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Although it may seem surprising that Arlington would be ranked above areas with larger gay populations, such as San Francisco and New York City, it might make more sense when considering the non-traditional scoring process.
Out and Elected in the USA - The First 30 Years: is a survey, through black and white portraits and texts, of many of the pioneering openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals elected to public office in the US in those years. Fo r information on a touring exhibit version of the collection, contact Ron Schlittler at rlschlittler verizon.
I studied political science and always gravitated toward public policy and community building. I learned that government was a force for good, and public service was a noble profession. Then I discovered, or uncovered, my true sexual orientation.
The clarifying moment was upon my arrival in San Francisco at age After many years of denial, avoidance, angst and pain, these 18 months grounded my confidence in my true identity as a gay man. Ultimately, I found all three. Arlington, Virginia, minutes from downtown D. After we bought a house, my interests took a marked shift from international to local issues. As I became increasingly familiar with the Arlington community, my interest in running for office surfaced again — and it seemed feasible.
Arlington is an educated and diverse community with a proud progressive tradition dating back to the times of segregation. Those who associate Arlington with the generally conservative social policies of the Commonwealth of Virginia have gotten it wrong. In recent years Arlington has become the only jurisdiction in Virginia to provide domestic partner benefits to county employees.
I ran for a vacant County Board seat in a special election.
Lgbtq resources (local, commonwealth, and national)
My candidacy and primary victory surprised nearly everyone, yet I lost the general election with My experience of coming out as a gay man has enriched my life and surely contributed to the development of my core values, such as an appreciation for the underdog and a commitment to the separation of church and state, privacy rights, diversity, individual dignity and compassion.
These are the values I must call on every day. A full 80 percent of my work focuses on budget or land use issues.
Few specifically gay and lesbian issues come before the County Board. As Barney Frank once told me, the greatest contribution is in doing my job and doing it well each day. In order to create a world without prejudice, with equal opportunity, and in which gay and lesbian youth choose to live and become healthy, productive members of our society, people must come out — must be honest.
Out and Elected in the USA: Ron Schlittler Out and Elected in the USA - The First 30 Years: is a survey, through black and white portraits and texts, of many of the pioneering openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals elected to public office in the US in those years. Table of Contents.