- Kathy Kozachenko
1974, Kathy Kozachenko's successful bid for a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigancity council made her the first openly gayor lesbianAmerican to run successfully for political office.
Kozachenko ran on the ticket of the local, progressive Human Rights Party (HRP), which had already succeeded in winning two Ann Arbor council seats in
Kozachenko's HRP predecessor in the Second Ward council seat,
Nancy Wechsler, had come outas a lesbianduring her first and only term on city council, thus becoming the first openly lesbian public-office holder in the United States. However, Wechsler did not win office as an open lesbian; thus, Kozachenko was the first openly gayor lesbiancandidate to win public office in the United States.
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