Lesbian Keisha Waites wins Georgia House race

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Try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try and try again and, if you’re lesbian and neighborhood activist Keisha Waites, you might just win. Her years-long effort to win public office paid off on Tuesday as she will soon be the fourth openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly.

Waites’ effort to win elected office — after eight defeats — became a little less quixotic on Tuesday when she won a three-person race for the District 60 seat in the state House. She took 54 percent of the vote, which in this special election amounted to 321 votes. The district encompasses parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Waites, not pleased with unflattering media accounts of her campaign, sat down with gay media outlets last month to pitch her background and support for LGBT issues. Once she takes office, she says expect her to back House Bill 630, which would protect the state’s LGBT workers from being discriminated against on the job.

Waites will join state Reps. Karla Drenner, Simone Bell and Rashad Taylor as openly gay members of the General Assembly.

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