Over 20 out LGBTQ candidates won primary races in Texas last night according to The LGBTQ Victory Fund. That represents a 33 percent increase from 2020 when 18 out candidates won.
Congratulations to each of the 24 LGBTQ candidates (and counting!) who won their primaries in Texas yesterday! With so much at stake for the LGBTQ community in Texas, your leadership and visibility is more important now than ever. https://t.co/JJdUqrRSd5
— LGBTQ Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) March 2, 2022
From The LGBTQ Victory Fund:
Ten of these candidates are running for the Texas state legislature, a body with just six out LGBTQ members currently serving.
LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Venton Jones advanced to a runoff election in his race for the Texas state House. Jones would be the first out LGBTQ Black man ever elected to the state legislature. He would also be the first out LGBTQ Black state legislator in the U.S. who is openly HIV-positive.
Jolanda Jones, also running for the state House, advanced to a runoff election as well. She would be the first out LGBTQ Black woman elected to the state legislature.
Christian Hayes, who is also running for state legislature and whose race has not yet been called, would join Venton Jones in being the first LGBTQ Black men elected to the state legislature if he wins in November.
Head over to The LGBTQ Victory Fund for more info.
The 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.
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— The Hill (@thehill) March 2, 2022
Update: The number is now up to 27 LGBTQ candidates and 5 are moving to runoffs.
🚨Update from Texas🚨
27 LGBTQ candidates have now won their primaries and 5 are moving to runoffs!
That's a 50% increase from 2020 when 18 LGBTQ candidates won.
— Albert Fujii (@AlbertFujii) March 2, 2022