In blue and red states, LGBTQ wins milestone for candidates


NEW YORK (AP) – Around the country, LGBTQ candidates won the milestone in Tuesday’s election, including the first transgender man elected to a state Senate and the first openly gay male to win seats in Congress.

The historic victory came not only in blue, but also in red states like Tennessee, where Republican Eddie Manis, who is gay, and Democrat Tory Harris, who identifies as bisexual, won seats in the state House by becoming the first LGBTQ members. Legislative Assembly has become.

According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, who leave only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi, saying they have never elected an LGBTQ legislator.

Houston Mayor Ennis Parker said, “Trary and Eddie gave a clear message that LGBTQ candidates can win in a deep red state despite being their authentic selves.” “Their presence in the state legislature may dilute the most venomous anti-LGBQ voices and lead to more inclusive laws.”

In New York, attorney Mondair Jones won in a district in the suburbs of New York City, and Richie Torres, a New York City Council member, won in the Bronx, making history as the first gay black men elected to the US House Won for Both are Democrats; Torres is identified as Afro Latini.

“Both will bring unique perspectives based on experiences never before lived in the US Congress,” Parker said.

There will be nine openly LGBTQ members of the House by January, with Jones and Torres inducted. The seven incumbents all won their races.

In Delaware, Democrat Sarah McBride won her state Senate race with more than 70% of the vote and would become the first openly transgender state senator in the country.

McBride said “I hope a young LGBTQ kid from Delaware or indeed anywhere in this country can see the results and know that our democracy is big enough for them,” McBride said Tuesday night his victory was certain .

McBride was under house arrest under President Barack Obama and became the first openly transgender person to deliver a speech at a major party conference in 2016.

Two other Democrats became one of the more openly transgender people to win Taylor in their states’ houses: Taylor Small in Kansas and Stephanie Byers in Vernont.

Retired Byers, a high school band teacher, hoped his victory would encourage other transgender people from conservative Kansas.

He told the Wichita Eagle, “It helps people who are transgender, who say they are the people who matter, they are the people who matter and they are the people who can be successful in their lives . “

Prior to Tuesday’s election, there were four other transgender legislators in state legislatures, nationwide according to the Victory Fund.

In Georgia, Democratic Kim Jackson, a gay social justice advocate, became the first LGBTQ person to win a seat in the state of the state. A gay former state representative, Chevrin Jones accomplished the same feat in Florida’s Senate. And in New York, Jabari Brisport, a gay math teacher, became the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the legislature.

In Oklahoma, Mauree Turner, a Democrat who identifies as Black, Muslim, and non-binary, won a seat in the state House.

“I have consistently lived a life where people doubt my voice or the power I have,” Turner said. “If I don’t find something like that I would be angry at him.”

There were also some notable disadvantages for LGBTQ candidates.

In Texas, Gaina Ortiz Jones, a Democratic former Air Force intelligence officer who is gay, was seen as a strong prospect of a huge victory in the 800-mile congressional district running from San Antonio to El Paso. The seat was held by Rep. Will Hurd, the only Black Republican representative in the House, who supported GOP nominee Tony Gonzales to not hold a re-election on Tuesday.

And in the 6th District of Southwest Michigan, John Hoadley lost to 17-term GOP Representative Fred Upton, seeking to become the state’s first openly gay congressman.

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Jonathan Mattis, author of The Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee, nationwide Margaret Stafford, won the milestone in Tuesday’s election, with the first transgender person elected to a state Senate and the first gay to win seats in Congress Gay men were involved.

The historic victory occurred not only in blue, but also in red states such as Tennessee, where Republican Eddie Manis, who is gay, and Democrat Torrey Harris, who identifies as biosexual, won seats in the state House first openly. LGBTQ Member Became Legislative Assembly.

According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, who leave only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi, saying they have never elected an LGBTQ legislator.

Houston Mayor Ennis Parker said, “Trary and Eddie gave a clear message that LGBTQ candidates can win in a deep red state despite being their authentic selves.” “Their presence in the state legislature may dilute the most venomous anti-LGBQ voices and lead to more inclusive laws.”

In New York, attorney Mondair Jones won in a district in the suburbs of New York City, and Richie Torres, a New York City Council member, won in the Bronx, making history as the first gay black men elected to the US House Won for Both are Democrats; Torres is identified as Afro Latini.

“Both will bring unique perspectives based on experiences never before lived in the US Congress,” Parker said.

With the inclusion of Jones and Torres, there will be nine openly LGBTQ members of the House by January, seven incumbents all won their races.

In Delaware, Democrat Sarah McBride won her state Senate race with more than 70% of the vote and would become the first openly transgender state senator in the country.

McBride said “I hope a young LGBTQ kid from Delaware or indeed anywhere in this country can see the results and know that our democracy is big enough for them,” McBride said Tuesday night his victory was certain .

McBride was under house arrest under President Barack Obama and became the first openly transgender person to deliver a speech at a major party conference in 2016.

Two other Democrats became openly transgender people in their states’ Houses to win Taylor: Taylor Small in Kansas and Stephanie Byers in Vernont.

Retired Byers, a high school band teacher, hoped his victory would encourage other transgender people from conservative Kansas.

He told the Wichita Eagle, “It helps people who are transgender, who say they are the people who matter, they are the people who matter and they are the people who can be successful in their lives . “

Prior to Tuesday’s election, there were four other transgender legislators in state legislatures, nationwide according to the Victory Fund.

In Georgia, Democratic Kim Jackson, a gay social justice advocate, became the first LGBTQ person to win a seat in the state of the state. A gay former state representative, Chevrin Jones accomplished the same feat in Florida’s Senate. And in New York, the gay math teacher, Jabari Brisport, became the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the legislature.

In Oklahoma, Maure Turner, a Democrat who identifies as Black, Muslim, and non-binary, won a seat in the state House.

“I have consistently lived a life where people doubt my voice or the power I have,” Turner said. “If I don’t find something like that I would be angry at him.”

There were also some notable disadvantages for LGBTQ candidates.

In Texas, Gaina Ortiz Jones, a Democratic former Air Force intelligence officer who is gay, was seen as a strong prospect of a huge victory in the 800-mile congressional district running from San Antonio to El Paso. The seat was held by Rep. Will Wood Hurd, the only Black Republican in the House who on Tuesday supported GOP nominee Tony Gonzales from not re-election.

And in Southwest Michigan’s 6th District, John Hoadley, seeking to become the state’s first openly gay congressman, lost to 17-term GOP Representative Fred Upton.

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Associated Press writers Jonathan Mattis in Nashville, Tennessee, Margaret Stafford in Liberty, Missouri, and Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

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