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More LGBTQ candidates won than in any other odd-numbered election year

 

WASHINGTON, DC – While returns continue coming in, election results so far indicate a strong night for LGBTQ candidates, with at least 80 out queer and trans candidates winning their races as of November 6th at 12:40am ET. Twelve races remain undecided and three are heading to runoffs. 

 

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Roem’s opponent launched anti-trans ad in final weeks of the campaign

 

On Tuesday night Virginia Delegate Danica Roem – the first openly out-and-seated transgender state legislator ever elected in the United States – defeated her anti-LGBTQ challenger Kelly McGinn in a race that was considered a bellwether for whether Virginia is trending Democratic. Holding her seat was considered critical to Democratic efforts to retake the House of Delegates in 2019. Roem is now the first out trans state legislator to win reelection.

  

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Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune just weeks before he faced voters for reelection. This past April he declared his candidacy for president. Buttigieg and I spoke on the phone about his campaign, his values, and whom he looks up to in the LGBTQ community.

  

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