LGBTQ+ candidates had a lot of success on Nov. 3 in races across the country, according to news outlet Them.

As Blavity previously
reported, New York Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones will be the first Black, openly gay members of Congress after winning their elections last Tuesday. 

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.

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."