Chris Seelbach (32) has been elected as Cincinnati’s first openly gay council member. This shows that Cincinnati’s long-held conservative reputation may be evolving. It also changes the perspective at City Hall and shows other LGBT people that it’s OK to live an authentic life. “If some gay or lesbian kid in Cincinnati walks into school with their head held a little higher after this,” said the VP of communications for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, “that’s the most important thing.” Seelbach plans to propose within his first 100 days in office legislation to give health benefits to city employees’ same-sex partners. Based on answers the candidates gave during the campaign, he should find majority support pretty easily.