Name: Lupe Valdez
Distinction: An openly gay Sheriff in a major US metropolitan areas.
Brief History: One of seven children, Lupe worked her way through college. She served as an Officer in the US Army and worked with Homeland Security. She ran as an openly gay candidate for the Dallas County election in 2004 and won. She is now currently serving a second term in office.
Importance: There are stereotypes out there which confine members of the LGBT to certain professions and career paths. People like Valdez show the range of us across the map.