The 2018 midterm elections were filled with some fantastic LGBTQ+ candidates and ballot questions surrounding LGBTQ+ rights. And like anything very queer, we’ve all been on the edge of our seats waiting for the results. Equally Wed has you covered with all the LGBTQ+ news you may have missed from the midterms.
Jared Polis made history ten years ago as the first openly gay man to win a congressional seat, and now he’s also this country’s first openly gay governor. He was elected after five terms and is also Colorado’s first Jewish governor.
In Massachusetts, voters passed Question 3 on the ballot, voting to keep laws that protect transgender and intersex people’s rights in public spaces. The law allows people to use restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities that correspond with the gender they identify with, rather than their assigned sex at birth.
Betsy Driver became the mayor of Flemington, New Jersey, beating Republican incumbent Phil Greiner.
Openly bisexual Kate Brown became the first openly LGBTQ+ person elected governor of an American state in 2016 and was re-elected as governor.
Florida elected several LGBTQ+ firsts
Teri Johnson became Key West’s first lesbian mayor, and Jennifer Webb will become the first LGBTQ+ woman to serve in state legislature. Unfortunately, Florida congressional candidate Lauren Baer—who would have been the state’s first LGBTQ+ representative in Congress—lost her bid.
Kim Davis, well known for refusing a marriage license to a gay couple in 2015, was replaced by Democrat Elwood Caudill.
Megan Hunt is Nebraska’s first openly LGBTQ+ person in state legislature
Nebraska was one of seven states in the United States that had never elected an openly LGBTQ+ state legislator, but that changed with Megan Hunt, Nebraska’s new openly bisexual senator.
J.D. Ford defeated State Senator Mike Delph to become the state’s first openly gay lawmaker.
Sharice Davids, elected to the U.S. Congress, became Kansas’s first openly LGBTQ+ state senator. Davids is also one of two of the first Native American women elected to Congress along with Deb Haaland. Kansas also appointed two openly gay candidates to the Kansas House of Representatives, Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodward.
Julie Johnson will now speak for District 115 in the Texas House of Representatives.
Hallquist, a Democrat, lost to incumbent Phil Scott after becoming the first transgender woman in the United States to win the gubernatorial nomination for a major political party.
Brian Sims was re-elected to the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania over independent James McDevitt.
Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones lost the race for the U.S. House to Republican incumbent Will Hurd.
In Minnesota, Annie Craig defeated a homophobe for Congress
Annie Craig, a lesbian mom with four kids, defeated her Republican opponent for Congress in Minnesota.
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