Innis, right,  with his partner Doug Palardy, in Portsmouth, N.H.

Three gay Republicans seek election history with bids for U.S. Congress

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House. It didn't matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history - no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

Gay rights group rebuked for endorsing gay U.S. rep in Maine governor’s race

Friday, January 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A governor's race endorsement for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud by the group that successfully pushed for same-sex marriage in Maine drew a swift rebuke Thursday from independent Eliot Cutler, who pointed out inconsistencies in the congressman's record when it comes to supporting gay rights during his time in the state Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Don Guardian

Down-on-its-luck Atlantic City swears in openly gay Republican mayor

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
What do you call a gay Republican who obsesses about street sweepers, frets that the city's business isn't conducted in enough languages and toys with the idea of giving free land to the poor to get it back on the tax rolls? As of Wednesday in Atlantic City, it's Mr. Mayor. [ Read more → ]
David Catania

Councilmember who sponsored DC gay marriage bill considers mayoral run

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilmember David Catania formed an exploratory committee for a mayoral bid Wednesday, saying he's unimpressed by the large field of candidates and wants to find out if he can do more to improve public education from the city's highest office. [ Read more → ]
Associated PressSan Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (left) and Mayor George Moscone, during the signing of the city’s gay rights bill in April 1977. The two men were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.

The Legacy of ‘Seeing’ Harvey Milk

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thirty-five years ago today, our country lost a man who symbolized the breakdown of barriers for LGBT elected officials everywhere. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office in California, had held his office for less than a year before he was assassinated. But even in that short time, Milk helped erase some of the invisible boundaries defining who in our country can be elected officials. Following Marian Wright Edelman’s famous words that “you can’t be what you can’t see,” Harvey Milk gave generations to come a successful LGBT elected official to “see.” [ Read more → ]
Xavier Bettel (left) and Etienne Schneider

Luxembourg to achieve historic first: Openly gay Prime Minister, Deputy PM

Monday, November 18, 2013
The tiny European country of Luxembourg is set to achieve a historic first by having an openly gay Prime Minister and an openly gay Deputy Prime Minister. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photoAndrew Martin (left) and Dana Barooshian.

Nevada assemblyman marries longtime partner in D.C.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin says he married his longtime domestic partner over the weekend in Washington, D.C. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APU.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

Sunday, November 10, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- When the intensely private U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he's gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his "gaydar." [ Read more → ]
Jo Jordan

Openly gay lawmaker votes against Hawaii same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, November 7, 2013
HONOLULU -- An openly gay lawmaker in Hawaii may have made history Wednesday when she voted against a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

U.S. Congressman, Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

Monday, November 4, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay - a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Alabama’s first openly gay lawmaker marries longtime partner

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama's first openly gay legislator has married her longtime partner at a ceremony in Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]

Husband of Facebook co-founder announces bid for U.S. House

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sean Eldridge, a former political strategist for Freedom to Marry and husband to Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder and owner of The New Republic, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress to represent New York’s 19th congressional district in the U.S. House. [ Read more → ]
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