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Last night on the PBS news, anchor Judy Woodruff introduced a segment with these words: "As results of the 2022 midterm elections continue to come in, one trend is clear. It was an historic year for LGBTQ candidates vying for state and federal office."
I went glowy all over.
Reporter Laura Barrón-López then noted that Tina Kotek in Oregon and Maura Healey in Massachusetts will be America's first two lesbian governors. With Colorado reelecting Jared Polis in Colorado, a record-breaking three states will be led by LGBTQ chief executives.
I'm going glowy all over all over again.
Barrón-López said that "2022 marked the first time there were queer candidates on the ballot in all 50 states." I've heard the number was 49, but I like her number better. It's so round.
In New York's 3rd Congressional District, two gay men faced off, a political first. Republican George Santos won, which is unfortunate, as he's a Trump fan who attended the Jan. 6 rally, supports Florida's Don't Say Gay law and opposes abortion.
In a word, yuck.
But in other Congressional news, Vermont has its first woman headed to the House in the person of lesbian Becca Balint; Eric Sorensen will be the first openly gay person to represent Illinois; and Robert Garcia of California will be Congress's first gay immigrant.
A rainbow wave indeed.
And there's more. "It was also a history-making election for transgender candidates running for state legislatures," remarked Barrón-López. Zooey Zephyr and Leigh Finke are the first trans people elected to the legislatures of Montana and Minnesota, respectively, and James Roesener of New Hampshire became the first trans man elected to any statehouse in the country.
We know state legislatures have been vomiting out anti-transgender bills lately. Seeing that in Montana is why Zephyr ran for office. Now the anti-trans legislators in Helena will have to deal with a real, live trans person in their midst.
I'm not sure whether it should be police or sociologists standing by.