A Dozen Facts you Should Know about Kate Brown Being the First Bisexual Governor


  1. Kate Brown is Oregon’s secretary of state, and that puts her in line to replace Democratic governor John Kitzhaber due to an ethics scandal. Oregon is known as “the Beaver State” (insert juvenile joke here).
  2. She married Dan Little in 1997 and has two stepchildren, Dylan and Jessie.
  3. She and her husband follow the folk band True North and go to see them all throughout Oregon.
  4. She will be the second female governor in Oregon, the first was Barbara Roberts elected in 1990.
  5. She was born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain, and lived most of her early years in Minnesota.
  6. She studied Environmental Conservation and has a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a J.D. degree and certificate in Environmental Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.
  7. She is a Democrat (duh), and became the Senate Democratic leader in 1998.
  8. She loves kayaking, horseback riding and hiking.
  9. She brought online voting registration in 2009 to the state and within four years more than 295,000 Oregonians registered to vote online.
  10. She helped pass some comprehensive civil rights and domestic partnership laws.
  11. She has been open about being bisexual since the beginning of her political career in 1991.
  12. However, she was outed by the Oregonian newspaper and said about her sexuality: “Some days I feel like I have a foot in both worlds, yet never really belonging to either.”


Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]