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From José Sarria to Danica Roem and Mayor Pete: LGBTQ+ Candidates Past and Present - Dr. Jason Pierceson (Part of Hispanic Heritage Month & Queertober)

Event Type
Conference/Workshop
Sponsor
Gender & Sexuality Student Services Office, Diversity Center
Location
PAC Conference Room H
Date
Oct 14, 2019   4:30 - 6:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Jason Pierceson
Contact
Kerry Poynter
E-Mail
kpoyn2@uis.edu
Phone
217-206-8316
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Originating Calendar
Gender and Sexuality Student Services

This lecture will examine the history of openly LGBTQ+ candidates and elected officials, starting with José Sarria who ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. While unsuccessful, Sarria’s candidacy paved the way for Harvey Milk over a decade later. Women were the first openly LGBTQ+ candidates to be elected in 1974, with the election of Kathy Kozachenko to the city council of Ann Arbor and Elaine Noble to the Massachusetts legislature. More recent groundbreaking candidates such as Danica Roem, Lori Lightfoot, and Pete Buttigieg will be discussed, in addition to the unique factors contributing to the decisions of LGBTQ+ candidates to run and factors contributing to their success.

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