LGBTI candidates surf rainbow wave to victory in US election

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LGBTI candidates surf rainbow wave to victory in US election

Wins for 10% of candidates hailed as historic moment for LGBTQ people of colour and transgender Americans

Hugo Greenhalgh

LGBTI candidates have surfed a rainbow wave to victory in the US elections as early results suggest a series of historic wins, including Sarah McBride becoming the first openly transgender person to win a state senate seat.

At least 35 of a record 312 LGBTI candidates on the ballot were estimated to have won as of early Wednesday, including Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, respectively the first out gay Afro-Latino and black men elected to Congress.

“Tonight’s wins for LGBTQ people of colour and transgender Americans across the country are historic and long overdue," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the LGBTI rights organisation GLAAD...

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