Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Openly Gay Candidates Who Are Winning and What it Means For The LGBT Community's Future

Matthew Vanderpool, who is an openly gay 24 year old has won the democratic primary for the 45th District of Kentucky's House of Representatives. This young man who had to drop out of college won with only $150.00 in campaign donations.

Although there is a lot of controversy going on regarding LGBT related issues such as, Don’t ask Don’t Tell, Enda, and the Repeal of DOMA, it appears that the controversy is not extending to the ballot box. Not only has Mr. Vanderpool won the primary, there are others who have been winning at the ballot box as well. Lucia Guzman, an openly lesbian candidate and an ordained minister as well as former Denver school board member, has recently become Colorado’s 4th openly gay legislator. She is in good company. Craig Lowe, also openly gay, became mayor of Gainesville, Florida in April. Annise Parker, who became  Houston's  openly lesbian Mayor in December is also among them.There are many others which for spacial reasons, I will not list here.




It seems that All the hullabaloo over gays and all the tactics of anti gay organizations like those of NOM (National Organization for Marriage) are falling on deaf ears. Can it be that America is beginning to realize that those of us that are openly gay do not ( nor want to) pose a threat against our fellow citizens? I believe so. Why else would so many openly gays be winning at voting time? It is truly amazing that even with the ad that NOM has just taken out accusing (as always) that “gays are seeking to eliminate traditional marriage”, America is not buying into homophobic foolishness and stereotypes.

We who are LGBT citizens also believe in heterosexual marriages. I for one am glad that my mom and dad were married. I have many good memories of the telling (and retelling) of my parents wedding. It is why I myself want the chance to have my marriage recognized legally, after 14 years. Perhaps those that are being elected as openly gay and lesbian politicians will continue to show that we are not against heterosexuals or traditional marriage.

In the end, as many gay and straight politicians have said, it’s not a matter of what sexual orientation a candidate has, it’s a matter of how hard a candidate will work to better the lives, both gay and straight, of his or her constituents. Isn’t that what really matters?

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