2018 Killed Me—and Kyrsten Sinema’s Swearing-In Look Brought Me Back to Life

That's Senator Sinema to you!

Today, January 3, 2019, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona officially became the first openly bisexual senator in United States history. As a fellow bisexual woman, I’m more than a little teary-eyed at the prospect of seeing a woman like Sen. Sinema—a smart, confident, and stylish bi femme who defied the odds by flipping her historically red senate district—sworn into office.

As a bisexual woman, I’m also losing my shit over her show-stopping look to the senate swearing-in ceremony.

The coat! You heard it here first, folks: 2019 is the year of the statement coat. Bland wool peacoats? Solid-colored fleece jackets? Girl, throw that shit in the trash and put the past behind you. #20BiTeen is here to stay slay.

I’m not saying that (hopefully faux) fur stole brought me back to life after 2018 stripped me of my will to live, but actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Didn’t you read the headline?

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Ignore M*k* P*nc*—and appreciate Sen. Sinema’s proud stance and fierce ’fit instead.

Sinema joins a historic class of senators and representatives in Congress. Her peers include Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and America’s first ever LGBTQ senator, Tammy Baldwin, who won her bid for re-election in Wisconsin during 2018’s midterm elections.

To all of the new women senators who will fight for women’s rights and LGBTQ equality (and flood the U.S. Senate more femme power than ever before)—thank you, and good luck. This country needs you.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.
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