Georgia elects first openly gay man to Legislature
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.