Sunday, November 9, 2008

Historic Firsts for LGBT Community This Election

Amidst all the election madness, the first bi-racial president, and the marriage and adoption bans along with the wave of protests there is some refreshing news to report for the LGBT community. Silverton, a small town in Oregon with a population of 7,414 has elected Stu Rasmussen the first transgender mayor in the country. Colorado has elected Jared Polis for congress, the first openly gay person to get elected to the house. Kate Brown has become the first openly bisexual to become Oregon's Secretary of State. Barack Obama has opened up the road for blacks to gain positions of power, even as high as the commander in chief! Harvey Milk, Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank the hero's listed above, and other LGBT icons are paving our way to true equality and government representation.

8 comments:

Guillo said...

Although not a first, it is worth mentioning that the city of Dallas reelected Lupe Valdez as Sheriff of Dallas county. Four years ago she became the first lesbian, first woman, and first latina, to win the position.

Tara Craig said...

Thank you for this post. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the bad news from Tuesday and all the hate that we are seeing around us. This post is a great reminder that we are making progress! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe how so many human beings will settle for scraps.

truthspew said...

Before they even got to the credit I knew it was a Harvey Milk speech. I just finished reading Randy Shilts "The Mayor of Castro Street".

Damn, Harvery was a smart politician. He overthrew the entire group of moderates.

And Diane Feinstein, what a fucking bitch.

Tom Greene said...

I linked this post to my blog: gogreenerevolution.blogspot.com.

I agree, this has been an amazing election in SOME areas, but not in all.

I am posting thoughts from the gay community in the American south: gaysouth.blogspot.com

Tom Greene said...

Yeah, this is refreshing news. However, Prop 8 was a major set back, this is our time to rise and mobilize to bring equality,now to every state.

"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Amen.

Ron said...

Have just a little more patience People. Give this new wave of "Change" a chance to get started... You all already knew that the Religious Wrong was going to bite hard at least once more Didn't You ??

Queers United said...

Well Ron, it's hard to be patient when our rights are on the line. There has been change but not on LGBT issues.

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