One year after Trump’s victory, last night’s elections showed that there is still hope for love and tolerance to triumph, report Philip Lewis and Willa Frej for The Huffington Post. Many nominees made history, including some notable LGBTQ+ nominees.
Today, everyone is talking about Danica Roem, who just became Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker when she was elected to the state’s House of Delegates. In a twist of poetic justice, Roem unseated incumbent Bob Marshall, who introduced a discriminatory bill to the legislature that would require transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matched the sex they were assigned at birth, completely disregarding their safety or comfort.
In Minnesota, Adrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis’ city council, becoming the first transgender woman of color on the city council of a major U.S. city. Jenkins has worked as an activist and advocate for years.
Tyler Titus became Pennsylvania’s first openly transgender elected official when he won a seat on the Erie School Board. Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of Victory Fund, believes “his victory will resonate well beyond state boundaries.”
Jenny Durkan is about to become Seattle’s first lesbian mayor, and the second woman to ever hold the office. In her victory speech, Durkan had a message for the White House: “Can I just say to Donald Trump… keep your hands off Seattle.”
Lisa Middleton was elected to Palm Springs’ city council, making her the first transgender person to be elected to a non-judicial position in California.
Hopefully, these trends will continue in future elections.
Read the Huffington Post article here.