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Rep. Leslie Herod (D), the first openly LGBTQ representative in the Colorado state legislature, made waves on Instagram Thursday when an LGBTQ personals account shared her apparent dating profile.
Herod is on her second term in office representing the 8th district of Colorado, and despite widespread popularity in her district (she ran unopposed in 2018), she apparently hasn’t been able to find that special someone yet.
The profile was posted by @_personals_ an account for an in-development app for LGBTQ+ people to write personals and make connections. It’s a popular account that people pay to have their personals on, and it tagged her Instagram, so it seems unlikely to be fake. With over 531,000 followers, posting a profile through the account reaches a huge amount of people, and if you craft a perfect personal ad, you may just find the one.
Herod seemingly decided to take a chance and her personals ad, titled “Politician seeks running mate,” went up on Thursday.
Herod describes herself in the personal as a “foodie, power femme, adventurer + first openly lgbt black person to hold elected office in Colorado.” She says what she’s looking for a 35 or older partner who is, “Edgy, passionate, with a generous spirit” and a good conversationalist. She also doesn’t mess around, making it clear that she’s not interested in someone she has to take care of by saying, “Have your shit together, or getting there.”
The ad finishes with what they could do together: “holds hands on a Ferris wheel, try new restaurants, + support each others dreams.”
So far Herod hasn’t commented on the dating profile (she’s just a little busy reforming the criminal justice system) but plenty of Instagram users have commented in support of her quest for love, or to throw their hats in the ring.
“It’s gunna be hard finding someone as cool as you, but I have faith you’ll find the one someday ;),” commented one user. Another said, “I’m down to be her First Butch (FBOTUS).”
With any luck, and maybe some help from supportive constituents, Herod will find her princess charming soon.
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently working out of St. Paul, Minnesota. They have bylines at The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, and Bullet Points. Follow them on Twitter @thedialogtree