Bi Governor Makes it Easier to Vote, Ends Reparative Therapy and More


The first openly bisexual governor in the United States is making some sweeping progressive changes in her state.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is making it easier to vote in her state while other states are making it more difficult, adding about 300,000 new voters to her state rosters. Not only that, she added a lot stronger environmental regulations, included a major gay rights lawyer to her team and supported a ban to reparative conversion therapy against gays and lesbians in the state.

Rep. Rob Nosse, a freshman Democrat from Southeast Portland, championed the measure, saying it gives Oregon’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth a clear message: “There’s nothing wrong with you.”

MSNBC news journalist Rachel Maddow pointed out all the female political leaders the state has including Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Speaker of the House Tina Kotek and newly appointed Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins.

“Oregon, blessed art thou among women,” Maddow said.

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]