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Out & elected in New York.

1977: Hunter College political science professor Ken Sherrill is New York Cites first openly gay elected official, becoming a Democratic Party district leader.

1990: Deborah Glick's election to the New York state assembly makes her its first out member, representing lower Manhattan.

1991: Thomas K. Duane and Antonio Pagan are elected as New York's first openly gay city council members. Duane, who campaigned as an HIV-positive person, is the nation's first such elected official as well.

1997: After decades of gay and AIDS rights advocacy, Philip Reed is elected as the first openly gay black city council member.

1997: Public-housing advocate Margarita Lopez, in winning a city council seat, becomes the first openly lesbian Puerto Rican elected U.S. official.

1998: Duane wins election as the first out state senator.

1999: Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project former executive director Christine Quinn, who was Duane's chief of staff for five years when he was on the city council, is elected to succeed Duane on the council.

2006: Elected to lead the council, Quinn takes the helm as its first out speaker [see page 4]. The post is considered second only to the mayor's in power.
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Title Annotation:TIME LINE
Author:Romesburg, Don
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 14, 2006
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