Kate Brown, the Democratic candidate for Oregon’s highest office, won election yesterday making her the first openly bisexual Governor in the nation.
Brown was technically already the Governor of the state after former Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned for being involved in an influence-peddling scandal – but this marks the first successful campaign by a LGBTQ person for a state’s highest office.
“You can’t be what you can’t see,” she told the Washington Blade last month. “If I can be a role model for one young person that decides that their life is worth living because there’s someone like them in the world, it’s worth it.”
In a statement sent by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest equality group congratulated Brown on her win and what it means for LGBTQs in her state.
“Kate Brown hasn’t just made history, she’s made life better for countless LGBTQ people in Oregon during her career in public service,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Whether it’s banning dangerous conversion therapy or fighting for non-discrimination laws, Kate Brown has stood with and fought for the LGBTQ community throughout her career. HRC was proud to endorse Kate Brown because we know she will always make LGBTQ equality and the principles of fairness and equality a priority.”
Over the last four years as Governor, Brown banned the practice of conversion therapy on minors and created protections for transgender kids in the state’s public school system.