Maura Healey of Massachusetts became the first lesbian governor in America, Breezy Johnson came out as bisexual, and Minnesota elected its first trans lawmaker.
Maura Healey Makes History as First Lesbian Governor
Maura Healey made history by becoming the first lesbian governor in U.S. History after beating Republican Geoff Diehl.
Healey is no stranger to making history as she was the first gay attorney general elected in the country in 2014. Healey led the first state challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned same-sex marriage.
She ran on a platform of investing in housing, public transportation, the clean energy economy, and job training and ran alongside lieutenant governor candidate Kim Driscoll, the mayor of Salem.
The Human Rights Campaign congratulated Healey on her win, saying, "As one of our nation's first lesbian governors, she will not only be a champion of pro-equality policies, but also a role model for the entire LGBTQ+ community."
Olympic Skier Comes Out as Bisexual
Breezy Johnson. Photo via Facebook.
Olympic skier Breezy Johnson recently came out as bisexual.
In a post on Instagram she wrote, “So I’m bisexual. Before this season starts I wanted to be open about who I am. To those people out there who feel a little different and want to see people like them at the top. I am here to represent that we are out there, we are normal, and we can do whatever we want.”
Johnson made her Olympic debut in 2018 and was qualified to make Team USA in Beijing this past year but had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
Notably, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard posted a statement in support of Johnson.
“I am so proud of Breezy,” said the organization’s Chief of Sport, Anouk Patty, in the statement. “It takes courage to be true to yourself and to be a role model for others. She is so strong and amazing both on and off the hill. I’m so happy today for our team and our sports broadly. When every athlete can be their true selves, they are their best selves.”
Minnesota Elects First Trans State Lawmaker
Leigh Finke. Photo via Facebook.
Leigh Finke has been elected as Minnesota’s first transgender lawmaker getting 15,635 votes in District 66A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Finke ran on abortion, improving mental health in schools, LGBT issues and economic opportunities.
Finke turned to Twitter to address the victory.
"Many stories will be written about Minnesota’s elections," she said in a tweet quoting the Victory Fund. "One undeniable story is the rise of Queer Political Power."
Annise Parker, the president and CEO of Victory Fund spoke on Finke’s win saying, "Leigh made history tonight because she is ready to disrupt the status quo and fight for real change on behalf of her community, from safeguarding abortion rights to addressing societal inequities, she has a vision for the future that voters are clearly enthusiastic about. Her win is a clear and deafening rebuke to the transphobia currently sweeping our communities and her success will inspire other trans people to step up and run."