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11/04/2013

Openly gay Michaud looks popular opinion in eye, comes out as member of U.S. Congress

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 At 5.59.20 AmAnother sitting member of the U.S. Congress has come out as gay:

Mike Michaud: Yes, I am gay. ‘But why should it matter?’ [Bangor Daily News]

This brings the number to seven current members of the House (Michaud, Maloney, Simena, Pocan, Takano, Polis, Cicilline) who are openly L, G, or B, plus one (Baldwin) in the Senate. Which, when considered in the course of Congress' long and mostly LGBT-exclusionary history, represents a great gain. But when considering that there are 435 members in the House and 100 in the Senate? Eight is still not enough.

What does make this development more fascinating is the fact that Michaud is running for governor in his home state of Maine, which would mean that if he's elected, he'd correct a truly startling stat for 2013: the one reminding us that no openly LGBT person has ever been elected to the executive office in any of our states. Time to inaugurate that change!

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