CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - "I've been working in Cincinnati to make Cincinnati a more welcoming place for a long time," says council candidate Chris Seelbach.
But when Chris Seelbach got the invitation to come to the White House for a special party to honor efforts made in the gay rights movement, he didn't believe it at first.
This first time council candidate had never before been personally invited to the White House.
He took part in the 2004 effort to repeal Article12 in Cincinnati.
"It was the anti-gay law that according to the convention and visitors bureau cost the city over 25 million dollars in lost revenue And so it was those types of things that I've been doing to try to make Cincinnati not only a place where people want to come and live and work, but where they feel welcomed," says Seelbach.
He says the White House visit was a night to remember. He toured the first floor of the White House and got a chance to meet several important leaders.
"There was a band playing and there's open bars every where, and we can sit on the furniture and here comes Vice President Biden and his wife Jill and they are just mingling with us, and then Obama comes out and speaks to us and shakes everyone's hand and it was very unreal," says Seelbach.
But what is also real is Seelbach's commitment to Cincinnati. He says he's committed to improving the city, and furthering LGBT rights with or without a council office. He also says he's the first openly homosexual candidate for office in the city's history.
"It just felt incredibly empowering," says Chris of the evening.