Washington CNN From a pair of Native American women to a Somali refugee to the first openly gay man elected governor, the midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes that marked major accomplishments for women and LGBT candidates. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Minorities, LGBT make history in midterms.
Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeted , a "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexuality , bisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level. One commonly cited example is Harvey Milk , the first openly gay person to be elected to political office in California , becoming the most visible LGBT politician in the world in the s, after decades of resistance to LGBT people by mainstream culture.
One of the problems with being a pioneer in the business of computing and video games is that there are no benchmarks, no templates and no real rules. There's no doubt that Mel Croucher is a pioneer in this field, neither is there any doubt that in some cases he was so far ahead of the field that he was considered ambitious at best and a lunatic at worst. Once or twice he got the timing spot on, but more often than not he simply lost interest and moved on, leaving others to learn from his mistakes and do it right. There are no pictures of Mel's first psychedelic computer game, so here's an image of the player piano that he liked to program in his youth by punching a series of holes in a roll of old wallpaper, then feeding it through the ancient system of bellows and levers.
But Kiyoko is most excited about her latest first. The event was understandably emotional for her. The role, which involved nudity, was a creative risk for her. And she embraced it. She remains humble, though.