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11 Out Republicans You Should Know

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Caitlyn Jenner, Peter Thiel and Rachel Hoff Getty; Getty; REX

Members of the LGBTQ community skew Democratic, but here are 11 out Republicans to put on your radar.

GREGORY ANGELO

Log Cabin Republican's Gregory Angelo Interviewed at RNC
Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, is interviewed by Julie Mason at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kirk Irwin / Getty Images

Angelo is the president of Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest organization representing LGBTQ conservatives. His group recently took out a full-page ad in USA Today calling the current GOP platform the most “anti-gay” in the party’s history.

RACHEL HOFF

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Rachel Hoff speaks at Facebook Central at Freedom Plaza on July 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kirk Irwin / Getty Images for Glamour

Hoff is a Republican delegate from D.C., and this month she became the first openly gay person to sit on the GOP’s Platform Committee.

PETER THIEL

Thiel at 2016 Republican National Convention
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, stands on stage before the start of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Thiel is one of the co-founders of PayPal and a successful hedge fund manager and venture capitalist (he was one of the earliest investors in Facebook). This week, he will become the first openly gay person to speak at the RNC in 16 years.

CAITLYN JENNER

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California in this February 28, 2016 file photo. Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Jenner, a reality star and former Olympian, said “it was harder to come out as Republican” than it was to come out as transgender.

MIMI PLANAS

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Mimi Planas is a member of Log Cabin Republicans of Miami. LCRMiami.org

Planas has been involved with local politics in South Florida since 2008 and has been credited with getting the Miami chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans off the ground in 2011.

CHRYSOVALANTIS KEFALAS

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Chrys Kefalas, Republican candidate for Maryland Senate, is interviewed in the Roll Call offices on January 6, 2016. Meredith Dake-O'Connor / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Kefalas unsuccessfully ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. A win would have made him the state’s first Republican senator in nearly 30 years.

BRUCE HARRIS

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Bruce Harris, mayor of Chatham, New Jersey. Facebook

Harris is the mayor of Chatham, N.J., where he has held the role since 2012. He is believed to be the first openly gay, black Republican mayor in the U.S.

CLAY COPE

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Clay Cope is running for U.S. Congress in Connecticut. www.crowdpac.com

Cope is running for U.S. Congress in Connecticut. If he wins, he would be the first openly gay Republican in Congress since Arizona’s Jim Kolbe left office in 2007.

CHRISTOPHER BARRON

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Christopher Barron, a conservative activist and founder of the pro-Donald Trump group LGBTrump. www.theadvocates.org

Barron is a conservative activist and founder of the pro-Donald Trump group LGBTrump. He recently said dealing with the billionaire businessman’s campaign has been a “breath of fresh air.”

JOSÉ CUNNINGHAM

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Jose Cunningham, chairman of the D.C. Republican Party. www.gop.com

Cunningham is the chairman of the D.C. Republican Party, and, according to the president of the D.C. Log Cabin Republicans, Cunningham is the “first gay Latino to chair a local Republican Party.”

MIKE GIN

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Mike Gin, former mayor of Redondo Beach, California. www.mikeginforsupervisor.com

Gin is the former mayor of Redondo Beach, Calif. He recently told the L.A. Times instead of running for public office, he would turn his immediate attention to getting Asian Americans more politically engaged.

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