Thursday, December 27, 2018

LGBTQ community grabbed many 2018 victories in spite of Trump & religious right

The LGBTQ community had a very trying year with Trump trying to give us hell and various anti-LGBTQ groups and personalities exploiting their proximity to his Administration to rain more nonsense on our heads.But as 2018 closes, it all goes to show that the old saying of "no struggle, no progress" rings true . The adversity the LGBTQ community went through brought out the best in all of us. And while we lost a few minor scrapes, we won huge battles and gained new heroes in all fields. LGBTQNation  breaks it all down in The best things to happen to the LGBTQ people in 2018. While the excerpt below only covers the political spectrum, LGBTQNation covers our victories in a wide variety of areas, including entertainment and sports. The entire list is a much needed ego booster and it proves one thing about the LGBTQ community and those who support and love us - we know how to win the hard way

Colorado voters made history by choosing Jared Polis to become the state’s next governor, making him the first openly gay governor.  
Kate Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, won her re-election bid in Oregon.  
Kyrsten Sinema won her senatorial bid in Arizona, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to the US Senate. 
 In Kansas, Sharice Davids became the first Native American lesbian elected to Congress.  
Chris Papas became New Hampshire’s first openly gay congressman.  
Zach Wahls, who defended his lesbian moms in a public hearing on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, won his bid to become an Iowa state senator.  
Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly affirmed that she would sign an executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination once she assumes office.  
Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno made history by sharing a kiss with his husband in a political ad.  
New Hampshire’s legislature passed a bill to ban conversion therapy.  
Maine’s governor also signed a law banning conversion therapy.  
Delaware became the 14th state to ban conversion therapy for minors.  
Massachusetts voters defeated a right-wing bid to strip trans people of civil rights.  
Vermont’s governor signed a bill requiring gender-neutral public bathrooms.  
California passed a law stating that transgender foster youth have a right to “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” 
 Colorado made history as the first state to issue an intersex birth certificate to a person that is medically accurate.

I am sure there are a lot more LGBTQ victories and I think the LGBTQNation should be given some levity if  there are some you don't see.  Simply go to the article and list it in the comments section.