Washington, DC – Tonight LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Keturah Herron won the election for Kentucky’s 42nd state House district. With this victory, she remains the first and only out LGBTQ person elected to the Kentucky state House. Herron first shattered this lavender ceiling earlier this year in a special election. 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:
“Tonight is a resounding win for Kentucky, especially for LGBTQ people and Black people in the state who have lacked equitable representation for far too long. Keturah’s win is a testament to her stellar ground game as well as the tremendous results she’s already delivered during her time in the state legislature. When she won the special election earlier this year, she hit the ground running by leveraging her deep policy experience and ability to build diverse coalitions. She has the experience and political stamina to continue advocating for all Kentuckians. At a time of so many attacks on LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights, her leadership could not be more critical.”
There are currently just five Black queer state legislators, according to LGBTQ Victory Institute. To reach equitable representation, the U.S. must elect 346 more out LGBTQ people to state legislatures.
Victory Fund is tracking Election Night 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.