So was Smith:
We'll be over here crying.
"I didn't do this to satisfy them," Parker said of critics. "I did it because it was not serving Houston."
"I don't want to have a national debate about freedom of religion when my whole purpose is to defend a strong and wonderful and appropriate city ordinance against local attack."
This year, many LGBT-identified individuals are running for government positions. Here at GLAAD, we do not endorse candidates, but rather celebrate the representation of our community in the midterm elections.
According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, there are already approximately 500 LGBT officials working in our government. On November 4, more could be added.
There are LGBT candidates running for Congress in Massachusetts, Colorado, Arizona, California, North Carolina, New York and Texas. The openly gay Richard Tisei is vying for the open seat in Massachusetts. Carl DeMaio, an openly gay man who served on the San Diego City Council, is doing the same in California.
In addition, there are LGBT members of Congress who are looking to get reelected this year. Jared Polis, the first openly gay man in Congress to have a child, is hoping to return to office. As is Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual woman in Congress.
In Maine, Mike Michaud is running for governor. Should he be elected, he will be the first openly gay man to be elected to the office of governor. In Massachusetts, Maura Healey could be the first LGBT-identified person to be elected attorney general.
There is also LGBT representation in the race for state legislature. In West Virginia, Georgia, and New Mexico, there are LGBT candidates campaigning. Nevada could make history this year if they elect Lauren Scott, the first openly transgender woman to run for state legislature.
Rounding out all of these government hopefuls is American Idol star Clay Aiken, who is running for Congress in North Carolina.
If you know any other LGBT candidates running for the midterm elections, please let us know in the comments section below.
All eyes were on the South last night as the LGBT community assembled for GLAAD Atlanta, a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality through the media.
The event served as a launching pad for GLAADâ€™s Southern Stories Program. Southern Stories aims to drive cultural change in the American south by sharing first-hand accounts of family, faith, sports, patriotism and more. The project will work with statewide and on-the-ground advocates' ongoing initiatives to elevate the experiences of LGBT people in six of the nation's southern states by amplifying the stories of LGBT people thriving and struggling in the south.
GLAAD Atlanta, hosted by comedian Fortune Feimster of Chelsea Lately, and feautring a musical performance by Frenchie Davis, was filled with community building, exceptional honorees, inspiring speeches, and special guests. The event, which raises critical funds in support of GLAADâ€™s year-round work to rewrite the script for LGBT equality, featured a special surprise appearance by football playerÂ Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL.
â€” GLAAD (@glaad) October 29, 2014
Wilson Cruz was also in attendance, who first became known for his portrayal of Rickie Vasquez in My So-Called Life and now appears in Fox's Red Band Society.
â€” Project Q Atlanta (@ProjectQAtlanta) October 30, 2014
Among the star-speckled crowd were the evening's recognized activists. One such guest was Daniel Pierce, a 20-year-old gay man who has turned the horrific reaction to his coming out into a drive for advocacy. He is now on the Board of Directors of Lost-n-Found Youth in Atlanta
Other recognized guests were David and Tina Long, anti-bullying advocates, and Sage Lovell, transgender student trailblazer and homecoming queen.
â€” GLAAD (@glaad) October 30, 2014
To see more photos from GLAAD Atlanta, check out this morning's article from the Georgia Voice.