Nine LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates won their races for the state legislature in today’s general election in Virginia, including Danica Roem, who will become the first out transgender state senator in the South. Notably, the election of Joshua Cole in District 65, resulted in flipping the House of Delegates back to a pro-equality majority. Non-incumbent LGBTQ+ candidates Laura Jane Cohen, Rozia Henson and Adele McClure won their House of Delegates races alongside incumbent Delegates Kelly Convirs-Fowler, Marcia Price and Mark Sickles. Senator Adam Ebbin also won reelection.
LGBTQ+ Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker released the following statement:
“Today, voters across Virginia resoundingly rejected the politics of bigotry and fear directed at the LGBTQ+ community. In Virginia and around the country, tonight’s results show that hate is a losing issue at the ballot box. We’re proud that our LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates were key to delivering a pro-equality majority in the General Assembly that will stand up to Glenn Youngkin’s bigoted policies. With so much on the line, Virginia was a top priority for LGBTQ+ Victory Fund this cycle. We’re joining with LGBTQ+ Virginians in all corners of the Commonwealth who are celebrating a new chapter in Virginia politics, one that includes all Virginians.”
More out LGBTQ+ candidates have run for office in 2023 than ever before in an odd election year. See live election results for all 166 LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates on the November ballot at victoryfund.org/results2023.