Are there any out American Politicians?

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    Feb 20, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Guys just watched a show "Planet America" its a National Australian show on ABC24, satirical look at the US and quite funny.
    It left me wondering if there are any Out pollies in the US?
    We have a few hear in Federal parliment and one is even a minister ( i gather its like a "secretary of...".
    Penny Wong who just had a baby with her same sex partner - Finance Minister
    Bob Brown - Leader of the Greens
    Giz Watson - Local state member.
    We have more just cant think of the names

    Is the US progressive enough?
    From the outside looking in and the way your media portrays you guys to the world it all seems very conservative over there.
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    Barney Frank is the most well known, and possibly the only one who is open about his sexuality.

    Well maybe there's another...
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Tammy Baldwin, representing the 2nd U.S. Congressional District of Wisconsin is an out lesbian.
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    Annise Parker, mayor of the nation's fourth largest city, Houston, is a lesbian.
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Matt Heinz, represents the 29th district in the Arizona House of Representatives and lives with his boyfriend. He is running for Gabby Gifford's U.S. congressional seat. He is from the same city in Michigan where I grew up.
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Current gay and lesbian members of Congress:

    Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-Wisconsin)
    Barney Frank (Democrat—Massachusetts)
    Jared Polis (Democrat—Colorado)
    David Cicilline (Democrat—Rhode Island)
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Cool I thought there must be, isnt it annoying how the media in various countrys can totally skew perceptions.
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    Here is a list if the known out politicians currently in office in the U.S. They are from 48 different states.

    http://www.glli.org/out_officials/view_all

    In 1974, Kathy Kozachenko was the first out candidate elected to office when she won a city council seat in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Stan904 saidCurrent gay and lesbian members of Congress:

    Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-Wisconsin)
    Barney Frank (Democrat—Massachusetts)
    Jared Polis (Democrat—Colorado)
    David Cicilline (Democrat—Rhode Island)


    Lets not forget that there are 538 voting members of congress (that does not include the non-voting delegates from the district or our territories) four is nothing really. And barney frank is retiring. This is his last term, and its unlikely that he'll be replaced by a gay... There are a handful of openly gay politicians at the local and state level across the country, but the only one that comes to mind is the mayor of houston. My city has only had one openly gay politician i know of, that was around the turn of the millenium, he was head of the city council. They dont run for office that much.
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Compared to most western/first world nations ... the USA can generally be considered more conservative.

    Our Democratic Party, for example, is our Left-wing party that is in most respects considerably to the right of the Canadian Conservative Party.

    And the Republicans (GOP - "Grand Old Party") are much further to the right.

    There is a smattering of third parties representing ultra-conservative/fundamentalist Christians, Greens, Libertarians, Socialists, and even Communists, but our two party system is rigged to never allow a third party to win federal office.

    Once in a rare while, an independent socialist like Bernie Sanders of Vermont manage to win a Congressional seat, but the system more or less requires him to caucus with the Democrats for him to have any say in things (such as getting on key Congressional committees).
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    KyleAD saidLets not forget that there are 538 voting members of congress (that does not include the non-voting delegates from the district or our territories) four is nothing really...


    Less than 1% of the total congressional population.

    Though if you were to tally up all the closeted politicos in Congress, that figure might go up to 15-20%... icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
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    Stan904 saidCurrent gay and lesbian members of Congress:

    Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-Wisconsin)
    Barney Frank (Democrat—Massachusetts)
    Jared Polis (Democrat—Colorado)
    David Cicilline (Democrat—Rhode Island)


    Lets not forget that there are 538 voting members of congress (that does not include the non-voting delegates from the district or our territories) four is nothing really. And barney frank is retiring. This is his last term, and its unlikely that he'll be replaced by a gay... There are a handful of openly gay politicians at the local and state level across the country, but the only one that comes to mind is the mayor of houston. My city has only had one openly gay politician i know of, that was around the turn of the millenium, he was head of the city council. They dont run for office that much.





    Hopefully everyone on RJ will recognize - if they don't already - that being gay doesn't mean that you can't get elected to public office.
    More of us need to run!

    Things have changed a lot in the last few years and will continue to change for the better.

    If a black man can get elected president - and reelected - that leads the way for public perceptions to change about gays in office too.
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    Let's not forget, as of yesterday there is an out County Sheriff from Arizona who is running for Congress. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    The leading candidate to be the next mayor of New York City, Christine Quinn, is an out lesbian.
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
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    Iceblink saidHere is a list if the known out politicians currently in office in the U.S. They are from 48 different states.

    http://www.glli.org/out_officials/view_all

    In 1974, Kathy Kozachenko was the first out candidate elected to office when she won a city council seat in Ann Arbor, Michigan,

    I was in school there at the time. It was exciting.



    There is also an interesting side note to this. Kozachenko took the council seat of Nancy Wechsler, who came out after she was elected and while still sitting on the council and so she was the first openly gay public office holder in the U.S.
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    Feb 20, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    If i could just do Aaron Schock, I'd more than forgive him for staying in the closet.
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    Feb 21, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidMatt Heinz, represents the 29th district in the Arizona House of Representatives and lives with his boyfriend. He is running for Gabby Gifford's U.S. congressional seat. He is from the same city in Michigan where I grew up.


    I believe that is who the Sheriff was visiting in Tucson according to the texts posted...
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    Feb 21, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    And how could we not forgot the first gay mayor of a state capital, now serving as a Congressman for the 1st CD of Rhode Island - Providence's own David Cicilline. He succeeded Patrick Kennedy who did not seek re-election.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cicilline
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Hoping Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) will be the first out US Senator.
    http://www.tammybaldwin.com/
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    Fred Karger is running for President and he's openly gay:

    http://www.fredkarger.com/
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
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    Iceblink saidMatt Heinz, represents the 29th district in the Arizona House of Representatives and lives with his boyfriend. He is running for Gabby Gifford's U.S. congressional seat. He is from the same city in Michigan where I grew up.


    I believe that is who the Sheriff was visiting in Tucson according to the texts posted...


    He may have fucked his way to a million or so dollars, whilst staying there...

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/02/arizona-will-gay-democrat-get-snared-in.html