Openly Gay Man Elected in Alabama

October 10, 2007 at 10:39 am 2 comments

Activist Howard Bayless yesterday became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in Alabama. Howard was elected to the Birmingham Board of Education. He is a longtime activist in the fight for LGBT equality in Alabama.

His election follows on the heels of State Representative Patricia Todd, the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to office in the state.

Howard made sure to give a shout out to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund for helping his winning campaign. The Victory Fund is an amazing organization that focuses on electing openly LGBT people to political office.

Howard is a graduate of the Candidate and Campaign Training program run by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute. Rep. Todd also was trained under the program before winning her historic race last year.

Much love: PageOneQ and Queerty


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Campaigns, LGBT, Politics.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  October 10, 2007 at 10:51 am

    That’s great. I’m sure he’s going to have one hell of a fight on his hands though. Hats off to him.

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  October 10, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Howard is a pretty awesome guy. It may take a little longer to achieve equality for LGBT in Alabama than other states, but that day will come.


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