Ge­or­gia elects first openly gay man to Leg­is­la­ture

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Amidst the dis­be­lief over the 2016 elec­tion re­sults on Nov. 8, Ge­or­gia did have a glim­mer of hope: Gwin­nett County vot­ers elected Sam Park to the state House. Park, 31, up­set Repub­li­can Rep. Va­lerie Clark, and be­came Ge­or­gia’s fourth LGBT law­maker.

Park is the first openly gay man to get elected to the state Leg­is­la­ture, and he’s also the only Asian-Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 2017 state House. Park fol­lows in the foot­steps of for­mer leg­is­la­tor Rashad Tay­lor, who came out as gay while in of­fice and did not get re-elected af­ter­ward. Over a dozen gay men have run for leg­isla­tive seats, and Park is the first to suc­ceed, beat­ing a three-term Repub­li­can in­cum­bent to do so.

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