Dr. N.J. Akbar Among First Openly LGBTQ Muslims Elected in U.S.; Wins Board of Education Race in Ohio

Washington, DC – Today Dr. N.J. Akbar won his race for the Akron Board of Education, becoming one of the first openly LGBTQ Muslims ever elected in the United States and the first in Ohio history. Akbar will be one of just three openly LGBTQ Black elected officials in the Ohio when he takes office, and one of just 21 openly LGBTQ elected officials in the entire state.

Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about Akbar’s victory:

“As one of the first openly LGBTQ Muslims elected in United States history, N.J. will become a role model for so many LGBTQ students, students of color and Muslim students who too rarely see people like them in positions of power. As a passionate advocate for education reform and with years of experience in Akron’s education system, N.J. will bring a unique yet informed perspective to the school board. The historic nature of his election and his dedication to supporting students will extend his influence well-beyond the borders of Akron.”

Live Election Night Results: Victory Fund is live tracking the election results for its 111 openly LGBTQ endorsed candidates. The latest updates can be found at victoryfund.org/results2019.


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