Patty Murray: A Role Model for Young People

Patty Murray Wins Sixth Term in Washington

The election of Patty Murray to the U.S. Senate from Washington has been a highly-successful election for the progressive movement. Patty was the first openly LGBT person to run for major office in the United States. She beat a well-established conservative Republican incumbent, Dino Rossi for the seat previously held by former Congressmember and current Governor Gregoire. To put her victory in perspective, both Rossi and Murray are members of the Democratic caucus.

But while Patty Murray has been a big part of the Democratic Party for decades, she has been an open LGBT activist well before her election to Congress, making her that much more a role model for young people. In fact Patty is the former Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where she worked for more than a decade. She is currently the Vice President of the LGBT Democratic Caucus where she represents Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Murray was a staunch advocate for the LGBT community before she ever began her service in public office.

In her early activist years, Murray served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation Washington and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She also worked at the Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. where she helped to lead the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force. While serving on the Task Force, she participated in events such as Pride events and marched in the 2006 Stonewall Riots.

Murray has since traveled the country making television and radio appearances on television shows such as the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Live with Regis and Kelly and other major news and news magazine shows. She has also appeared on numerous television programs and news programs around the country.

It seems as though her public service has now come to a close, but there is still plenty of good we can do together for queer and marginalized people in our community. Murray will be the first openly LGBT person to serve as the Chair of the powerful Senate Human Rights Committee.

She will be one of only two openly LGBT Senators, and

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