Texas Getting Friendlier To LGBT Candidates

Gina Ortiz Jones Via Facebook

A record number of LGBT candidates celebrated victory in the Lone Star State last week.

Led by Gina Ortiz Jones’ win in the U.S. congressional district 23 Democratic primary, LGBT candidates are winning in Texas like never before.

“Texas is witnessing a rainbow revolution, with openly LGBT candidates winning key swing districts that can determine the fate of the state House come November,” said former Houston mayor and President & CEO of LGBT Victory Fund, Mayor Annise Parker. “We remain one of the most homophobic and transphobic state legislatures in the nation, in terms of the number of anti-LGBT bills put forward, and the best remedy for that nonsense is to elect more LGBT leaders who will standup to the bigotry and hatred.”

Jones, 39, an Air Force intelligence officer who served in Iraq, easily defeated four other challengers for the Democratic nomination in Texas’ swing district 23. The district stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border from San Antonio to El Paso. Its current representative, Republican Will Hurd, is retiring. 

“Folks in South and West Texas are ready to send a leader to Washington who will fight for quality, lower cost health care, responsible and compassionate immigration reform, and an economy that works for everyone,” Jones tweeted last week. 

If elected in November, Jones would become the first lesbian from Texas to serve in the U.S. Congress. 

Elsewhere, four LGBT newcomers won state house races last week along with five incumbent LGBT state legislators.

“The women of the LGBT caucus are changing the hearts and minds of their legislative colleagues every day, but they need backup,” Parker said. “We have the opportunity to nearly double the number of openly LGBT state legislators – and that would be transformative.”