Equality was a big winner in the 2020 election even before the race was called for Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Biden, a champion of LGBTQ rights, promises to make the Equality Act a top priority and hopes to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days of being in office.
The Human Rights Campaign released a statement after Biden’s win saying, “President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are not just willing to be our allies, but they are true advocates for equality. And theyâ€™ve done it for decades. From Bidenâ€™s work championing hate crimes protections in the 1980â€™s to Harris performing some of the first marriages for LGBTQ couples after Prop 8 was overturned, these leaders have a clear vision that centers unity over division.”
Across the country, LGBTQ candidates made progress with notable firsts in the 2020 election, including a historic win for Democrat Sarah McBride, who became the first trans state senator, winning a seat in Delaware. Songwriter Justin Tranter, tweeted, “ICON” at McBride’s twitter page, while “Hamilton’s” Rory O’ Malley sent his congratulations.
— Rory Oâ€™Malley (@RoryOMalley) November 4, 2020
Tyler Oakley wrote. “congratulations, senator! you make us all proud.”
congratulations, senator! you make us all proud.
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) November 4, 2020
“Connecting” actress Shakina was among the many celebrities who also sent in messages of congratulations on McBride’s historic win. “Hamilton’s” Javier Munoz also congratulated McBride, saying, “As a state senator, she will also be the country’s highest-ranking openly transgender official â€” and first elected official in Delaware’s history.”
Jabari Brisport became the first LGBTQ person of color elected to the New York State Senate, while Taylor Small was the first out trans person elected to the Vermont State Legislature, winning 41% of the votes.
Another significant win was by openly gay LGBTQ Afro-Latino candidate Ritchie Torres, who won the 15th Congressional District of New York. Torres said, “Tonight, a new era begins for the South Bronx. It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who risked their lives so that New York City could live.”
Mondaire Jones won the 17th Congressional district of New York, and along with Torres, they became the first two openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Jones tweeted, “The victories of Mr. Jones and @RitchieTorres also mean that by one measure, gay Black Americans may finally have representation in Congress that mirrors their representation in the broader population.”