With openly LGBT candidates announcing runs for office at a record pace this year, 2010 could be the "Year of the Gay," Chris Johnson writes. Several out candidates are running for federal, statewide and local offices, possibly inspired by the success of high-profile elected officials such as Houston Mayor Annise Parker, sources note. Still, openly LGBT elected officials are not yet represented in public office in proportion to the overall LGBT population, noted Dan Pinello, a professor at the City University of New York.

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