Elaine Noble served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for two terms and is the first openly LGBT candidate elected to a state legislature.
She was sworn into office on New Year’s Day 1975 by governor Michael Dukakis.
She states that the campaign was “ugly” and marked by violence.
Her windows were shot, her car was destroyed, and her supporters suffered threats and intimidation.
In 2015, she was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month
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