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First openly gay US attorney begins job

First openly gay US attorney begins job

The new top federal prosecutor in Seattle knows the significance her role carries for many people: She's apparently the first openly gay U.S. attorney.
But as a daughter of privilege _ her dad was a powerful Democratic state senator, and she had all the benefits of a comfortable upbringing and a good education _ Jenny Durkan also recalls what someone once told her: "You're the most non-diverse diverse person I know."
"I don't think I can fully appreciate how important it is to many people to have someone in a role like this who is gay," Durkan said this week in an interview with The Associated Press. "The more people are able to see people in situations where pretty soon that's an invisible characteristic, the better it is for the entire community."
Gay rights activists say her appointment reflects a growing acceptance in the U.S. as well as the attitude of President Barack Obama's administration. Earlier this month, Obama nominated an openly gay police sergeant to be the U.S. marshal in Minneaopolis; she would be the first openly gay U.S. marshal.
Lambda Legal, a national organization that promotes equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, says it knows of no other openly gay U.S. attorneys in the nation's 93 judicial districts.
"We see it as really sort of a respectful acknowledgement that it is important to have all sorts of people represented in government," Lambda Legal spokesman Jason Perez Howe said.


Updated : 2020-12-05 20:28 GMT+08:00