LGBTQ Candidate Victories in PA

From The Philly Gay News I learned that two openly gay candidates were successful in their bid for office.

Common Pleas Court Judge Dan Anders, who became the first openly gay male on the bench in Pennsylvania when Gov. Rendell appointed him to fill a vacancy in 2007, captured about 7 percent of the vote — the fifth-highest among the nearly two-dozen candidates who were vying for one of the seven 10-year terms.

Open lesbian Dawn Segal also came out on top in the Municipal Court race, receiving the third-highest number of votes out of the 10 contenders seeking one of the four open seats, with about 14 percent of the vote.

Also good news from Harrisburg (please stop with the “Alabama in between” metaphors — Hburg is as much or more progressive as Pittsburgh):

In Harrisburg, openly gay City Councilman Dan Miller was nominated for City Controller. Miller ran unopposed after incumbent James McCarthy was disqualified for missing a filing deadline.

Something interesting to note.  If you Google openly gay politicians in Pennsylvania, you will find several lists compiled by the wingnuts for “action” efforts at the top of the search results.  For a complete list of the 46 current  officials who are openly gay, go to the Victory Fund page.  I learned that Philadelphia's Mayor has a Director for LGBT Affairs.  Hmmm.  Anyway, note that list of 46 includes appointees to boards and commissions which is where most of the openly gay women are included.

I want to be on the State Board for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.  As a non-clinical social worker, I'm not part of that side of the profession, but still … 🙂



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