Openly Gay and Lesbian Political Figures

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Political PositionNameYears Served
City Councilman for Los Angeles, California; came out in 2001 and ran as an openly gay candidate for mayor but was defeated1971-2001
City Councilwoman for Ann Arbor, Michigan who came out during her first and only term there1972-1974
U. S. Representative (R-Massachusetts) who was the first openly gay politician of national stature in the United States1973-1997
Minnesota State Senator and President of the Minnesota Senate who came out in 19741973-2001
City Councilwoman for Ann Arbor, Michigan and first openly gay or lesbian candidate to run successfully for office in the U. S.1974-1976
Massachusetts State Representative1975-1979
Member of the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors1978
Town Councilmember of Chapel Hill, North Carolina1979-1981 and 1987-1993
Municipal Court Judge for Los Angeles, California and the first openly gay staffer of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office1980-1993
U. S. Representative (R-Wisconsin) who was outed on the U. S. House floor and became one of the first openly gay persons to serve in the Congress1981-1997
U. S. Representative (D-Massachusetts)1981-Present
University of California Regent1982-1987
Mayor of Santa Cruz, California; California State Assemblyman and one of the two first openly gay men to serve in California's state legislature1983-1984 and 1987-1988; 2004-2008
Mayor of Key West, Florida1983-1985 and 1987-1989
U. S. Representative (R-Arizona) who came out as gay after being threatened to be outed in 1996 and became the first openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention1985-2007
Massachusetts State Senator; Minority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate; Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts1985-2011; 2007-2011; 2010
Connecticut State Representative1987-2011
New York State Assemblywoman and the first openly gay member of the New York state legislature1991-Present
Massachusetts State Senator and President Pro Tempore of th Massachusetts State Senate1991-Present
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the first openly gay African American mayor of any city in the United States1992-1995 and 2006-2007
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates1992-Present
Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development1993-1995
Massachusetts State Senator1993-2004
Rhode Island State Representative; Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives1993-Present; 2010-Present
Vermont State Representative1994-Present
Missouri State Representative and the first openly gay member elected to the Missouri state legislature1995-2003
Mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado1997-2003
Connecticut State Representative1997-2009
D. C. City Councilman1997-Present
Iowa State Senator; Iowa State Representative and the first openly gay member to serve in Iowa's state legislature1997-Present; 1993-1997
Arizona State Representative 1998-2002
City Councilmember for New York City, New York and the first openly gay African American city councilmember1998-2005
Mayor of West Sacramento1998-Present
Massachusetts State Representative1998-Present
U. S. Ambassador to Luxembourg and the first openly gay man to represent the United States as an ambassador1999-2001
Clerk of the U. S. House of Representatives1999-2005
U. S. Representative (D-Wisconsin) and the first non-incumbent openly gay or lesbian individual elected to the U. S. House of Representatives1999-Present
New York State Senator1999-Present
Wisconsin State Assemblyman1999-Present
Massachusetts State Representative1999-Present
California State Assemblywoman2000-2006
Political PositionNameYears Served
California State Senator2000-2008
City Councilmember for Dallas, Texas2001-2007
West Hollywood City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tempore and one of very few HIV-positive U. S. politicians2001-Present
Mayor of Big Water, Utah and first gay man to be elected mayor of a Utah town2001-Present
Mayor of Chula Vista, California; Member of the Board of Port Commissioners for the Unified Port of San Diego2002-2006; 2005-2007
Washington State Representative2002-Present
Colorado State Representative2003-2009
Connecticut State Senator2003-2011
Washington State Representative2003-Present
Wisconsin State Senator2003-Present
District Attorney of San Diego County and the first openly gay or lesbian DA in the United States2003-Present
New York State Assemblyman2003-Present
California State Senator2004-2008
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates2004-Present
California State Senator2004-Present
Sheriff of Dallas County, Texas2005-Present
City Councilmember for Los Angeles, California2005-Present
Vermont State Representative2005-Present
Massachusetts State Representative2005-Present
Vermont State Senator; Vermont State Auditor and the first openly gay statewide elected-official in the United States2005-Present; 1993-2001
Vermont State Representative2005-Present
Missouri State Representative and the first openly lesbian member of the Missouri state legislature2005-Present
Speaker of the City Council for New York City, New York2006-Present
Arizona State Senator and Minority Whip of the Arizona State Senate2006-Present
Member of the Orange County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners; as mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, was the first openly gay person to be elected as a mayor of a North Caroli2006-Present
Member of the Board of Supervisors for Santa Clara County, California2006-Present
Oklahoma State Representative and the first openly gay person to serve in the Oklahoma legislature2006-Present
Councilwoman for New York City, New York2006-Present
Alabama State Representative and the first ever elected openly gay official in Alabama2006-Present
Member of the Birmingham Board of Education and first openly gay man elected to public office in Alabama2007-2009
Member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission2007-2009
Montana State Representative2007-Present
Arkansas State Representative and the first openly gay person to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly2007-Present
Washington State Representative2007-Present
Montana State Senator2007-Present
Missouri State Senator2007-Present
Connecticut State Representative2007-Present
Connecticut State Senator2007-Present
City Councilman for Fort Worth, Texas2007-Present
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives2007-Present
Illinois State Representative2007-Present
Political PositionNameYears Served
New York State Assemblyman2007-Present
New York State Assemblyman2007-Present
Washington State Senator2007-Present
Colorado State Representative and the first openly gay legislator in Colorado's history2007-Present
Massachusetts State Representative2007-Present
Secretary to the Governor of New York2008
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the first openly lesbian African American mayor in the United States2008-2009
Maine State Representative2008-2010
Colorado State Representative2008-Present
Maine State Senator2008-Present
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors2008-Present
Member of the Guam Legislature; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam2008-Present; 1999-2001
Washington State Representative2008-Present
Nevada State Senator and the first openly gay legislator in Nevada2008-Present
California State Assemblyman2008-Present
Judge of the Fayette County Circuit Court; Kentucky State Senator2008-Present; 1996-2008
California State Senator and the first openly gay man to serve in California's Senate; California State Assemblyman and one of the two first openly gay men to serve in California's2008-Present; 2002-2008
California State Assemblyman and the first openly gay Speaker of the California State Assembly2008-Present
Maine State Representative2008-Present
U. S. Representative (D-Colorado) and the first non-incumbent openly gay man elected to the U. S. House of Representatives2009-Present
Arizona State Representative2009-Present
Massachusetts State Representative2009-Present
Mayor of Salisbury, Maryland2009-Present
Councilmember-at-Large for Oakland, California2009-Present
Illinois State Representative2009-Present
Colorado State Representative2009-Present
Vermont State Representative2009-Present
Missouri State Representative2009-Present
Georgia State Representative2009-Present
Rhode Island State Representative2009-Present
Mayor of Portland, Oregon2009-Present
California State Assemblywoman and majority whip; first openly gay (acting) mayor of San Diego2010-Present; 2005
Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives2010-Present
Mayor of Houston, Texas and first openly gay mayor of a city with a populous over 1 million2010-Present
Connecticut State Senator2011-Present
New York State Assemblyman2011-Present
Washington State Representative2011-Present
Rhode Island State Senator2011-Present
U. S. Representative (D-Rhode Island); Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and first openly gay mayor of a U. S. state capitol2011; 2003-2011

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