Lesbians have been making political history in the United States for over 50 years, with many of them being among the groundbreakers of the LGBTQ+ community. From the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to any political office to the first out U.S. senator, these women have made significant contributions to the political landscape of the country. And as we approach June, which is Pride Month, Aqua Girl, a non-profit 501c3 in Florida, is celebrating these women who have made political history.
Aqua Foundation For Women, the only non-profit 501c3 in Florida by and for LGBTQ+ women since 2004, has been the voice dedicated to serving and supporting LGBTQ+ women. The partnership between Aqua Girl and Hotspots Happening Out Television Network's 10 pillars of the LGBTQ+ community has brought attention to the significant role that lesbians and queer women have played in the country's political history.
The Aqua Foundation for Women's Executive Director, spoke about the importance of this news about lesbian and queer women. “Aqua celebrates the lesbians who've made USA political history. Lesbians have been making political history in the U.S for 50 years with many of them being among the groundbreakers of the LGBTQ+ Community, the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to any political office, first out U.S senator and more.”
Brewer also urged people to support Aqua Foundation's vital mission by sharing, volunteering, and donating. Aqua Foundation's mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.
The Aqua Girl celebration of these significant LGBTQ+ women includes some notable names, such as Kathy Kozachenko, who was the first out member of the LGBTQ+ community elected to any political office in the U.S. She won a City Council seat in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in April 1974. Elaine Noble was the first out candidate elected to a state legislature. Roberta Achtenberg was the first Senate-confirmed out presidential appointee, nominated by President Bill Clinton to be assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Tammy Baldwin was elected as the nation‘s first out U.S. senator, and Charisse Davids was one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress and the first gay one. Karine Jean-Pierre, a lesbian and longtime activist, became the first African-American and first out LGBTQ+ person to be the White House Press Secretary.
These women have all broken barriers and shattered glass ceilings in their respective fields, and their contributions to American politics have been significant. It is essential to recognize their achievements and honor their legacies, not just during Pride Month, but throughout the year.
In conclusion, Aqua Girl's celebration of these lesbians who have made U.S. political history highlights the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ women in American politics. These women have been pioneers in their respective fields, breaking barriers and making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ people across the country. As we celebrate Pride Month, it is essential to recognize their achievements and continue to support initiatives that promote LGBTQ+ wellness and equality.