New Hampshire Elects First Openly Transgender Legislator

Jim Burroway

November 8th, 2012

The historic LGBT gains from Tuesday’s watershed election keep coming at the state level. Many of those, unfortunately, have gone unnoticed but they are nevertheless worth noting. Particularly in New Hampshire, where Stacie Laughton won one of three seats in the state House of Representatives for Ward 4. She earned 1,588 votes, easily beating two Republican candidates for the third seat:

“I believe that at this point, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community will hopefully be inspired,” Laughton said Wednesday. “My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman. Maybe in the next election, we’ll have a senator.”

This is significant because usually when we talk about “LGBT,” transgender advocates complain, with considerable justification, about the “silent T.” More electoral victories like this can go a long way toward changing that.

I’d like to pivot to other LGBT races, but I haven’t been able to track our victories at the state or local level. I do know that in Colorado, the Democrats have taken control of the state’s House of Representatives, which means that openly gay Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) is poised to become the chamber’s next speaker, which bodes well for another try at civil unions. Florida now has at least two openly gay legislators that I know of. I’m sure there are many more. I’d appreciate it if you can fill in some of the blanks in the comments below.

Timothy (TRiG)

November 8th, 2012

Bravo!

Incidentally,

I’d like to pivoting to other LGBT races

I guess that’s a typo of some sort, but I’m not sure what it is you were trying to say.

TRiG.

Jim Burroway

November 8th, 2012

It was a typo, the result of a last minute edit as I was rushing to leave the house.

leonardo Ricardo

November 8th, 2012

I often pivot…and then I sometimes dodge, duck and run for cover too (depending).

Robert

November 8th, 2012

I think this was one of the most exciting results of the election. I am glad the T portion of the LGBT is also getting their representation in hte faces of government.

More and more we find that we, as a community, are stepping up, and inot the public sphere. The more they see us, the more they know us, the better off we are.

fred williams

November 8th, 2012

this “woman” looks like a guy. what is our world coming to when people praise people like this guy/gal whatever it is

Sami

November 8th, 2012

this “woman” looks like a guy. what is our world coming to when people praise people like this guy/gal whatever it is

Yeah how dare ugly people show themself in public! Doesn’t she know that politicians are expected to be boner-inducingly gorgeous?

Take Mitch Mcconell for example. I don’t even like men and I get a chubby looking at that fine slab of turtle meat. This womam should hide herself in shame until she can be as sexy as the other politcicians!

Marcus

November 9th, 2012

You win this thread, Sami.

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