These LGBTQ+ Candidates Made History on Election Night

Sarah McBride will be the first out transgender state senator in the history of this nation

Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
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2 min readNov 4, 2020

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It was not long ago when openly LGBTQ+ lawmakers were few and far between. But today, the political landscape looks very different: LGBTQ+ rights have been under attack in the Trump era, but that has not stopped people from fighting for a seat at the table.

We’re keeping track of all the queer candidates who are making history in this election. Check this space for updates on how they are breaking barriers.

Sarah McBride

McBride became the first out transgender state senator in the history of this nation. The 30-year-old has been elected to Delaware’s 1st state senate district. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride, a longtime LGBTQ+ activist, wrote on Twitter.

Ritchie Torres

Torres became the one of the first openly gay Black men ever elected to Congress. He’ll replace retiring Rep. José Serrano in New York’s 15th congressional district. “Tonight, we made history,” he said. “It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the essential borough, the Bronx.”

Mondaire Jones

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Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
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Award-winning Puerto Rican journalist. Senior Writer at New York Magazine’s The Cut. Formerly GEN, Refinery29, and more. Read my work: https://www.thecut.com/