The Rainbow Wave sweeping America’s state legislatures isn’t fading anytime soon.
At least eight transgender women running for state legislative seats across the country will be on the ballot in November, according trailblazing Virginia state legislator and proud trans woman Danica Roem. The news comes after a number of recent primary elections in different states saw trans candidates secure their party’s nomination.
There are at least eight trans women running for state legislative seats who will be on the ballot this fall:
Rep. @Lisa4Exeter (NH)
Rep. @GerriCannon (NH)@SarahEMcBride (DE – SD1)@ByersForKansas @JanelleForPA199 @TaylorSmallVT @Jess4Assembly (WI)
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) September 16, 2020
One of this week’s most high-profile primary winners is trans advocate and HRC alum Sarah McBride, who scored the Democratic Party’s nom for a state Senate seat in Delaware this Tuesday, September 15. Her campaign is backed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, an org that helps queer candidates get elected nationwide. Now, she’s slated to become the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in U.S. history, The New York Times reports.
What’s more, she won her primary with an overwhelming majority of the vote. And by “overwhelming majority,” we mean more than 93% of Delaware Dems voted for McBride.
Back in 2018, McBride joined fellow queer activists Peppermint, Adam Eli, and Shelby Chestnut to deliver Logo’s LGBTQ State of the Union.
“Over the last year, we have witnessed relentless attacks from the Trump-Pence administration against the LGBTQ community,” McBride said. “But we also know that the challenges facing our community did not begin on January 20, 2017 [when Trump assumed office]. Before that date and to this day, a majority of states and the federal government still lack clear and explicit protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people. And through it all, the LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of this nation.”
Other trans politicians who will be on the ballot in November include Stephanie Byers of Kansas; state Rep. Brianna Titone of Colorado, who is up for re-election; Jessica Katzenmeyer of Wisconsin; and Taylor Small of Vermont, among others.
Congrats to these trailblazing candidates! In the words of Roem herself, “Go win.”
Main image: Sarah McBride.