Black LGBTQIA+ Pioneers in Politics

Ron Oden

Ron was born March 21, 1950 in Detroit, MI. He is an American politician. He ran for congress in 2000. After serving on the city council for 8 years, he became the first openy gay African-American Mayor of Palm Springs, California in November 2003. Most famoulsy he stated, "I enjoy this arena -- there is nothing more empowering than knowing who you are, that you are where you are supposed to be, and that you're doing what you're supposed to do". 

Pat Spearman

Born in 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Pat served in the U.S. Army for 29 years before her political career. She started her political journey when she contested against the incumbent Senator of Nevada John Jay Lee in 2012 as a Democratic politician. She won the election and went ahead for a 2nd term which she also won against Republican Arsen Ter-Petrosyan keeping her in office till 2020. 

 

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is a poet, writer, performance artist and transgender activist, born on May 10, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She served as an aide to Elizabeth Glidden when she was elected to the City Council.

In 2016, she declared her intentions to represent Minneapolis' 8th Ward in the City Council. Then, she founded The Trans United Fund party with Hayden Mora to empower transgender candidates. On November 17, 2017, She won the election and was voted Vice President. Jenkins was re-elected to the City Council in November 2021 and was voted President on January 10, 2022.

 

Lori Lightfoot

Lori was born on August 4 1962 in Massillon, Ohio, United States. She is an attorney as well as a politician, being the first Black LGBT Mayor of a Major City in the United States. She was once the president of the Chicago Police Board. She ran for Mayor of Chicago in 2019 against Toni Preckwinkle and won on April 2, 2019. "Our children... deserve to grow up in an environment where fear is not their constant companion. And I'm determined to do everything I can to make sure every kid - in every neighborhood regardless of zip code, economic status and race or ethnicity - is able to live a life of safety". -Lori Lightfoot

 

Vernetta Alston

Vernetta was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She is an attorney and a politician. Her journey started in 2009, where she worked at the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation. Here, she was involved in the successful exoneration of Henry McCollum, a man who spent 30 years on death row innocent. She served in the Durham City Council for two years. Later on in 2020, she was appointed as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and is currently a member.

 

 Marcus Brandon

Marcus Brandon was born on January 18, 1975. After his education, he went to his hometown, Guilford County. There, he became a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, in 2010. During this period, he was the only open gay member of the North Carolina General Assembly. In 2014, he was going to represent the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina at the U.S. Hoise, but lost to Alma Adams in May 6, 2014. Marcus now works as a legislator. Marcus was recognized for his leadership and awarded Legislator of the Year by Parents for Educational Freedom, Black Alliance for Educational Options and Democrats for Education Reform.

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