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Promising Election Day Results For The LGBTQIA+ Community

Amongst all the election-day chaos, came some very stellar wins for the LGBTQIA+ community. The United States elected their first transgender state senator and an openly gay African American congressman. Sarah McBride and Ritchie Torres were victorious by significant margins, representing a promising shift in the way people cast their vote.

Democratic activist Sarah McBride won the Delaware state senate race, making her the first and only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country's highest-ranking transgender official. McBride went against Republican Steve Washington to represent Delaware's 1st Senate District.

McBride had an overwhelming amount of support in this race, according to . unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections, she won about 73% of the vote.

McBride tweeted the following statement: "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too. As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it's time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families."

Over in New York, Ritchie Torres, a New York City Council member, won his US House race to represent the South Bronx, becoming the first black member of Congress who identifies as gay.

Torres made the following statement following his victory : “Tonight, we made history. It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the essential borough, the Bronx." Torres, who was born and raised in the Bronx, will be a champion for the affordability crisis and alleviating child poverty. Torres has always been candid about his own struggles with poverty growing up in the Bronx.

These standout victories for the LGBTQIA+ community represent a promising shift in the way people are voting in local and state level elections.

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