Vietnamese Refugee Wins Seat for Worcester City Council;
Currently there are just nine non-binary elected officials nationwide
Washington, DC – LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Thu Nguyen won their race for Worcester City Council to become the first non-binary person ever elected in the state of Massachusetts. Thu’s family sought refuge in Worcester when Thu was an infant, after their father was captured in Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for six years. Thu now works at the Southeast Asian Coalition tackling food insecurity, promoting civic engagement, and supporting small businesses.
Currently, there are just nine out non-binary elected officials in the entire nation.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement following their win:
“Thu shattered a rainbow ceiling in Massachusetts and will join a growing number of non-binary elected officials serving across the nation. Their victory proves voters look beyond gender identity and will elect leaders with the qualifications and drive to improve people’s lives. Thu’s experiences – as a person of color, non-binary person and refugee – will bring a unique and critical perspective to the city council and it will lead to more inclusive legislation.”
More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available atvictoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
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