Harry Browne (l) in 2000
A fixture in Libertarian politics for decades, Lloyd Russell was a founding member of Outright Libertarians in 1998, while he was running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. Prior to that, he had been an on-air television personality in the 1960s and joined the Libertarian Party when it was founded in the early 1970s. In addition to being an attorney, "Russ" was the owner of a well-known gay bar in Atlanta, The Cove, which was in business until the 1980s. While running The Cove, he became personally aware of the difficulties of running a gay-oriented business in the Bible Belt, which led to his involvement in the Gay Bar Owners Association of Atlanta and his contribution to other gay bars in the Atlanta area.