Washington, DC – LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Kim Jackson won her race for the Georgia state Senate, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected to that chamber. There are currently just three openly LGBTQ Black women state senators in the entire country. Jackson is one of three non-incumbent LGBTQ Black woman state senate candidates endorsed by Victory Fund who won tonight, the other two being Tiara Mack in Rhode Island and Marie Pinkney in Delaware.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the victory:
“Kim shattered a lavender ceiling and is paving the way for a state government that is more representative of the people it serves. The energy and enthusiasm generated for Kim’s race will inevitably encourage more LGBTQ women and people of color to recognize their own viability and make the decision to run. As an Episcopal priest, Kim can diffuse legislators who claim religion as the reason they oppose equality and will make clear that many LGBTQ people are of faith too. While Georgia lags nearly every state in the nation in protections for LGBTQ people, Kim’s victory ensures our community has a voice at the table and gives hope that more are on the way.”
Currently just 42 openly LGBTQ state legislators of color are serving nationwide, including 13 openly LGBTQ Black state legislators. On November 3, 60 LGBTQ state legislative candidates of color were on the ballot, including 31 non-incumbents. Of those non-incumbents, 11 are Black.
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