LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates Win Big in Pennsylvania; Primary Victories for Incumbents in Oregon and Idaho

Six of Seven Victory Fund-endorsed candidates win primaries Tuesday night

Washington, DC –  Pennsylvania candidates Malcolm Kenyatta and Kristin Seale are on-track to make history after winning their primaries on Tuesday night. Malcolm will become the first openly LGBTQ person of color to serve in the Pennsylvania state legislature if elected in November, and Kristin Seale will become the first queer state legislator. Brian Sims, the first and only openly LGBTQ state legislator in Pennsylvania – won his race unopposed. Six of seven Victory Fund-endorsed candidates with primaries tonight won their races.

“Representative Brian Sims has been our lone LGBTQ voice in the state legislature – standing up to bigoted colleagues and putting forward pro-equality legislation – but he won’t be alone much longer,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “With tonight’s victories, we are poised to triple the number of openly LGBTQ state legislators in Pennsylvania – an important step in moving equality forward in the state. While these out leaders will be champions for our community, their campaign platforms are about improving the lives of all Pennsylvanians. That is why they won tonight, and why they will win in November.”

Malcolm Kenyatta was awarded “Spotlight” status by Victory Fund in April – a designation given to state or local candidates in history-making races.

Beyond Pennsylvania, three Victory-Fund endorsed incumbents won their primaries: Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon state Rep. Karin Power, and Idaho State Rep. John McCrostie.

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