Americans have voted in big numbers in the 2020 elections and elected LGBTQ+ politicians. Making history as the first out trans legislator in federal office, human rights activist and trans rights campaigner Sarah McBride is the new Senator for Delaware. Mondaire Jones of New York`s 17th District and Ritchie Torres of the Bronx become the first out LGBTQ+ people of colour elected to Congress. Ritchie Torres is also the first out Afro-Latin politician.
“Tonight’s wins for LGBTQ people of colour and transgender Americans across the country are historic and long overdue,” GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. “Their victories represent a leap forward for LGBTQ acceptance and a demand for more of the progress and equality that their very presence demonstrates. We can’t wait to see them shine in their new roles.”
Annise Parker of the LGBTQ Victory Fund said “Throughout this election cycle Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans rights as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate. For Sarah to shatter a lavender ceiling in such a polarising year is a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favour of candidates who stand for fairness and equality. Her victory will inspire more trans people to follow in her footsteps and run for public office.
With the presidential results still being tallied due to record postal voting, the historic wins by LGBTQ+ candidates offers hope for a more inclusive world whoever becomes the official resident of the White House.
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