The US election may still be up in the air but while we wait in anticipation to find out whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden have won the majority of states (and check out how celebrities are reacting to the election (opens in new tab)), there is some good news worth celebrating. America has elected its first transgender State Senator and the state of Missouri has gotten its first Black congresswoman.
Both of the victories are firsts and have marked a monumental moment in US history. And with the uncertainty of which way the presidency will sway, it's just the news we needed to calm our election day anxiety (opens in new tab) - for a few hours at least.
Sarah McBride has been announced as the winner of the Delaware State Senate race, making her the first trans State Senator in United States history. Reacting to the news, McBride kept it simple and concise, tweeting: "We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
McBride, who is one of just four out trans people currently serving in various state legislatures, has outlined her policies which include making health care more affordable, instituting universal paid family and medical leave, championing universal pre-K, and focusing on criminal justice reform, multiple times throughout the run to election night.
Annise Parker, CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement (opens in new tab): "Throughout this election cycle, Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans people as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate."
She continued: "For Sarah to shatter a lavender ceiling in such a polarizing year is a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for fairness and equality."
It's official. The first-ever recruited Justice Democrat candidate @CoriBush is going to Congress.Six years ago police officers maced Cori in Ferguson as she helped spark a global movement. Three months from now she’ll be holding police accountable as a member of Congress. pic.twitter.com/Fskoa1QQ65November 4, 2020
Meanwhile in Missouri, Cori Bush became the first Black congresswoman after defeating longtime incumbent Congressman William Lacy Clay.
The progressive Democrat, who is a Black Lives Matter activist and a registered nurse, will now represent the first congressional district. The news was announced by political committee Justice Democrats on Twitter.
"It's official. The first-ever recruited Justice Democrat candidate @CoriBush is going to Congress. Six years ago police officers maced Cori in Ferguson as she helped spark a global movement," they tweeted. " Three months from now she’ll be holding police accountable as a member of Congress."
Bush is the first Black congresswoman in the state which is yet another milestone for not only women but the African American community.
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