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Touching Up Our Roots: R

Rhodes, Richard

Interviewee: Richard Rhodes
Interviewer: Dave Hayward
Date of Interview: August 6, 2011
Extent: 1 compact disc
Excerpt: Richard Rhodes talks about running for the Georgia House of Representatives.


In 1988, Richard Rhodes was elected as Georgia's first openly gay delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He also went on to run for the Georgia House of Representatives as an openly gay man, and is believed to be the first gay man to run for elected office in the state. He did not win, but remained politically active. Rhodes helped found the SAGE Atlanta (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) organization that meets regularly at the Phillip Rush Center. He is also an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. In 2012, Rhodes received the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.



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