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Michele Rayner-Goolsby Aims to Be Florida's 1st Out Person in Congress

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State Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby serves as the only lesbian in the Florida Legislature. Now she aims to be the first out official elected to represent her home state in Congress.On Monday, Rayner-Goolsby launched her campaign for Congress, hoping to succeed Democrat Charlie Crist, who is running for Florida Governor next year.

She hopes to make history as the first openly LGBTQ+ official to win an election in any Southern State. More than that, the 39-year-old intends to continue to devote her life to public service.“I understand my first election was history-making,” she said.“Representation matters.

I understand that when you show up as your full self in all the identities that you embody, you’re able to legislate from a place that’s.

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