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Good things that happened for us in 2018

Let’s forget about the horrible Trump administration and focus on gains made for LGBTQ people this year in the realms of policy and politics.

  • Colorado voters made history by choosing Jared Polis to become the state’s next governor, making him the first openly gay governor.
  • Kate Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, won her re-election bid in Oregon.
  • Kyrsten Sinema won her senatorial bid in Arizona, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to the US Senate.
  • In Kansas, Sharice Davids became the first Native American lesbian elected to Congress.
  • Chris Papas became New Hampshire’s first openly gay congressman.
  • Zach Wahls, who defended his lesbian moms in a public hearing on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, won his bid to become an Iowa state senator.
  • Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly affirmed that she would sign an executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination once she assumes office.
  • Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno made history by sharing a kiss with his husband in a political ad.
  • New Hampshire’s legislature passed a bill to ban conversion therapy. Maine’s governor also signed a law banning conversion therapy.
  • Delaware became the 14th state to ban conversion therapy for minors.
  • Massachusetts voters defeated a right-wing bid to strip trans people of civil rights.
  • Vermont’s governor signed a bill requiring gender-neutral public bathrooms.
  • California passed a law stating that transgender foster youth have a right to “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.”
  • Colorado made history as the first state to issue an intersex birth certificate to a person that is medically accurate.

via LGBTQ Nation