Tonight all eight LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates for the Virginia state legislature won their primary elections, including Danica Roem who would be the first out trans state Senator ever elected in the South, and Josh Cole and Rozia Henson who would be the first out LGBTQ+ Black men ever elected to the Virginia legislature. LGBTQ+ representation in the state legislature is now on track to increase from five to eight, a 60% increase.
“Representation is power. Tonight’s wins are a clear sign that despite increased homophobia and transphobia, the LGBTQ+ community refuses to back down. Voters are excited about these candidates’ credentials, priorities and positive visions for the future. Tonight’s results are also a rallying cry to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to double down in our work to ensure these leaders are successful in November. Our rights depend on it,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund.
Winning LGBTQ+ State Senate Candidates:
- Adam Ebbin
- Danica Roem
Winning LGBTQ+ State House Candidates:
- Laura Jane Cohen
- Joshua Cole
- Kelly Convirs-Fowler
- Rozia Henson
- Adele McClure
- Mark Sickles