Wednesday, November 07, 2018

News brief special - 2018 midterm Blue Wave fueled heavily with a shot from the rainbow: LGBTQ community garners huge victories

The Blue Wave took place last night with a huge shot of the rainbow

Don't let some members of the media push the false narrative. A blue wave took place last night and not only swept Democrats into having control of the House of Representatives, but certain wins conducive to their future successes took place. This is not to say that heartbreaking losses weren't suffered and voter suppression didn't do its work (particularly in Georgia). But the under written story of Tuesday night has to be the mega success of LGBTQ candidates and positions. It used to be that being an LGBTQ was a nonstarter to seeking public office. In this particular midterms, it wasn't. The news briefs below is list of our immense victories from last night. Let's not be too quick to celebrate yet. If I'm seeing this, then I am sure that the anti-LGBT industry is also seeing this. And we all know they don't back down from their homophobia. They tend to double down.

Celebrate LGBTQ Victories in the Midterms!:

A Pro-Equality Majority in the House of Representatives!

Democratic control of the U.S. House brings:
  • a pro-LGBTQ-equality majority to one arm of Congress, and the incoming House leadership has promised to make the Equality Act a priority
  • the potential for meaningful oversight of the Trump Administration’s anti-LGBTQ agenda
  • the potential to advance the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Record Wins for LGBTQ Candidates, including LGBTQ Parents! 

Just a few examples:
  • Sharice Davids becomes first LGBTQ person and Native American to represent Kansas in Congress
  • Jared Polis from Colorado becomes the first gay man – and gay dad – to be elected governor in the U.S.
  • Chris Pappas becomes New Hampshire’s first openly gay member of Congress
  • Angie Craig defeats anti-LGBTQ congressman to become first openly LGBTQ person – and lesbian mom – elected to Congress from Minnesota
… and across the country, many state legislatures added their first, or additional, out LGBTQ representatives to their rosters.
LGBTQ parents can let our kids know that families like ours were heard, respected, and elected last night.

Outspoken Generation Co-Chair Zach Wahls Becomes First Person with Openly LGBTQ Parents Elected to State Government!

Many of you will remember the viral video of Zach defending his moms against an attempt to invalidate same-sex civil unions in back in 2011. Continuing his record of leadership, Zach is now Senator-elect for Iowa’s Senate District 37.

Voters in Massachusetts Overwhelmingly Rejected Repeal of Transgender Protections

In doing so, Massachusetts became the first state in US history to successfully defend transgender rights by popular vote!

Democrats Regain Control of the New York State Senate

… raising the prospect of finally overturning the state’s draconian law prohibiting gestational surrogacy.

 LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave - More on the victories

 In addition:

 Two transgender women elected to N.H. House

Pennsylvania Doubles LGBTQ Lawmakers, Elects First Out Gay Black Man Malcolm Kenyatta, Re-elects Brian Sims

 Massachusetts voters uphold transgender rights law - This was already mention above, but I am posting an article about because the media has called it the first time a state has successfully defended transgender rights by popular vote.  

 Jared Polis Makes History As America's First Elected Openly Gay Male Governor - And this.

Christine Hallquist Loses Bid As First US Transgender Governor In Vermont - Unfortunately, we lost some tough ones. But Hallquist set the stage for the future.

Kim Davis, Kentucky clerk jailed over marriage licenses, loses re-election bid - And let's not forget who else lost last night.

1 comment:

Frank said...

I have some doubts whether the House will be able to accomplish much in the progressive direction given the likely obstruction by the Senate and the president. Disappointed that the blue ripple did not touch the Senate.