Dyanna Bateman (she/her) // Graphic Design Editor
After four years of increased anti-LGBTQ+ policies being passed under the Trump administration, 2020 had something positive to offer with the largest number of LGBTQ+ candidates ever to appear on ballots in a single year. Of these 570 candidates, over 160 of them secured their office and many made history while doing it. This list is a compilation of LGBTQ+ office holders that are setting new precedents by being one of the firsts in their districts.
City Elections - Mayors
State Elections - Senators and House Elects
National Elections - US Representatives and Senators
The shattering of the lavender ceiling that we have experienced in 2020 is only the beginning. We still have a long way to go before eliminating homophobia and transphobia from our government. That's why we should continue to work towards representing queer and trans voices in our government. We can organize for, volunteer for, and vote for queer and trans candidates to continue this rainbow wave.
Note: This article attempts to celebrate all history making LGBTQ+ victories for mayor, state legislature, or national legislature elections. If any names are missing from this article, it is not intentional. Please reach out to us, and we would be happy to include more LGBTQ+ victories!