Feb 14, 2015 1:12 PM by News Staff
NEW YORK (AP) - Kate Brown, Oregon's secretary of state, will replace Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber when he steps down Wednesday amid an ethics scandal.
When she takes office, Brown will also become the nation's first openly bisexual governor.
Activists say they are hopeful Brown's new role will bring acceptance and understanding of the bi community.
Ellyn Ruthstrom, who serves on the board of Boston-based Bisexual Resource Center, says there are few politicians who are openly bisexual. Congresswoman Krysten Sinema of Arizona is another prominent example.
Brown has talked openly about how difficult it was to come out to her friends, both those straight and gay. She has said she feels like she never really belongs to either world.
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