LGBTQ* People and Events You Should Know
Gerry Studds - Congress 1983
Gerry Studds (pictured above), a representative of Massachusetts, comes out on the House floor following a series of allegations about Studds and a younger page. Studds admits to any wrongful judgement and action. He later follows up the controversy by coming out to his constituents. Studds becomes the first open homosexual in Congress.
”It is not a simple task for any of us to meet adequately the obligations of either public or private life, let alone both, but these challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as I am, both an elected public official and gay.”— Gerry Studds
(Now, before anyone emails me that we shouldn’t give praise or attention to an adult man who had a relationship with a teen (17 years old), it is VERY IMPORTANT to know who, when and why people have come out at political level. Studds is part of queer American history and politics. Thus the reason he is receiving this post. - Rebecca)