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Headlines from History: LGBTQ candidates win big on Election Night 2019

Election results are still pouring in from races around the country, but it’s already clear that 2019 was a great year to be an LGBTQ candidate for public office.

See how each of the 111 Victory Fund candidates who were on the ballot yesterday fared using our live 2019 Election Results Tracker.

Last night, history was made as several states held state and local elections, and many jurisdictions elected openly LGBTQ leaders for the first time. Voters in Virginia flipped both houses of the state legislature to a Democratic majority and all five LGBTQ legislators were re-elected, including transgender trailblazer Danica Roem. In Texas, Victory Fund Spotlight Candidate Eliz Markowitz earned the most votes in her seven-way primary and advanced to a runoff in this special election for an open seat in the Texas House. LGBTQ Representation on the Indianapolis City County Council quadrupled, with Victory Fund Candidates Ali Brown and Keith Potts–as well as non-endorsed candidate Ethan Evans–joining incumbent gay Council Vice President Zach Adamson. Six openly transgender candidates were elected across the country.

Below are some headlines from this historic election.


Over 80 LGBTQ candidates win in Tuesday’s election
By Siobhan Neela-Stock | Mashable | November 6, 2019

80 LGBTQ Candidates Won on Election Day, Making History for an Odd Yea
By Kate Sosin | NewNowNext | November 6, 2019

Over 80 LGBTQ Candidates Win Elections as Rainbow Wave Continues
By Jacob Ogles | Advocate | November 6, 2019

Over 80 LGBTQ+ Candidates Won Election in 2019 Rainbow Wave
By Nico Lang | Out | November 6, 2019

Openly LGBT candidates win in Tuesday’s elections
By Lisa Keen | Windy City Times | November 6, 2019

Six Trans Candidates Won Their Elections Last Night
By Christin Marfice | | November 6, 2019

Transgender Candidates Won Big in Elections Last Night
By Matt Baume | Out | November 6, 2019


Indianapolis Elects Four Openly Queer Council Members
By Jacob Ogles | Advocate | November 6, 2019


Holly Ryan set to make history on Newton City Council
By Julie M. Cohen | Wicked Local | November 4, 2019


Democrats successfully flip both chambers of Virginia’s state government, giving party full control for first time since 1994
By Melissa Lemieux | Newsweek | November 5, 2019

Danica Roem Makes History Again, Becomes First Out Trans Person to Be Re-Elected to State Legislature
By Tim Teeman | Newsweek | November 5, 2019

Danica Roem just made history as first trans person re-elected to state legislature despite ‘transphobic’ ad blitz
By Patrick Kelleher | Pink News | November 6, 2019

Danica Roem wins reelection in Virginia state legislature
By Julia Manchester | The Hill | November 5, 2019

Karl Frisch to become first gay Fairfax school board member
By Michael Lavers | Washington Blade | November 6, 2019