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posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 45
GLAAD applauds rainbow wave of victories and LGBTQ-affirming elections in the US House of Representatives
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GLAAD applauds rainbow wave of victories and LGBTQ-affirming elections in the US House of Representatives

NEW YORK (November 7, 2018) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today celebrated the LGBTQ-affirming wave of elections in the US House of Representatives, as well as key victories in governorships and statehouses nationwide. GLAAD also applauded voters in Massachusetts for supporting a 'Yes' vote on Question 3, upholding the state's transgender nondiscrimination law, which protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, hotels, and hospitals. The victory in Massachusetts marks the first statewide popular vote in favor of rights for transgender Americans.

The 2018 midterm elections were historic for LGBTQ, people of color, and women candidates, as several swept to victory in a wave of opposition to the Trump administration's anti-LGBTQ, hate-fueled, and anti-woman policies. As of this morning, the LGBTQ Victory Fund notes that LGBTQ people won eight federal office seats, 86 state office seats, and 34 local office seats. Sharice Davids of Kansas became the first out Native American woman elected to Congress. Angie Craig of Minnesota and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire became their states' first out officials elected to Congress. Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay person elected governor. Bi incumbent Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon was re-elected to a new term, and incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin will continue to represent Wisconsin as an out US senator. Out incumbent members of Congress David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, and Mark Tacano of California were all re-elected.

'This election is shaping up to be truly historic for LGBTQ candidates and, coupled with the change in leadership in the US House of Representatives, shows a rejection of the hate-fueled politics of the Trump administration that have heartlessly targeted LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, Muslims, and all vulnerable populations,' said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. 'The new House of Representatives is a critical check against the Trump administration's continued abuse of power and a strong signal that acceptance and inclusion are core American values. We must continue to grow the energy and enthusiasm from diverse voters across the country as LGBTQ Americans and our allies continue to push forward for equal protections under the law and grow support for writing explicit anti-discrimination into the US Constitution.'

Last night, GLAAD joined with LGBTQ organizations and allies to celebrate a victory in Massachusetts around Question 3, which cements nondiscrimination laws for transgender people in Massachusetts.

'Voters in Massachusetts made history and sent a clear message that transgender rights are human rights,' Ellis continued. 'The personal stories of so many transgender people in Massachusetts, coupled with support from allies in business, faith communities, sports, and so many areas of the state, shattered stereotypes and sparked this historic show of acceptance. This victory for transgender people all around the country is the latest sign that the Trump administration's attempts to discriminate against transgender Americans are completely out of step with where the American public is.'

Last month, GLAAD launched its first-ever 'Electing Acceptance' candidate survey - the only national candidate survey dedicated to LGBTQ acceptance - which received responses from 356 candidates running for US House and US Senate seats, as well as for governor and lieutenant governor, in the 2018 midterm election. Two hundred forty-five Democratic candidates responded, and only 32 Republican candidates responded. Ninety-nine percent of the Democrats who responded are categorized as 'allies,' meaning they responded they are 'comfortable' across seven scenarios involving LGBTQ people.

In the lead-up to the election, GLAAD launched the Amp Your Voice campaign and online action center, where users were encouraged to register to vote, take action on state and federal legislation, contact elected officials, and participate in other GLAAD actions to inspire LGBTQ Americans and allies to vote in the midterm elections.

GLAAD's Trump Accountability Project has documented more than 81 direct attacks on LGBTQ people - and especially transgender people - since President Trump took office. These attacks include ongoing efforts to ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in the military, revoking nondiscrimination protections for transgender youth at school, supporting religious exemptions that would lead to discrimination against LGBTQ people, and, most recently, attempting to erase transgender people's identities by redefining and restricting the legal meaning of 'sex' to sex assigned at birth.

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.

Courtesy of GLAAD

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Rainbow wave: LGBT candidates sweep into office
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Historic number of LGBTQ people elected to US House;
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VICTORY: Massachusetts voters uphold protections for Transgender people in historic ballot question
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GLAAD applauds rainbow wave of victories and LGBTQ-affirming elections in the US House of Representatives
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