Oregon Governor Kate Brown won an historic re-election late Tuesday night. The Democrat, who is bisexual, is one of two openly LGBTQ persons to be elected governor in U.S. history.

 

Under Brown’s leadership as governor, Oregon has protected LGBTQ youth from the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy” and extended critical protections for transgender students in Oregon schools. During her time as Senate Majority Leader, she played a key role in passing Oregon’s LGBTQ-invlusive non-discrimination law.

 

“Kate Brown hasn’t just made history, she’s made life better for countless LGBTQ people in Oregon during her career in public service -- and will continue to do so,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Whether it’s banning the dangerous practice of so-called conversion therapy or fighting for non-discrimination protections, Kate Brown has stood with and fought for the LGBTQ community throughout her career -- making Oregon an even stronger, more vibrant and inclusive state. HRC was proud to endorse Kate Brown and we look forward to continuing our work because we know she will always make LGBTQ equality and the principles of fairness and equality a priority.”

 

Editor's Note:  Also on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis became the next governor of Colorado and the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor. (New Jersey Governor James McGreevey came out as a gay man in 2004 shortly before resigning his office. While he was the first openly LGBT governor in U.S. history, McGreevey was not out when he was elected in 2001.) 

 

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