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  •  Anecdotally (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    I read about a lot of gay pols, and it seemed like I read about a lot more lesbians than gay men, especially at the highest levels.  Christine Quinn, Annise Parker--but on the other side, John Perez and Barney Frank.  However, looking into this at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, there are 284 gay male elected officials in the U.S., and only 153 lesbians.

    http://www.glli.org/...

     The reason for my misunderstanding might be chronology.  If you look at California, there are more gay male legislators than lesbians now, but the first four were all women:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/....

    If you look on wiki at the first state legislator from each state, there are 16 women and 20 men--but some of them came out after they were elected.  

    Perhaps I was just mistaken.  I also notice, anecdotally, that in red states, the first/only gay state legislator tends to be a woman--Cathy Connolly in Wyoming, Patricia Todd in Alabama, Jackie Biskupski in Utah (which now has some men too), Kathy Webb in Arkansas,  Nicole LeFevour in Idaho.  But some men, too, in the reddest states.  Interesting question.

    25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:56:47 PM PDT

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    •  Digging deeper (0+ / 0-)

      There are 46 gay male state legislators right now:
      AZ-4
      CA-4
      CO-1
      CT-2
      HI-1
      IA-1
      IL-1
      MA-2
      MD-3
      ME-1
      MN-1
      MO-1
      MT-1
      NC-1
      NH-1(!)
      NJ-1
      NV-1
      NY-3
      OK-1
      RI-2
      VA-1
      VT-3
      WA-5
      WI-2

      There are 35 women:
      AL-1
      AR-1
      AZ-1
      CA-2
      CO-2
      CT-1
      GA-1
      ID-1
      IL-1
      MA-5
      MD-5
      MN-1
      MO-2
      MT-2
      NY-1
      OH-1
      OR-1
      RI-2
      UT-1
      VT-1
      WY-1

      (There's also Kysten Sinema of AZ and Micah Kellner of NY, both identify as bisexual.)

      That second list seems a bit redder than the first, but maybe I'm just trying to fit my preconceptions.  Can you believe there's only one of either variety in New Hampshire?

      Gay male legislators from red states: 4 from AZ, 1 from MO, 1 from MT, 1 from OK.  Women: 1 from AL, 1 from AR, 1 from AZ (or 2 with Sinema), 1 from GA, 1 from ID, 2 from MO, 2 from MT, 1 from UT, 1 from WY.  That's a few more women in red states than men--even though they all tend to be from liberal areas within those states.

      25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:17:24 PM PDT

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      •  Who from NC 01 is gay? (0+ / 0-)

        And is this person also black?

        •  It's not district number, my apologies (0+ / 0-)

          It's the number of gay legislators in each state.  As it happens, the fellow in North Carolina, Marcus Brandon. is black, but he represents "High Point, Pleasant Garden and Greensboro" according to his Twitter.  Until this session, there was still one LGBT state rep in North Carolina--a state Senator, Julia Boseman, representing New Hanover County.  

          25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Fri May 13, 2011 at 06:07:01 PM PDT

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      •  RI-01 too (0+ / 0-)

        House Speaker Gordon Fox is gay and he's from Fox Point which is in RI-01.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting)/IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Sat May 14, 2011 at 10:56:55 AM PDT

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