by CHARLOTTE ROBINSON, Huffington Post
Fred Karger is one of the bravest activists that our LGBT community has. He is the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in American history, in the most homophobic presidential race this country has ever seen. He was on the GOP ballot in New Hampshire and Michigan and has received confirmation that his name will appear on the ballot in California, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico. Fred was the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, on March 23, 2011. Karger says he'll stick around through the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. Throughout his career, Karger has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant on campaigns for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. He retired after 27 years and has since become an activist for gay rights, especially through his organization, Californians Against Hate (now Rights Equal Rights), which investigates the campaigns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) against marriage equality in California and Maine, respectively.