Alabama Elects its First Openly Gay Official

ToddPatricia Todd today became the first openly gay elected official in that state’s history, winning the House District 54 runoff race in Birmingham by a narrow margin. This is a very positive step toward alleviating homophobia in a state that sits squarely in the center of the Bible Belt. Said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund: The road to equality in Alabama is a mile shorter today. Gays and lesbians in Alabama will now have what all Americans deserve — a voice and a vote. Alabama knows well what a single voice can accomplish. We applaud Patricia’s courage in stepping up to be heard.”