This Year In Pennsylvania, These Openly LGBTQ Candidates Won Office

A list of openly LGBTQ people who won elected office in Pennsylvania in 2023. Each time I create a post like this, I am humbled to think of how much has changed since I began blogging in December 2005. At that point, an openly gay man won office on Wilkinsburg Council in the 90s, but no one else had successfully done so since. That changed in 2006 with a judicial candidate and in 2007 with a candidate for City Council

I track through the Victory Fund, traditional media, and word of mouth. Please reach out to me with other openly LGBTQ elected who should be included. We will reach out with a request for a Q&A for the permanent record.

More will come. Soon this roundup might be unnecessary. But with a very large commonwealth and a lot of elected offices, we must always remain vigilant.

Jess Branas, white cisgender lesbian, Upper Darby Town Council

Andrea Ditillo white cisgender lesbian,Churchill Borough Council

Katrina Eames Asian/Pacific Islander Genderqueer/Non-Binary queer person, Northgate School Board

Brad Iannuzzi white cisgender gay man,Etna Borough Council

Daniel Kolbe white cisgender gay man,State College School Board

UPDATED: A List of Out LGBTQ Elected Officials in Pennsylvania: Historical Work in Progress

Rue Landau white cisgender lesbian, Philadelphia City Council

Chesley Lightsey white cisgender lesbian, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Amelia McMillan white gendernonconforming queer person, Central York School Board

Daniel Miller white cisgender gay man, Harrisburg City Treasurer

Fred Quinn III Black cisgender LGBTQ person, Swissvale Borough

Jessica Rothchild, Scranton City Council

James Sabatino white cisgender gay man, Luzerne County Council

Abigail Salisbury white cisgender Jewish bisexual woman, Pennsylvania State Representative

Lori Schreiber white cisgender lesbian, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts

Ashley Smith white cisgender bisexual woman, Franklin City Council

Bryan Tate York County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Tyler Titus – white transgender non-binary queer person, Erie City Council

Damien Warsavage – multiracial cisgender gay man, Upper Darby School Board

How much the world has changed since 2005.

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