Openly LGBT Public Officials Update
January 4, 2010
You may have noticed that Back Story was taking a much needed break for the holidays but I wanted to catch up on a few important developments for openly LGBT people in public office. First, today Annise Parker was publicly sworn-in as mayor of Houston, Tex. She is the first openly lesbian woman (and one of the few women generally) to run a major American city. Houston ranks fourth in population behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Also last week, the Obama administration appointed Amanda Simpson to a post as a senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. She is the first known transgender person appointed to an administration post and brings significant experience as a former test pilot, aerospace and defense expert and LGBT community activist. Finally, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sharon Lubinski last month as the first openly lesbian U.S. marshal and the first woman marshal in Minnesota. Previously she was the assistant police chief in Minneapolis.