She described what that was like in 1992: "I believe it was during my early 30s that I figured out who, or what, I am. But it wasn't until it was written in the Oregonian newspaper that I was bisexual that I had to face the inevitable and let those around me know."
“I truly believe I can make Oregon a better place to live,” Brown said in 2008.
In 2008, she was elected secretary of state and won a second term in 2012. (Video via TVCTV)
According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, there are about 525 openly LGBT public officials nationwide.
"I've witnessed the difference it makes when our community not only had a seat at the table, but sits at the head of the table." (Video via Victory Fund and Institute)
Brown will be history's second LGBT governor. New Jersey's Jim McGreevey announced he was gay before resigning in 2004. (Video via CBS)
Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin became the first openly LGBT U.S. senator in 2013. (Video via Tammy Baldwin For U.S. Senate)
Brown and her husband have two adult children from his previous marriage and live in Portland. She takes office on Wednesday.
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