In 1997, Jay Fisette became Virginia’s first openly-gay elected official in the state when he was elected to the Arlington County Board of Supervisors.
At age 23, he moved to San Francisco for 18 months, which grounded his confidence in his identity as a gay man. Coming out helped develop his core values, like an appreciation for the underdog, a commitment to privacy rights, and the separation of church and state. Jay is also an avid environmentalist.
Jay finished his graduate work in political science at the University of Pittsburg then moved to the Washington D. C. area in search of a home, a job and a boyfriend. Ultimately, he found all three.
In 2008, Jay and his partner, Bob Rosen celebrated their 25th anniversary together.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]