First Openly LGBT Governor Is Elected in America

Kate Brown, Governor of the state of Oregon, is openly bisexual.

Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura - The Oregonian
Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura – The Oregonian

Brown, buoyed by a wave of new voters and a solid edge in Democratic voter registration, jumped to a nearly double-digit lead over Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor making his first bid for elective office.

She thanked supporters during an election-night rally at the Oregon Convention Center, saying, “”No matter how you voted, thank you for making your voices heard, thank you for caring about the future of your state and thank you for your support.”

Kate Brown / Wikipedia
Kate Brown / Wikipedia (Public Domain)

In a speech interrupted by frequent applause, she touched on topics including gun control, mass transit, jobs, the economy, climate change, women’s rights, conservation, the economy and education.

Brown added, “I am so honored to be serving as your governor for the next two years.”

In closing, she said, “”I believe that the times call upon us to take action, and I believe that if we work together we can shape both the place and the times in which we live. Let’s work together to make Oregon, our home, a place where everyone can thrive.”

Brown said before the election she was planning to run again in 2018 if she won.

Pierce, after seeing the first returns, took the stage at the Oregon Republicans election night party at the Salem Convention Center to congratulate Brown “on a hard-fought campaign.”
The state of Oregon is one of the most progressive states in the United States, where LGBT people have the same rights as cisgender heterosexual individuals.
On June 10, 2016, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to non-binary, which is believed to be  the first ruling of its kind in the United States.

 

Source: The Oregonian

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