100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Patricia Todd

Photo by Leisa Cole

In 2006, Patricia Todd became a representative for Alabama, making her, at the time, the only out queer politician in her state. As NBC recently noted, her election was a pleasant surprise and taken as evidence that there may be more LGBT politicians in Alabama to come. For now, though, Todd is still the only one. “I wanted to change the world and make it a better place for future generations,” she tells GO. “And I wanted to stand up for all queer people, and have a seat at the table.” The position is a natural fit for Todd, who has spent a huge chunk of her non-political career serving the public, but being passionate about LGBT rights is a challenge in her state. “My legislative agenda does not include a lot of LGBT-focused issues. I mean, we’re in Alabama—I’m not going to get anything passed,” she told NBC. Instead, she focuses on keeping anti-gay bills from passing, and on other issues, like opioid addiction. Currently, she’s creating a nonprofit that aims to prevent overdosing in high school and college students. When asked what is the most rewarding aspect of her work, she says, “Having a young person tell me I am their hero. And serving with some wonderful people—even some of the Republicans.”—GH

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