First Out Elected State Politicians - United States of America

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Being elected to a public office after campaigning as an out LGBTQ individual reflects an absolute sense of confidence in one's self. The result also reflects society's general acceptance of the individual's capabilities to administer and govern regardless of sexual orientation or other distinguishing personal characteristics. Undoubtedly, the individual had to overcome a certain degree of homophobia, abuse, intolerance and hatred to reach their elected position - and they succeeded in doing so.

This list of individuals represents the important role of visible participation of minorities in elected government. It is advantageous that visible minorities be a part of the decision-making body that sets the agenda, determines policy, and establishes the social construct of the collective whole.

For many, the argument is made that being LGBTQ is only one element of their personal being. Other qualities come to the fore in an election campaign that can trump or reinforce the individual's capabilities to hold the elected office. This is, of course, true.

Nevertheless, the LGBTQ community needs role models, mentors and leaders to act as examples of what can be accomplished regardless of sexual orientation.

The following represent the first out elected state politicians in the United States. They do not necessarily represent individuals who have come out as gay after being elected.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

  • Barbara Baier, Lincoln School Board
  • [[Megan Hunt[[, State Senate (2018)

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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