Friday, January 8, 2010

In Europe - and Colorado - being out in politics is in

In contrast to the U.S., where there are still only a handful of nationally prominent out lawmakers, Europe's more welcoming political climate has resulted in the emergence of several dozen openly gay lawmakers and Cabinet officers, notably in Britain, France and Germany. The positive situation for LGBT leadership is fueled by public attitudes -- more than eight in 10 French, Germans and Spaniards say gay people should be accepted, compared with 49 percent of Americans.

Here in Colorado, of course, we're proud and lucky to have such openly gay lawmakers and politicians as Senator Pat Steadman, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, and Rep. Jared Polis.