Thursday, November 8, 2018

LGBTQ People Elected To Congress

Our LGBTQ community helped strengthen the new Democratic majority with an historic number of LGBTQ people elected to the U.S. House with eight openly LGBTQ candidates winning their races & one headed to a recount ensuring a historic number of openly LGBTQ candidates in the U.S. Congress next year. Senator Tammy Baldwin also won reelection in Wisconsin & Kyrsten Sinema’s race for U.S. Senate in Arizona is still too close to call. Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund stated, “An unprecedented rainbow wave of LGBTQ Congressional candidates helped strengthen the new Democratic majority, flipping three seats & securing eight seats in all. LGBTQ candidates won over independents & even Republicans to win in some of the most competitive districts in the nation, proving out LGBTQ candidates can secure big wins in tough places. With more LGBTQ candidates in the U.S. House than ever before, we have the opportunity to finally pass equality legislation too long ignored. There was hand-wringing among some politicos about whether LGBTQ candidates would provide the best opportunity for Democrats to pick up seats in red districts. Instead we saw LGBTQ candidates talk openly about their lives to a degree unseen in past elections & it resonated with voters. We tripled the number of LGBTQ women members of Congress, doubled the number of LGBTQ people of color & increased our overall number of LGBTQ members from six to eight. And we played a key role in securing a pro-equality Congress. America needs authentic, values-driven elected officials in the halls of power right now & voters found those qualities in our out LGBTQ candidates.” Over 100 LGBTQ candidates won midterm races on the federal, state & local levels. In Colorado Jared Polis was elected as Governor making him the first openly gay man to win a Governor seat. In Kansas Sharice Davids was elected to Congress making her the first gay Native American woman ever elected to Congress & Massachusetts voters supported Question 3 granting protections to transgender people living in the state. This marks the first time that transgender rights won in a popular vote.
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