July 29, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Top 10 Nationwide LGBTQ Victories in the Midterm Elections

With the dust settling on yesterday’s midterm election results, it seems there is hope on the horizon for LGBTQ+ representation nationwide.

Not only did a record number of LGBTQ candidates run for various offices and win primaries nationwide, but several made history as of last night by winning. Here are the top 10 victories in the Rainbow Wave at the midterms.

1. Jared Polis from Colorado becomes the first openly gay man to be elected governor

Polis is a five-term Democratic congressman and father of two. He beat Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton last night.

“Tonight, Colorado rejected the Trump-Pence administration’s politics of bigotry and fear by choosing bold pro-equality champion Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “For nearly a decade in Congress, Polis fought to advance fairness and equality in Colorado and across America. 

2. Sharice Davids is the first queer Native American to represent Kansas

Democrat Davids beat Republican Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, making her the first Native American and the first LBGTQ+ person to represent the state in Congress. 

 

3. New Hampshire elected Chris Pappas as the first openly gay member of Congress

Democrat Chris Pappas bested Republican Eddie Edwards in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. A former state lawmaker, Pappas will be succeeding retiring Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. 

 

4. Lesbian Angie Craig bested anti-LGBTQ congressman in Minnesota

Not only is Craig the first openly gay person and lesbian elected to Congress from Minnesota, but she also defeated anti-LGBTQ+ GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

 

5. New Hampshire elected two transgender women to the House of Representatives

Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon won seats in New Hampshire’s Rockingham 18 and Strafford 18, respectively. This makes them the only openly trans members of any U.S. state legislature.

 

6. Democrats Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard became the first queer members of Kansas state legislature.

Queer-identifying State representatives Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard will represent Kansas’ 23rd and 30th Districts respectively.

 

7. LGBTQ+ community defender/ally Zach Wahls became a state lawmaker

Democrat Zach Wahls won the Iowa Senate District 37. He first made headlines in 2011 for defending his two moms and gay marriage before the Iowa House of Representatives.

 

8. Pennsylvania elected Malcolm Kenyatta as the first LGBTQ black man elected to state legislature.

A 27-year-old former Democratic National Convention delegate, Malcolm Kenyatta won the state representative seat in Pennsylvania’s 181st District.

 

9. Teri Johnston elected mayor of Key West, Florida, becoming the state’s first lesbian mayor.

Teri Johnston was elected mayor of Key West. A former city commissioner, she is the first openly lesbian mayor in Florida’s history.

 

10. Massachusetts voters uphold transgender rights protections

Last but not least, Pop. 3 on the ballot asked voters whether they wanted to keep an existing state law that shields transgender people from discrimination in public places. The majority  “yes” vote means people could use public facilities that match their gender identity.

Related Posts

Inclusive Pregnant Man Emoji May Be Coming To Software Updates

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

More inclusive emojis may be coming to future software updates, including one of a pregnant man. A “pregnant man” and...

$3 Million To Train California Teachers On LGBTQ Issues

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a final state budget that includes $3 million for LGBTQ cultural competency training for public...

PReP, The HiV Prevention Pill, Free

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

Insurers have been advised that they shouldn’t be charging for Truvada and Descovy as HIV prevention and that associated clinic...

Trans Incident At Wi Spa May Have Been Staged

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

On June 24th an Instagram user “cubaangel” posted a video of herself angrily confronting a staff member at the Wi...

Podcast Host Mat George Killed In Hit-And-Run

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Mathew George, gay co-host of the podcast “She Rates Dogs”, has died at the age of 26 after a hit-and-run...

Serenity Hollis, 25th Trans Person Murdered- E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 30th, 2021

June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Serenity Hollis, 25th Trans Person...

Cops Banned From NYC Pride- E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 23rd, 2021

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Cops Banned From NYC Pride...

Caitlyn Jenner Running For California Governor – E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 16th, 2021

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Caitlyn Jenner Running For California...

Talkshoplive Announces GLAAD As June Charity

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

As Pride Month kicks off, talkshoplive, the groundbreaking livestream commerce platform, announces GLAAD will be talkshoplive’s charity of the month...

LA Pride Announces “Thrive With Pride” Theme – E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 9th, 2021

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – LA Pride Announces “Thrive With...

LA Based Gay Comedian Nicky Paris Is Breaking Barriers

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Nicky Paris is an LA Based gay comedian on the rise.  Making waves performing throughout the country, Paris has been...

The Abbey Food & Bar Celebrates 30 Years

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

On May 23rd The Abbey Food & Bar celebrated 30 years since its founding in May 1991. The Abbey has...

Artists Featured For SaMo Pride Rainbow Road Art Walk

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

In honor of Pride month Santa Monica Pride (SaMo Pride) will feature a Rainbow Road Art Walk from June 4th-...

Crimson & Clover Studio De-stigmatizing Sex Through Humor

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Crimson and Clover Studio is an online retailer that sells goods to invoke laughter and destigmatize sex through humor featuring...

Railway Service Coming To WeHo

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Metro rail service might be coming to the city of West Hollywood.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)...