LGBT Americans won some and lost some during Election Day.
The good news is that all six LGBT members of Congress were re-elected:
Arizona: Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a bisexual Democrat
California: Rep. Mark Takano, a gay Democrat
Colorado: Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, a gay Democrat
New York: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay Democrat
Rhode Island: Rep. David Cicilline, a gay Democrat
Wisconsin: Rep. Mark Pocan, a Gay Democrat
Two gay Republicans also ran for Congress, with one losing and the other one winning in a race too close to call. Richard Tisei lost in Massachusetts, but Carl DeMaio holds a 752-vote lead in California with absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted. If elected, DeMaio would make history as the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress. Read our story HERE.
Four gay Democrats who sought seats in Congress lost. They include:
North Carolina: Clay Aiken, the “American Idol” runner-up
New York: Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes
Oklahoma: Al McCaffrey
Texas: Louis Minor
LGBT candidates who won
California: State Assembly Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was easily re-elected.
California: Sheila James Kuehl, lesbian goddess and a former TV star, becomes one of the five members of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She overcome an opponent with a powerhouse name, Bobby Shriver, a nephew of JFK.
Idaho: Openly gay candidate John McCrostie was elected to the state House of Representatives.
Massachusetts: Maura Healey becomes the first LGBT person elected as Attorney General in a U.S. state.
LGBT candidates who lost
California: Lesbian leader Rebecca Kaplan will not be the next mayor of Oakland.
Idaho: Openly gay candidate for governor, Steve Pankey of the Constitution Party, finished fifth out of six in a race that saw homophobic Gov. Butch Otter re-elected. Otter immediately vowed to continue to fight the federal rulings the overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Maine: Rep. Mike Michaud finished a close second in a three-way race for Governor. Had he won, he would have become the first openly gay person to hold a Governor’s office in the U.S.
Massachusetts: Openly gay Steve Kerrigan could have become Lieutenant Governor.
Nevada: Openly transgender Republican Lauren Scott lost her bid for state Assembly.
Washington DC: Openly gay David Catania lost his bid to become mayor.
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As a matter of full disclosure, Hale Media Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio.
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Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN and GLBTNN. He can be reached at email@example.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.