Washington, DC –Today, LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidate Fabian Nelson won the general election to represent District 66 in the Mississippi State House, making history as the first out LGBTQ+ candidate to win election to the state legislature. Until today, Mississippi and Louisiana were the only states that have never elected an out lawmaker.
LGBTQ+ Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker released the following statement:
“At a time when bigotry in politics is on the rise, voters in Mississippi House District 66 have chosen a different path. Fabian’s victory is a testament to his dedication to his community and his tireless work earning the support of voters on the campaign trail. Today, we celebrate with all the Mississippians who long for a better future that’s free of discrimination and hate. We look forward to seeing Fabian take his place in the Mississippi House of Representatives and get to work making the Magnolia State a more welcoming place for all.”
Another LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidate also made history in today’s election. Justin Lofton won his race in Pike County’s 1st District and will become the state’s first out LGBTQ+ county supervisor.
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.