Central PA's LGBT News Source

GROUNDBREAKING

Malcolm Kenyatta - first LGBT black man elected to PA legislature

Posted

Malcolm Kenyatta was elected to the Pa House and is the first ever African-American gay man elected to the legislature and only the second Out person ever elected to the House.

Kenyatta, a 27-year-old former Democratic National Convention delegate, won his bid for the state representative seat in Pennsylvania’s 181st District. He succeeds his cousin, W. Curtis Thomas, who has occupied the seat since 1989, according to Philadelphia magazine.  

Though Kenyatta will be the first openly gay person of color in the state legislature, he’s not its first LGBT member. That distinction belongs to Democrat Brian Sims, who in 2012 was elected to represent the 182nd District. Sims was re-elected to that post. 

The dual victory means that, for the first time, two openly gay lawmakers will sit in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.