chrisarmstrongChris Armstrong, an openly gay junior and former intern at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, has been elected president of the University of Michigan Student Assembly, which represents tens of thousands of students at one of the country’s most prestigious schools.

“I am so humbled by the fact that the student body voted for us. It’s really hard for me to put into words how incredibly elated I feel,” Armstrong told The Michigan Daily.  Armstrong has served for two years as chair of the assembly’s LGBT Commission.

The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, where America’s first openly LGBT candidate was elected to public office.  Kathy Kozachenko, an out lesbian, won a seat on the Ann Arbor City Council in January of 1974.  Later that year Elaine Noble of Boston, Massachusetts, became the second openly LGBT candidate to be elected in the U.S., and the first openly LGBT state legislator.

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Photo:  Sam Wolson/The Michigan Daily