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COLORADO: Rep. Jared Polis Wins Dem Gubernatorial Primary, Would Be First Openly Gay Governor [VIDEO]

CBS Denver reports: Jared Polis claimed the Democratic nomination for governor in Colorado with a clear victory Tuesday after he spent $11 million of his own fortune to vanquish three rivals. The five-term Boulder congressman would become the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor if he wins in November, and his candidacy represents a sharp leftward shift that will ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: London Breed Wins Mayoral Race

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Former state Sen. Mark Leno conceded defeat in the San Francisco mayor’s race Wednesday to Supervisor London Breed. “I called Supervisor London Breed this morning to congratulate her and to wish her every success both personally and professionally in her new job as mayor of San Francisco,” Leno said in a news conference at a ...

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NEW YORK: Openly Gay Rep. Sean Maloney To Run For State AG And US House Reelection Simultaneously

The New York Daily News reports: Upstate Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Wednesday will formally announce he’s running for state attorney general at the same time he’s seeking re-election to Congress. Maloney said he will try to petition his way onto the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot for attorney general. He said if he wins the nomination, he will immediately ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Mayoral Candidate Mark Leno Holds Thin Lead, Would Be City’s First Openly Gay Mayor

San Francisco’s Fox affiliate reports: The race to see who will become San Francisco’s next mayor is still up in the air as of this morning with former state Sen. Mark Leno holding a narrow lead over Board of Supervisors president London Breed. Initial results from Tuesday’s election indicated a large margin in first-place votes for Breed. However, once San ...

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ALABAMA: LGBT Group Rescinds Job Offer For Gay Politician Over Suggestion That Gov Is Secretly Lesbian

The Birmingham Herald reports: State Rep. Patricia Todd has had her employment offer from a Florida LGBTQ nonprofit rescinded for strongly suggesting that Gov. Kay Ivey is gay and deserves to be outed, the organization announced Thursday. Todd, Alabama’s first openly gay state lawmaker, was set to become executive director of the One Orlando Alliance — a group formed in ...

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Alabama Gov Issues Her Second Denial Of “Disgraceful, Disgusting Lie” That She Is A Closeted Lesbian [VIDEO]

“This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful. It’s a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left wing liberal political operative. There is absolutely no truth to it. It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald faced lie. And I’m not gonna let them get away with it. Whether these attacks are malicious or ignorant or both – ...

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ALABAMA: Gay Lawmaker Suggests Gov. Kay Ivey Is A Closeted Lesbian, Ivey Spox Calls It A “Disgusting Lie”

The Birmingham Herald reports: Patricia Todd, Alabama’s only openly gay state legislator, posted comments on social media Tuesday night suggesting that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is gay. Todd, who is not seeking re-election to office this year, posted the comments on Facebook and Twitter. The Ivey campaign denied the accusation. “This is a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid ...

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NEW MEXICO: Local Television Runs Ad From Gay US House Candidate Saying “Fuck The NRA” [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: A Democratic congressional candidate is out with a new TV ad using far more explicit language than the usual political spot. “Fuck the NRA,” Pat Davis says in the 15-second ad. “Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers and dead fathers.” Davis is an Albuquerque city council member running for the Democratic nomination ...

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POLAND: Gay Mayor Announces Presidential Bid

Gay Star News reports: Poland’s first openly gay mayor, might just become the country’s first ever openly gay president. Robert Biedroń is throwing his hat in the presidential campaign ahead of a national vote in 2020. Even though the election is a few years away, recent polls show one in every four Poles is willing to vote for Biedroń. This ...

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CALIFORNIA: State Senate Gets First LGBT Leader

The Associated Press reports: San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate’s top job. A former Assembly speaker, Atkins is taking over the post of Senate president pro tem from fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon as the chamber gears up for election season and faces ...

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Pence Bans Press From Meeting With Gay Irish PM

The Indianapolis Star reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s breakfast with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was closed to the media — at the request of the vice president. In a departure from the recent past, reporters were told Friday’s event to be attended by Pence and Varadkar will be private and the media won’t be invited. Pence also had ...

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Corey Johnson Elected NYC Council Speaker [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Corey Johnson was elected City Council speaker in an overwhelming vote Wednesday, capping months of maneuvering that will make him the city’s second-most-powerful elected official. Johnson — a Manhattan Democrat who is gay and HIV positive — was chosen in a 48-1 vote. Councilwoman Inez Barron, who mounted her own last-minute bid for speaker ...

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Gay Man Set To Become New York City Council Speaker

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio gave his blessing Thursday to a deal that is likely to make Councilman Corey Johnson the next City Council speaker. Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, sewed up the backing Wednesday of the Queens and Bronx county Democratic leaders, who brought with them support from enough Council members to give him the win. ...

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Aussie MP Proposes During Marriage Debate [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery. “In my first speech I defined our bond by ...

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Seattle Elects Openly Lesbian Mayor

The Advocate reports: Jenny Durkan has been elected mayor of Seattle, making her the city’s first out lesbian mayor and its first woman mayor since the 1920s. Durkan won 61 percent of the vote, more than 21 percentage points ahead of her opponent, Cary Moon, The Seattle Times reports. Durkan is a former federal prosecutor, having been appointed U.S. attorney ...

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SERBIA: Lesbian PM Attends Pride With Heavy Security

The Associated Press reports: Serbia’s first-ever openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country. Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading “For change,” pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Ireland’s Gay Prime Minister Calls For Marriage Equality At Belfast Pride Event

Reuters reports: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar attended a gay rights event on Saturday during his first official visit to Northern Ireland, upsetting some social conservatives in the only region of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is still illegal. Varadkar, who became Ireland’s first openly gay leader when he took office in June, joined activists preparing for Northern Ireland’s ...

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TEXAS: Dallas Eagle Owner To Challenge Greg Abbott

The Dallas Voice reports: Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne on Friday, July 14, announced that he is running for governor of Texas, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, who he characterizes as a “disaster for Texans” and a governor who “offers nothing in the way of new ideas.” “Texas needs a governor who believes in real Texas values, like integrity, honesty, freedom ...

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SERBIA: Lawmakers Elect Openly Gay Prime Minister

The Associated Press reports: Serbian lawmakers have elected a lesbian as the country’s first female prime minister, making history in the predominantly conservative Balkan country. Parliament voted 157-55 on Thursday to approve the government of 41-year-old Ana Brnabic, who became the nation’s first openly gay head of government. Serbia’s powerful President Aleksandar Vucic nominated the Western-educated Brnabic for the post ...

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SERBIA: President Nominates Gay Prime Minister

The Associated Press reports: Serbia’s president on Thursday nominated the highly conservative country’s first openly gay prime minister, a move likely to infuriate both the Christian Orthodox church and ultranationalists. President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Ana Brnabic, 41, was nominated as the prime minister-designate, which could also make her the first female head of government in the country’s history. Her ...

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