Mel Boozer on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, New York City, 13 August 1980. Photo by Lisa M. Keen, Washington Blade archive.
Melvin Boozer was nominated in 1980 for the office of Vice President of the United States by the Socialist Party USA and, by petition at the convention, by the Democratic Party. He was the first openly gay person ever nominated for the office. Boozer spoke to the Democratic convention in a speech televised in prime time, calling on the party to support equality for LGBT people.
Boozer received 49 votes before the balloting was suspended and then-Vice President Walter Mondale was renominated by acclamation.
At the time of his nomination, Boozer served as President of what was then known as the Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, DC.