LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame
The LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame – launched in April 2021 – honors the LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates who made significant contributions to advancing LGBTQ political power and equality.
Here is the founding class consisting of former LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates inducted in April 2021.
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1993 – 1995)
First out LGBTQ Senate-confirmed presidential appointee.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1994 – 2020)
First out LGBTQ federal court judge.
Georgia House of Representatives (2009 – 2015)
First out Black lesbian elected to a U.S. state legislature.
United States Secretary of the Army (2016 – 2017)
First out LGBTQ head of any service in the U.S. military.
Rio de Janeiro City Council (2017 – 2018)
One of the first out LGBTQ people elected in Brazil.
U.S. House of Representatives (1981 – 2013)
One of the first out LGBTQ members of Congress.
Mayor of Tempe (1994 – 2004)
First out LGBTQ mayor of a midsize U.S. city.
Seattle City Council (1992 – 1995)
First out LGBTQ Black lesbian elected in the U.S.
U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1999 – 2001)
First out LGBTQ U.S. ambassador.
Kim Coco Iwamoto
Hawaii Board of Education (2006 – 2011)
First out trans person to win a statewide election.
Ann Arbor City Council (1974 – 1976)
First out LGBTQ person ever elected.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1978)
First out LGBTQ elected official in California.
Massachusetts House of Representatives (1975 – 1979)
First out LGBTQ person elected to a state legislature.
Mayor of Houston (2010 – 2016)
First out LGBTQ mayor of a top-10 American city.
California state Assembly (2008 – 2014)
First out LGBTQ speaker of the California state Assembly.
Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1961)
First out LGBTQ person to ever run for office.
Prime Minister of Iceland (2009 – 2013)
First out LGBTQ person in the world elected head of government.
Minnesota state Senate (1973 – 2001)
First out LGBTQ leader of a state legislature.
Keith St. John
Albany Common Council (1990 – 1998)
First out LGBTQ Black person elected in the U.S.