This just in, folks. Looks like the midterm 2010 election will go down as having produced the most openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender winners in history. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced the news today with much digital fanfare, and, we're guessing, delightful little hors d'oeuvres for everyone. Washington even got in on the action, electing its first openly lesbian state legislator. Find out who after the jump.
The GLVF says that at least 106 of the candidates it endorsed won their elections.
A few of the biggest winners were Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline elected to Congress, Jim Gray elected as mayor of Lexington, Ken., Nickie Antonio, elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives, Victoria Kolakowski, elected as judge for the Alameda Superior Court in California, and, most importantly, Washington's own Laurie Jinkins, who won a seat as the Representative from Washington's 27th District in the State House.
The Democrat spoke to the News Tribune on election night--but not about anything to do with her sexuality. Rather, she talked about things like the budget and creating jobs--issues that voters actually elected her to take care of.
"I think the state budget is really the most important area of focus," she said. "...Just figuring out a way that we can have a really balanced and responsible budget that protects the core services, that's my priority."
Bottom line: gays still may not be welcome in the military, but they're finding plenty of room in all other areas of government.