Kate Brown, now known as the first openly bisexual governor in the nation, was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor. “[Brown] brings visibility to a part of the LGBT community that is typically rendered invisible” says Janelle Wilson, who is the Coordinator for the Queer Resource Center here at SOU. “It really is phenomenal to see her serving in such a high place in the state legislature.”
“It is awesome to see someone who is queer in power,” said Adam, lounging on one of the couches in the QRC on campus. Adam paused for a second, then added without hesitation “We need more queer people in power. And more women in power. And more queer women in power.” No stranger to the media, Kate Brown has served her time in politics; first serving in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991.
In her inaugural speech, she finished optimistically with: “It is time once again to set our sights on Oregon’s future, to stretch our wings towards new horizons. Today is nearly half gone; tomorrow awaits, full of promise.” She ended on a refrain that echoed throughout her speech and reflects her attitude toward her gubernatorial position: “Now it’s time to get to work.”
Way to go Kate Brown!