By Julie Compton
Forty-six years ago, on April 2, 1974, out lesbian Kathy Kozachenko was elected to the Ann Arbor City Council in Michigan — becoming the first openly gay person elected to political office in the United States. Then a 21-year-old University of Michigan student campaigning under the local (and now defunct) Human Rights Party, Kozachenko beat her lone Democratic opponent by 52 votes to little fanfare.
“Not a lot of people know about me,” Kozachenko, […]
Kathy Kozachenko made history in 1974 when she was elected, having run as an out lesbian. now, she wants more queer people of colour, more trans people, intersex people, queer immigrants and lesbians to run 🌈
what a ✨BABE✨ https://t.co/xHsI09KmJr
— Vic Parsons 🏳️⚧️ (@vicparsons_) April 3, 2020
46 years ago today, Kathy Kozachenko became the nation’s 1st openly #LGBTQ elected official — right here in MI on Ann Arbor’s City Council. In 2018, I was elected MI’s 1st out State Senator.
— Senator Jeremy Moss (@JeremyAllenMoss) April 2, 2020
— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) April 1, 2020