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