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José Sarria

First out LGBTQ+ person to ever run for office.

Jose Julio Sarria, aka “the Widow Norton,” a famous drag performer at Black Cat Café and founder of the Imperial Court, ran for San Francisco Supervisor in 1961. He was the first out LGBTQ+ person to ever run for public office. Sarria garnered roughly 6,000 votes in a citywide election with thirty-four candidates, demonstrating to shocked politicians that there was a consolidated LGBTQ+ constituency. Although he lost, he inspired a new generation of LGBTQ+ people to consider a run for office.

Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1961)

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