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Kathy Kozachenko

First out LGBTQ+ person ever elected to public office in the U.S.

In 1974, while still a college student, Kathy Kozachenko ran for Ann Arbor City Council in Michigan and won by 52 votes, becoming the first out LGBTQ+ person ever elected in the United States – and likely the world. She ran on a platform to enforce the city’s human rights ordinance, which protected gay and lesbian people in housing and employment. She served one term.

Ann Arbor City Council (1974 –1976)

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