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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ohio Rep. Nickie Antonio Named State's Most Influential LGBTQ+ Activist

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 1:28 PM

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In honor of Pride Month, the website compiled a list this week of influential LGBTQIA+ people in entertainment and politics born in each state across the country.

Lakewood's own Representative Nickie Antonio was selected as the most influential LGBTQ+ activist in the state of Ohio.

The methodology behind the list came from using a mix of’s Power 50 List, IMDB and a list of the first LGBTQ holders of political offices in the states, featuring 24 people in the political field, 22 in entertainment and 4 people more directly involved in activism.

Antonio is a long-time advocate of same-sex marriage rights, and not only is she the first openly gay representative to serve in both the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate, she is also the first woman to occupy the state senate seat in District 23.

Recently, Antonio was selected as the Democratic nominee for her corresponding Senate seat, Ohio Senate District 23, which will be decided in the upcoming November election.

Antonio winning the Democratic nomination is extremely impactful, especially since the Cuyahoga County Democrats endorsed her competitor, Marty Sweeney on the day of the Women's March last January.

In 2016, Antonio was one of the key legislators who joined with local activists to reboot Cleveland Pride as "Pride in the CLE," which we were fortunate to enjoy during this year's pride celebration.

Rep. Antonio and her partner of more than 23 years, Jean Kosmac, were married in 2015 and currently reside in Lakewood where they raise their two daughters.

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