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Susan Allen’s election brings another LGBT voice to the Capitol


Last week’s election of Susan Allen to the Minnesota House of Representatives means that the LGBT community in Minnesota will have another voice at the Capitol. Allen won the seat that was vacated by Jeff Hayden who won a special election to the Minnesota Senate. She will join LGBT-identified legislators Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark.

“As a Native woman and lesbian I know what it’s like to be left out, to not have a voice,” Allen said in a statement after winning last Tuesday’s special election. “When this seat became open I felt it was the natural progression of my life’s work to run for it.”

She said one of her priorities will be to help defeat an anti-gay marriage constitutional planned for the 2012 ballot.

“I have been waiting a long time for someone like Susan Allen to come along and join me in the State House,” Rep. Clark said. “Susan’s lifelong fight for social and economic justice and her volunteer work to make people’s lives better will serve the people of the district and the state well.”

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund praised Allen’s election.

We’re thrilled for Susan and the remarkable progress her victory represents,” Tiffany Muller, Victory Fund’s vice president for political operations told GayPolitics.com. “This is our first win of 2012, and it’s a fantastic way to start off what will be a very exciting year for LGBT candidates.”

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.