Neil Giuliano was first elected to the Tempe, Arizona city council in 1990 and won his race for mayor in 1994. After his re-election in 1996, he came out while in office, prompting efforts by anti-LGBTQ+ politicians to recall him, although the recall effort never reached the ballot. Giuliano would go on to win two more terms while out, becoming the first out LGBTQ+ person elected mayor of a midsize U.S. city. In 2005, he would become President & CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), serving in the position for nearly four years. He is currently an LGBTQ+ Victory Fund board member.
Mayor of Tempe (1994 – 2004)
Tempe City Council (1990 – 1994)