Thanks to a landslide and a sense of history, the University of Michigan's student body did something on Tuesday it had never done before—elect an openly gay student president.
LGBT Commission Chairman Chris Armstrong took over the reins of the student government, hoping that his new role meant a new time of change for the campus's LGBT community, the Michigan Daily reports. Armstrong said that his presidency shows the "spirit of Michigan," the report says.
"I think that personally, it's a big accomplishment for the LGBT community on campus," Armstrong tells the Daily. "Regardless of what community you are from, you can become a student leader that is leading 40,000 students."
But with his historical victory aside, Armstrong said he doesn't want to focus on his sexual orientation during his presidency. It'll take a back seat to what he wants done as president. Still, it's hard to ignore the obvious.
"Hopefully individuals will feel comfortable coming out at U of M and know that it's a comfortable environment despite fears and inhibitions," Armstrong says.
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