After the 2011 November 8 election day it seems many faces on the political scene are those of out LGBT Americans. “The election of gay and lesbian candidates in places where they have never won before is a major step forward,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
- Here are some highlights of this year’s election results:
- Out 22-year-old elected mayor of Holyoke, Mass.: Alex Morse’s first job out of college will be mayor of his hometown, Holyoke, Mass.
- Giffords intern wins seat on local school board: Daniel Hernandez Jr., the openly gay 21-year-old intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was hailed as a hero for helping to save Giffords’ life when she was shot in her Arizona congressional district, has been elected to his local school board in the Tucson area.
- Cincinnati elects openly gay person to City Council for first time: Chris Seelbach, an openly gay man who led an effort to repeal an anti-gay Cincinnati ordinance, will serve on the City Council after his historic victory this week in local elections.
- African-American Lesbian becomes first LGBT member on Charlotte council: Charlotte, N.C., has elected its first openly LGBT City Council member. LaWana Mayfield, a longtime community activist, cruised to victory Tuesday night after ousting an incumbent in the Democratic primary earlier this year.
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