2020 has been rough… that’s probably the understatement of the year. But there have been some bright spots that we need to recognize. Beyond the eventual replacement of the Commander and Chief, 2020 saw huge gains for our LGBTQ community in political, legal, and religious spaces. In fact, we now have our greatest representation in Government ever, with nine new openly gay congress-people comprising a LGBTQ Wave that was just Elected to Congress!
Who Makes Up The LGBTQ Wave Elected to Congress?
There are currently seven openly LGBTQ members of the House of Representatives serving in government. They are joined by two openly gay Senators. We just saw the election of two more openly gay New York Congressmen, Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres. In fact, they are the first two gay black men in Congress in history!
This brings our total to eleven LGBTQ members of Congress, our greatest governmental representation ever! When policies are being discussed and laws are being written, we finally have seats at the table to fight for our interests. It’s the greatest thing to come out of this election, unless we get to watch an orange man get fitted for an orange jump suit.
Are There Any Other Election Results Worth Mentioning?
Of course, in an election of this magnitude there were numerous closely-contested races with interesting characteristics. In another breakthrough, we now have six indigenous congress-people! I am very sensitive to the concerns of our oppressed community, but I often feel ashamed for the horrible treatment our country has shows to our indigenous brothers and sisters. I am hoping that increased representation equal increased access to opportunities for these communities.
In what was a rollercoaster election, we still don’t have a government that represents to breadth and diversity of the American people. However, we are gradually taking steps towards a more perfect union. Arizona, I am proud of you! Our Senator, Kristen Sinema (Incumbent), is part of this wonderful LGBTQ Wave Elected to Congress!