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U.S: Two lesbians were the first “out” people to be elected to office, rather than Harvey Milk

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Yes, this is a picture of the first out gay person elected to a major political office.

It is a photo of Elaine Noble, elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November, 1974, three years before Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and, actually, she was the second out elected official.

The first was 21-year-old Kathy Kozachenko elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, City Council in April, 1974. Prior to her election, council members Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck had come out in office and convinced the majority of the council to vote to add “sexual orientation” to Ann Arbor’s antidiscrimination ordinance.

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Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/stop-saying-harvey-milk-first-gay-person-elected-public-office/
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Ireland: Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over lesbian candidate

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A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections.
Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday.
In Rev Greer’s sermon from 21 April, prior to the local government elections, he said that Christians were “being conditioned into thinking that things that were once reprobated are now acceptable… such as sodomy.”
He described that as an “agenda”.
“Now we have the DUP putting up their candidate, who is an out-and-out lesbian, that’s what I mean,” he said.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-48205618 (source)

Australia: Lesbian politician targeted in antisemitic, homophobic campaign

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Independent MP Kerryn Phelps has referred a new round of offensive emails targeting her New South Wales electorate of Wentworth to the Australian Federal Police.
Phelps said the new email contained false “homophobic, antisemitic, racist” claims and was “just generally pretty disgusting.”
The latest emails are similar to ones sent to some Wentworth voters last month, and it comes after Phelps was also targeted during the by-election in the electorate last year.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/kerryn-phelps-blasts-new-round-of-anti-semetic-homophobic-emails-during-election-campaign/ (source)

U.S: Republican preacher hits out at ‘demonic’ lesbian Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot

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E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013, hit out at Lightfoot after her victory in the April 2 runoff election.
Speaking on radio show The Awakening on April 3, Jackson said the mayor-elect’s comments are “a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”
The Conservative pastor commentator said: “Chicago just elected a lesbian woman, and she got up and said, ‘We’re showing the world it doesn’t matter who you love.’
“I almost get nauseous every time I hear that because we know that’s a euphemism for, ‘It doesn’t matter who you have sex with.’”
He added: “They’re not talking about love, they’re talking about who you have sex with. And specifically, they’re saying it doesn’t matter if you have sex with someone of the same gender.
“The euphemism is just disgusting. It really is, because this is a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”

Continue reading: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019
/04/08/republican-preacher-demonic-lesbian-chicago-mayor-lori-lightfoot/
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Update: Chicago Elects Lori Lightfoot as Its First Lesbian Mayor

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In a runoff election, Lori Lightfoot has been elected the mayor of Chicago today. Announced by Associated Press on Tuesday night, this makes Lightfoot not only the first Black female mayor in the city’s 182-year history, but also the first lesbian.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/politics/2019
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Original Article:  U.S: Lesbian mayoral candidate targeted by lesbophobic flyers

The 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Be America’s First Lesbian President

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Ella Briggs, an 11-year-old Connecticut resident, became her state’s first openly gay “kid governor” in January ― and she’s aiming to one day have national and even global impact.

She’s already so invested in public service, she said she would love to become America’s “first lesbian president”.

Still, the road to living authentically hasn’t been easy. Ella has said she was harassed at the public school she attended in East Hampton, Connecticut, after she first identified as a lesbian. In third and fourth grade, she said her classmates ostracized her and refused to sit next to her in class.

“I think they were just scared of me,” she told the Post. “They were afraid to touch me.”

When she told a substitute teacher that she identified as gay, Ella said, the teacher told her that subject wasn’t “school appropriate.”

“It really hurt my feelings,” she told the Courant. “I cried in the bathroom and I don’t want kids to feel like that because like I already didn’t feel like I fit in at that school.”

Continue reading: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au
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U.S: Lesbian mayoral candidate targeted by lesbophobic flyers

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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot denounced homophobic campaign flyers targeting her that surfaced around the South Side over the weekend, saying “hate has no place in Chicago.”
Lightfoot, who is openly gay, made the comments at a City Hall news conference Monday morning where she accepted endorsements from several labor unions, including the organization that supports CTA workers.

Continue reading: https://www.chicagotribune.com/
news/politics/elections/ct-met-chicago-mayors-race-lightfoot-responds-fliers-20190318-story.html
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Update: Update: Chicago Elects Lori Lightfoot as Its First Lesbian Mayor

U.K: Young Lesbian Politician Shuts Down ‘Makeover’ Offer From Senior Party Leader

Young lesbian politician shuts down 'makeover' offer from senior party leader

The UK’s youngest member of parliament for 300 years reveals she turned down a makeover from a senior party leader.

Continue reading at:  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mhairi-black-can-choose-her-own-clothes/ (Source)

Guatemala’s First Lesbian Congresswoman Challenges Status

[After I was elected], there was a public campaign against my intent to become president of a forum of women lawmakers because I wasn’t “woman enough.” The campaign resulted in more support for me, as well as more opposition to me, further propelling me into the public spotlight once I became president [of the forum].

Continue reading at: Guatemala’s First Lesbian Congresswoman Challenges Status — Women & Girls (Source)

Colorado State Senate votes against re-appointment of lesbian Civil Rights Commission chair

In an 18-17 party-line vote, Republican members of the state Senate decided not to confirm her re-appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper, which, according to The Denver Post, was originally recommended for approval by the Senate State Affairs Committee. For four years, Hess has served on the Civil Rights Commission, and currently acts as its chair.

Continue reading at: Colorado State Senate votes against re-appointment of lesbian Civil Rights Commission chair | The Wire (Source)