15 Openly Gay US Politicians

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List of Openly Gay US Politicians, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. While a 2013 Gallup Poll revealed that the majority of Americans support gay marriage, the topic is still very controversial in the United States Congress. Several politicians are openly gay, and these trail blazers are pushing gay rights forward in the United States.

Who is the most famous U.S. politician who is openly gay? Tammy Baldwin tops our list. The Wisconsin Senator made headlines when she became the first openly gay person to be elected to the United States Senate in January of 2013. She previously served in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Congresswomen, is openly bisexual.

Perhaps the most outspoken openly gay U.S. politician is Barney Frank. The Massachusetts Congressman has been in office since 1981. In 1987, he became the first U.S. politician to voluntarily come out as gay. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston. Other openly gay men who served in congress include Jim Kolbe, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Jared Polis.

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  1. Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first openly lesbian member of the Wisconsin Assembly when she was elected in 1993. In 1999, she became the first openly gay person elected to the House of Representatives. 

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
  2. Gerry Studds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Gerry Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress, though he was outed after a 1983 scandal wherein he had a relationship with a 17 year-old male congressional page.  He married his long-time partner Dean T. Hara on May 24, 2004, in Boston.

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1937-2006)
    • Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  3. Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank is the most outspoken gay politician in the U.S. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston.

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Hudson County, Bayonne, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Politician
    • Credits: The Party's Over
  4. Steve Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Wisconsin Congressman Steve Gunderson was outed during a congressional debate in 1994.  Although he is a republican, Gunderson has been an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage.

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  5. Jim Kolbe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, came out as gay in 1996.  He became the first gay person to ever speak at the Republican National Convention in 2000.

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  6. Jared Polis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Colorado Congressman Jared Polis is openly gay.  He is the primary sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which hopes to end sexual discrimination of children and teens in school.

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    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur
  7. Mark Pocan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan is openly gay.  He married his longtime partner on November 24, 2006 in Toronto.

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician
  8. Kyrsten Sinema is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 15 Openly Gay US Politicians
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    Arizona Congresswomen Kyrsten Sinema is openly bisexual, although she is reported to dislike labels of any kind. She is a strong supporter of the Dream Act, which would provide residency to qualifying immigrants.

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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