List of LGBT members of the United States Congress
This is a list of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans in the U.S. Congress. As of January 2019[update], there were ten openly LGBTQ members of the 116th Congress – all Democrats. This list only includes people who are openly LGBTQ or were outed in obituaries. Current members of Congress are shaded in gray. There has never been an openly transgender member of Congress.
|Party||State||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|Democratic||Pennsylvania||1991||1995||Announced plans to marry a man in 2016|
|Democratic||Wisconsin||2013||present||First openly gay Senator|
|Democratic||Arizona||2019||present||First openly bisexual Senator|
House of Representatives
|Party||State||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|Republican||Connecticut||1971||1987||Outed in obituary|
|Republican||Maryland||1973||1981||Outed while in office (1980)|
|Democratic||Texas||1973||1979||Outed in obituary|
|Democratic||Massachusetts||1973||1997||First member of Congress to come out in office, during the 1983 congressional page sex scandal|
First openly gay member of Congress to be reelected after outing
|Republican||Mississippi||1979||1981||Outed while in office (1980)|
|Democratic||Massachusetts||1981||2013||Came out in office (1987)|
First member of Congress in a same-sex marriage (2012)
|Republican||Wisconsin||1981||1997||Outed on the floor of the House (1994)|
First openly gay Republican to be reelected after outing
|Republican||Arizona||1985||2007||Came out in office, after voting for the Defense of Marriage Act (1996)|
First openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention
|Republican||California||1993||1995||Came out after serving in Congress (1998)|
First known bisexual member of Congress
Retired to run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from California
|Republican||Florida||1995||2006||Came out in office, during the 2006 congressional page scandal|
|Democratic||Wisconsin||1999||2013||First openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress|
First openly gay woman in Congress
Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
|Democratic||Maine||2003||2015||Came out in office (2013)|
Retired to run unsuccessfully for Governor of Maine
First same-sex parent in Congress (2011)
Retired to run successfully for Governor of Colorado
|Democratic||Rhode Island||2011||present||Openly gay|
|Democratic||New York||2013||present||Openly gay|
|Democratic||Arizona||2013||2019||First openly bisexual member of Congress|
Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Arizona
First openly gay person of color elected to Congress.
First same-sex mother in Congress
First non-incumbent elected to Congress in a same-sex marriage
First openly gay woman of color elected to Congress.
|Democratic||New Hampshire||2019||present||Openly gay|
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Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall - straight, gay or in between. I don't categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.
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