2018 Midterms: An LGBTQ Report Card for American Politics

While many have diminished the “Blue Wave” predictions from before the midterms, there is another wave that has been bolstered by the call in favor of Sinema winning her Senate seat in Arizona—becoming the first openly bisexual member in history.

Exit polls showed a surge on LGBT voters to 6 percent. And, almost all of them are backing the democratic party. The number of elected members of the LGBT community in Congress will be 10 this coming January—a record. Let’s dive into some of the landmark races we saw.

Kyrsten Sinema

In a nine moment of bisexual visibility, Sinema was elected in Arizona to replace the retired anti-Trump Republican Jeff Flake.

Jared Polis

Polis becomes this first openly gay man elected Governor in the US. Markedly, he won in Colorado which is infamous for their anti-gay amendment from the 90s.

Sharice Davids

Davis was elected in Kansas, and will be the the first lesbian congresswoman from the state and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress.

Along with these wins, Mark Takano from California, Mark Pocan from Wisconsin, Sean Maloney from New York, David Cicilline from Rhode Island, and the first ever openly gay Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin were also elected as openly queer people in the midterms. 

They will join in Congress: Chris Pappas from New Hampshire, Katie Hill from California, and first openly gay mother in Congress Angie Craig from Minnesota.

While they will certainly spend time pushing more agendas than just gay rights, at least there will be more voices the next time something like trans-rights comes along. Being in the house, they will serve on various committees that will have inverstigative powers into the anti-LGBT executive orders pushed by the curernt Trump administation.

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As a youthful bachelor, he lives off of white wine and avocados. He's also a freelance web developer. His addiction to pop culture is getting bad.

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