Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Kameron Nelson won the election for South Dakota’s 10th state House District. Nelson is the first out LGBTQ man ever elected to the South Dakota state legislature and is the first LGBTQ man elected to the state House. South Dakota is one of just four U.S. states with zero LGBTQ state lawmakers, according to LGBTQ Victory Institute. A record number of LGBTQ people ran for state legislatures this year.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, issued the following statement:
“Kameron shattered this lavender ceiling because of the exceptional grassroots support he energized through his courageous and compassionate approach to politics. Voters are ready for the change he is prepared to bring, from safeguarding abortion rights to increasing equity within South Dakota’s education and health care systems. The future of LGBTQ equality will be fought and won in state legislatures and we are confident Kameron will be a fierce advocate and effective lawmaker on behalf of the community.”
To reach equitable representation, the U.S. must elect 346 more out LGBTQ people to state legislatures, according to LGBTQ Victory Institute.
Victory Fund is tracking election results at victoryfund.org/2022.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.