A Record Number Of LGBTQ+ Candidates Won Their Seats At The Table Following Historic Elections
A significant number of the LGBTQ+ candidates that won are people of color.
November 10, 2020 at 5:02 pm
LGBTQ+ candidates had a lot of success on Nov. 3 in races across the country, according to news outlet Them.
Mondaire Jones is set to become the 1st openly gay Black man elected to Congress, and Ritchie Torres the 1st openly gay Afro-Latino.
At least 35 of the record 574 LGBTQ+ candidates have won their respective races so far. pic.twitter.com/wYgKqjGZwE
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 4, 2020
But Jones and Torres are part of a much larger wave of LGBTQ+ candidates who secured victory on Election Day.
Shevrin Jones became the first out LGBTQ+ person to be elected to the upper chamber of the Florida State Senate and according to Out, Michele Reyner will become the first Black queer woman to hold a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
— NOH8 Campaign (@NOH8Campaign) November 4, 2020
Kim Jackson also won her election and will join the Georgia State Senate, making her the first LGBTQ+ person elected in the state's history.
Them reported that Jones and Torres are two of the ten LGBTQ+ candidates to win seats or win reelection, with one tight New York race still pending.
The outlet noted that several LGBTQ+ incumbents in Minnesota, California, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and New Hampshire also won reelection.
Kansas Representative Sharice Davids, an LGBTQ+ member of Ho-Chunk Nation, won reelection, making her the first queer woman of color to do so.
Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David told Openly that the election marked a significant turning point for LGBTQ+ candidates across the country.
"Over the last three elections, the share of LGBTQ voters has continued to increase, solidifying our community as a key rising constituency that politicians must court," David said. "Our issues matter, our votes matter and politicians around the country have taken notice."