While conservatives did make big gains in off-year elections this week, there have been major gains for LGBTQ candidates in offices across the country.
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, 83 LGBTQ candidates had won their elections as of Wednesday, Nov. 3. That also means that there are more than 1,000 out LGBTQ elected officials.
“LGBTQ candidates across the country had a very successful Election Night and when they take office, we will have more than 1000 out elected officials serving for the first time,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “These victories for down-ballot candidates are critical, because local officials are best-positioned to change hearts and minds – as well as policies and legislation. Although the national media spotlight is focused on politics in Washington, DC, it is state and local leaders like the ones who won on Election Night that most impact the daily lives of residents.”
The National Black Justice Coalition celebrated the election and re-election of Black LGBTQ elected officials as well. Some of those winning on Tuesday included:
- Councilor Shannon Hardin re-elected in Columbus, OH.
- Councilor Andrea Jenkins re-elected in Minneapolis, MN.
- Chris Coburn elected as the first out Black LGBTQ+ city council member in Bozeman, MT.
- Chi Ossé elected to represent the 36th District of New York’s City Council.
- Crystal Hudson elected to represent the 35th District of New York’s City Council.
- Kristin Richardson Jordan elected to represent the 9th District of New York’s City Council.
- Willie Burnley Jr. elected to Somerville, MA city council.
“With a record number of Black LGBTQ+ and same gender loving leaders serving in elected offices around the country, now is the time to celebrate this historic moment in our movement in ways that will enable us to provide a safe and supportive space to build power to advance the political priorities that Black LGBTQ+/SGL elected officials champion in to advance policies and practices benefitting Black LGBTQ+/SGL people, families, and communities,” said David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.
New York and Salt Lake City also elected record numbers of LGBTQ people to city councils. In fact, Salt Lake City, the largest city in conservative Utah, has LGBTQ people holding four of the six city council seats.