Transgender candidates have made history in the 2020 election results: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-representation-nearly-double-state-legislatures-n1246426 https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a34567467/election-2020-trans-winners/
Nevada voters approved an amendment to the state constitution which will protect the right for same-sex couples to marry. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/05/nevada-first-state-constitutionally-protect-same-sex-marriage/6183655002/ https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/nevada-becomes-first-state-recognize-gay-marriage-state-constitution-n1246607
In what some are already calling a “rainbow wave” in the 2020 election results, there have been many victories by LGBTQ candidates this year. Here are some stories and analysis: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2020/11/03/meet-2020-rainbow-wave-lgbtq-election-victories https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2020-election-brought-notable-firsts-lgbtq-candidates/story?id=74019639 https://theconversation.com/rainbow-wave-of-lgbtq-candidates-run-and-win-in-2020-election-149066 https://apnews.com/article/lgbtq-candidates-milestone-election-f33555c8fd1a8d2c31417cc60bf0022c
The 2021 longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced. Two novels with LGBTQ themes, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart and Memorial by Bryan Washington, are on the fiction list while My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland, described as an “exploration of one of America’s most […]
LGBTQ representation could double this year in the U.S. House of Representatives after Election Day. There are currently seven LGBTQ members of the House and at least 24 running this year. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-representation-house-could-double-election-day-n1245467
Vanity Fair and GQ have published conversations with Bryan Washington, author of the new novel Memorial. His story collection Lot was a Stonewall Honor Book this past year and “Good Morning America” just announced Memorial as its book club pick for November. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/10/bryan-washington-is-writing-the-next-generation-of-queer-love-story https://www.gq.com/story/bryan-washington-memorial-interview
A new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund reports that a record number of LGBTQ candidates will be on ballots across the country this year. The complete “Out on the Trail” report can be read here. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/over-500-lgbtq-candidates-appear-november-ballots-shattering-records-n1242961
Stephanie Byers is running for the Kansas House of Representatives and could be the first transgender lawmaker to serve in the state. She is one of at least 547 LGBTQ candidates running this year. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/blazing-pathway-retired-teacher-could-become-kansas-first-transgender-lawmaker-n1243777
The new HBO Max docuseries Equal (premiering October 22) combines documentary footage with live action narrative to bring the story of the early LGBTQ rights movement to life. You can read about the series and see a trailer here and also read about who plays who here.
As an update on the untimely death of transgender activist Monica Roberts, according to Monica’s mother Mabel, Monica died of natural causes on October 5, 2020. Earlier reports of the activist being struck by a vehicle were false. You can read the New York Times obituary here.