List of LGBT members of the United States Congress
This is a list of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans in the U.S. Congress. As of June 2016, there were seven openly LGBTQ members of the 115th Congress -- all Democrats. This list only includes people who are openly LGBTQ. Current members of congress are shaded in grey. There has never been an openly transgender member of congress.
|Pennsylvania||Democratic||1991–1995||Came out in 2016 after announcing plans to marry a man|
|Wisconsin||Democratic||2013–present||First openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the Senate|
House of Representatives
|Connecticut||Republican||1971–1987||Died of complications due to AIDS, never came out publicly|
|Maryland||Republican||1973–1981||Came out after his time in Congress|
|Texas||Democratic||1973-1979||Never came out publicly, and her relationship with Nancy Earl, which began in the 1960s, was first publicly announced in an obituary published after Jordan's death in 1996.|
|Massachusetts||Democratic||1973–1997||Came out in 1983 after congressional page scandal; first member of Congress to come out as gay; First openly gay committee chairman (Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 1990–1995)|
|Mississippi||Republican||1979–1981||Came out after his time in Congress|
|Massachusetts||Democratic||1981–2013||Came out in 1987; first member of Congress to be in a same-sex marriage while in office|
|Wisconsin||Republican||1981–1997||Outed on the floor of the House in 1994, and became the first openly gay Republican representative.|
|Arizona||Republican||1985–2007||Came out in 1996 after voting for the Defense of Marriage Act, and was the first openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention He was the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress.|
|California||Republican||1993–1995||Came out as bisexual in 1998, the first known bisexual person to have been elected to Congress.|
|Florida||Republican||1995–2006||Came out after congressional page incidents.|
|Wisconsin||Democratic||1999–2013||First out lesbian to be elected to Congress|
|Maine||Democratic||2003–2015||Came out in 2013.|
|Colorado||Democratic||2009–present||First gay man to be out at the time of his first election, first gay parent in Congress|
|Sean Patrick Maloney
|California||Democratic||2013–present||First openly LGBT person of color to be elected to Congress|
|Wisconsin||Democratic||2013–present||First openly gay member to immediately succeed another openly gay member (succeeded Tammy Baldwin)|
|Arizona||Democratic||2013–present||First openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress|
- Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
- List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United States
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Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall - straight, gay or in between. I don't categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.
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