History Made in Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema Will Become First Openly Bi U.S. Senator

November 12, 2018 • 8:11 pm

WASHINGTON – Arizonans have elected U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to the United States Senate – making Sinema the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the chamber. Sinema first made history in 2012, when she became the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress as a House member representing portions of Maricopa County. Sinema’s victory is a milestone for LGBTQ representation in the Senate – and for bisexual Americans in particular. Freedom for All Americans’ CEO Masen Davis released the following statement:

“Kyrsten Sinema is a trailblazer who made history in 2012, and she has done so again with her election to the U.S. Senate. Senator-Elect Sinema’s visibility and advocacy for LGBTQ equality is inspiring and empowering, particularly to the young generation of LGBTQ activists and advocates; and her commitment to bipartisanship is a model for how to get things done in Washington. She faced a tough election this year, and her victory is a testament her character, work ethic, and leadership. Congratulations to Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema.”

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin made history as the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Baldwin won re-election last Tuesday, ensuring that there will be two openly LGBTQ voices in the U.S. Senate come 2019. Other LGBTQ candidates also made history this election cycle – Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected to a governorship, in Colorado; while Oregon voters re-elected Gov. Kate Brown to a full term. Brown made history in 2016 as the first openly bisexual person to win a gubernatorial election. Three states – Kansas, Minnesota, and New Hampshire — are sending their first openly LGBTQ Members of Congress to the U.S. House of Representatives this January.

The largest LGBTQ equality campaign this year was won in Massachusetts, where residents voted on whether to uphold the Bay State’s law protecting transgender people from discrimination. The Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign led the largest bipartisan coalition in the nation’s history to educate people about what it means to be transgender, and why transgender nondiscrimination protections are so important. The victory in Massachusetts made the Bay State the first in the nation to affirm transgender nondiscrimination protections at the ballot. Freedom for All Americans is proud to be a founding national partner, and one of the top contributors, to the Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Democrats, Republicans, and independents; businesses large and small; people of faith; and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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