List of LGBT members of the United States Congress

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This is a list of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans in the U.S. Congress. As of June 2016, there were seven openly LGBTQ members of the 115th Congress -- all Democrats.[1] This list only includes people who are openly LGBTQ. Current members of congress are shaded in grey. There has never been an openly transgender member of congress.


Photo Senator
State Party Term Notes
Harriswofford.jpg Harris Wofford
(born 1926)
Pennsylvania Democratic 1991–1995 Came out in 2016 after announcing plans to marry a man[2]
Tammy Baldwin, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tammy Baldwin
(born 1962)
Wisconsin Democratic 2013–present First openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the Senate[3]

House of Representatives[edit]

Photo Representative
State Party Term Notes
Stewart McKinney.jpg Stewart McKinney
Connecticut Republican 1971–1987 Died of complications due to AIDS[4][5][6][7][8]
Robert Bauman US Congress photo portrait.jpg Robert Bauman
(born 1937)
Maryland Republican 1973–1981 Came out after his time in Congress[9]
Rep. Barbara Jordan - Restoration.jpg Barbara Jordan
Texas Democratic 1973-1979 Her relationship with Nancy Earl, which began in the 1960s, was first publicly announced in an obituary published after Jordan's death in 1996.[10]
S001040.jpg Gerry Studds
Massachusetts Democratic 1973–1997 Came out in office, after a congressional page scandal (1983). First member of Congress to come out as gay.[11]
Jon Hinson.jpg Jon Hinson
Mississippi Republican 1979–1981 Came out after his time in Congress[12]
Barneyfrank.jpg Barney Frank
(born 1940)
Massachusetts Democratic 1981–2013 Came out in office (1987). First member of Congress to be in a same-sex marriage while in office[13][14]
SteveGunderson.jpg Steve Gunderson
(born 1951)
Wisconsin Republican 1981–1997 Outed on the floor of the House (1994). Was the first openly gay Republican Representative.[15][16]
Jim Kolbe.jpg Jim Kolbe
(born 1942)
Arizona Republican 1985–2007 Came out in office, after voting for the Defense of Marriage Act (1996). Was the first openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention[17][18] He was the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress.[19]
Michael Huffington 1993 congressional photo.jpg Michael Huffington
(born 1947)
California Republican 1993–1995 Came out after his time in office. First known bisexual person to have been elected to Congress.[20]
Mark Foley, official 109th Congress photo.jpg Mark Foley
(born 1954)
Florida Republican 1995–2006 Came out in office, after a congressional page scandal (2006).[21]
Tammy Baldwin, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tammy Baldwin
(born 1962)
Wisconsin Democratic 1999–2013 Openly gay. First out lesbian to be elected to Congress[3]
Mike Michaud Official.jpg Mike Michaud
(born 1955)
Maine Democratic 2003–2015 Came out in office (2013).[22][23]
Jared Polis Official 2012.jpg Jared Polis
(born 1975)
Colorado Democratic 2009–present Openly gay[24]
David Cicilline, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg David Cicilline
(born 1961)
Rhode Island Democratic 2011–present Openly gay
Congressman Maloney official.jpg Sean Patrick Maloney
(born 1966)
New York Democratic 2013–present Openly gay
Mark Takano 113th Congress - full.jpg Mark Takano
(born 1960)
California Democratic 2013–present Openly gay. First openly LGBT person of color to be elected to Congress[25][26]
Mark Pocan official photo (cropped).jpg Mark Pocan
(born 1964)
Wisconsin Democratic 2013–present Openly gay
Kyrsten Sinema 113th Congress.jpg Kyrsten Sinema
(born 1976)
Arizona Democratic 2013–present Openly bisexual. First openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress[27][28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greve, Joan (June 15, 2016). "LGBT America: By the Numbers". Washington Week. PBS. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Wofford, Harris (April 23, 2016). "Finding love again, this time with a man". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Tammy Baldwin: Openly gay lawmaker could make history in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. October 19, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "AIDS Makes Another Chilling Advance, Claiming the Life of a Congressman". People. May 25, 1987. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ Houston, Paul (May 8, 1987). "Connecticut's McKinney, GOP Liberal, Dies of AIDS". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kimmey, Samantha (December 20, 2012). "Rep. Barney Frank Comments on Scalia, Prostitution, Marijuana and More". The Raw Story. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (August 23, 1989). "Congressman Killed by AIDS Led Secret Life, Gay Man Claims". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ May, Clifford D. (May 9, 1987). "Friends Say McKinney Had Homosexual Sex". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bauman, Robert (August 1986). The Gentleman from Maryland: The Conscience of a Gay Conservative. Arbor House. ISBN 978-0877956860. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Housecleaning". Time. July 25, 1983. 
  12. ^ "Jon Hinson, 53, Congressman And Then Gay-Rights Advocate". The New York Times. July 26, 1995. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (December 3, 2012). "When Barney Frank announced he was 'coming out of the room' (er… the closet)". The Washington Post. 
  14. ^ "DC's Most Influential Gay Couple Calls It Quits". The Tuscaloosa News. July 3, 1998. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ Bergling, Tim (May 11, 2004). "Closeted in the capital: they're powerful, Republican, and gay. Will the marriage battle finally get them to come out to their bosses?". The Advocate. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  16. ^ Bierbauer, Charles (November 28, 1997). "Gunderson Leaves 'Increasingly Polarized' House". CNN. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 
  17. ^ Dunlap, David W. (August 3, 1996). "A Republican Congressman Discloses He Is a Homosexual". The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2007. 
  18. ^ Campbell, Julia (August 1, 2000). "Openly Gay Congressman Addresses Convention". ABC News. 
  19. ^ Eaklor, Vicki Lynn (2008). Queer America: a GLBT history of the 20th century. ABC-CLIO. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-313-33749-9. 
  20. ^ King, Ryan James (May 22, 2006). "Michael Huffington: The long-awaited Advocate interview". The Advocate. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Foley lawyer makes statement". CNN. October 2, 2006. Retrieved October 4, 2006. 
  22. ^ "Michaud: 'I haven't changed. I'm Mike.'". The Bangor Daily News. November 5, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Yes, I'm gay, Michaud says. Now let's get our state back on track". Portland Press Herald. November 4, 2013. 
  24. ^ Parkinson, John (September 30, 2011). "House Democrat Jared Polis Becomes First Openly Gay Parent in Congress". ABC News. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ Crary, David. "Record number of gays seeking seats in Congress". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ Candido, Sergio N. (October 29, 2012). "Top 5 Gay National Races". South Florida Gay News. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  27. ^ O'Dowd, Peter (January 1, 2013). "Sinema, First Openly Bisexual Member Of Congress, Represents 'Changing Arizona'". NPR. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ Roig-Franzia, Manuel (January 2, 2013). "Kyrsten Sinema: A success story like nobody else's". The Washington Post. Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved January 8, 2013.