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11 Out Politicians You Should Know

Image: Geraldine Roman, Kyrsten Sinema and Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele

Geraldine Roman, left, Kyrsten Sinema, middle, and Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele. Reuters/AP/Getty Images

You may know U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., but here are 11 other out politicians to put on your radar.

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Bettel, who has served as Luxembourg's Prime Minister since December 2013, is only the second world leader to marry someone of the same sex (the first being the former prime minister of Iceland).

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Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images, file

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

Brown, who was elected in 2015, is the country's first openly bisexual governor.

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Gov. Kate Brown talks with members of the media to preview legislation for the upcoming session at the Capitol Building, in Salem, Ore. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Timothy J. Gonzalez / AP, file

Kezia Dugdale, Leader of Scottish Labour Party

Dugdale has led the Scottish Labour Party since August 2015 and is one of four openly LGBTQ party leaders in Scotland.

Image: Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale Casts Her Vote
Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale, right, and her partner Louise Riddell arrives at St Ninian & Triduana RC Church to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections on May 5, 2016 in Edinburgh. Matt Cardy / Getty Images, file

Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky

When elected in 2010, Gray became Lexington's first openly gay mayor. He won a second term in 2014 and is currently campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat.

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Lexington Ky. Mayor Jim Gray addresses reporters at the Kentucky State Capitol on Jan. 26, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Timothy D. Easley / AP, file

Madhu Kinnar, Mayor of Raigarh, India

Elected in January 2015, Kinnar is India's first openly transgender mayor.

Sean Maloney, Member of U.S. House of Representatives (D-N.Y.)

Serving since 2013, Maloney is the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress from New York. In June 2014, he married his longtime partner.

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Rep. Sean Maloney speaks at a "Women for Maloney" event in Somers, N.Y. on Oct. 27, 2014. Seth Wenig / AP, file

Zakhele Mbhele, Member of South African Parliament

Mbhele made history in 2014 by becoming the first openly gay black member of parliament in any African nation.

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Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele speaks during a debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 17, 2015. Anadolu Agency / via Getty Images, file

Geraldine Roman, Member of Philippine House of Representatives

Roman, elected in May 2016, is the first transgender politician elected to the Philippine House of Representatives.

Image: Geraldine Roman, a transgender congressional candidate, answer questions
Geraldine Roman, a transgender congressional candidate, answer questions during a Reuters interview before marching to a "Miting de Avance" (last political campaign rally) for the national election in Orani town, Bataan province, north of Manila in the Philippines on May 6, 2016. ROMEO RANOCO / Reuters, file

Kyrsten Sinema, Member of U.S. House of Representatives (D-Ariz.)

Sinema beat her Tea Party opponent by a narrow margin in 2012 to become the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks on Aug. 20, 2013 in Tempe, Ariz. Matt York / AP, file

Mark Takano, Member of U.S. House of Representatives (D-Calif.)

Takano, elected in 2012, is the first openly gay person of color in Congress.

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Congressman Mark Takano arrives at the 2014 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala on March 22, 2014. Brian Dowling / AP, file

Rep. Patricia Todd, Member of Alabama House of Representatives

Originally from Kentucky, Todd was elected to office in Alabama in 2006 and is the state's only openly gay state legislator.

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Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, Alabama's first openly-gay legislator, stands outside of the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. on April 4, 2007. Jamie Martin / AP, file

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