Keith St. John became the first Black out LGBTQ+ person elected in the U.S. – and likely the world – when he won a seat on the Albany Common Council in New York in November 1989. St. John was also appointed by New York Governor Mario Cuomo to two positions – becoming one of the first Black out LGBTQ+ people appointed to government commissions. He served on the Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision and the Commission on Uniform State Laws. St. John was reelected to the Common Council seat in 1993.
Albany Common Council (1990 – 1998)