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Jerry DeGrieck

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Preceded by  John P. Kirscht (D)
Education  University of Michigan
Name  Jerry DeGrieck

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Profession  Public health and public policy
Residence  Seattle, Washington, United States

Alma mater  University of Michigan
Succeeded by  Colleen S. McGee (D)
Political party  Human Rights Party

Gerald (Jerry) C. DeGrieck is a public health manager and policy advisor in Seattle, Washington. He and Nancy Wechsler served together on the Ann Arbor City Council, 1972-1974, while they were graduate students at the University of Michigan. In 1973, they simultaneously became the first openly gay elected officials in the United States.


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Ann Arbor City Council

DeGrieck and Wechsler were elected to the Ann Arbor City Council as members of the Human Rights Party on April 3, 1972. Political observers did not believe the third party had much chance of winning any seats, but the party's liberal platform appealed to young voters and beat university professors running as Democrats in the 1st and 2nd wards.

At the time of their election, Wechsler was a 22-year-old history student at University of Michigan, the first student member of the city council, and DeGrieck was a graduate student. In 1973, DeGrieck and Wechsler became the first openly gay male and openly lesbian elected officials in the United States when they came out together, at a press conference held in response to a homophobic incident at a local restaurant.

After finishing his term in 1974, DeGrieck moved to Seattle, Washington, where he went on to work for Seattle's Gay Pride Week and eventually became a public health manager and policy advisor to the City of Seattle. He is currently Regional Health Administrator in the King County Department of Public Health.

Personal life

DeGrieck had a daughter, born in 1981, with a lesbian friend. He has not been as engaged in politics since the birth of his daughter.


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