First Openly Gay Man to Run for Political Office Dies

Image via Nate Gowdy via HuffPo.

Image via Nate Gowdy via HuffPo.

The first openly gay man to run for political office, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away yesterday. Before Harvey Milk, Sarria, ran for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961 where he was ultimately defeated, though, his campaign made history. Sarria, who was best known around San Frnacisco as Empress Jose I, The Widow Norton, was a colorful figure around the Bay Area. After taking the title of Empress he instated the Imperial Court System. Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew wrote on Facebook saying: “He paved the way for my uncle, Harvey Milk, to run for public office by being the first openly gay man to put his name on the 1961 ballot and was right there to support Harvey’s first campaign in 1973.” [HuffPo]

 

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