A Florida city is now entirely run by LGBTI people.
Wilton Manors, near Fort Lauderdale, has a local government made entirely out of gay, bi and trans people.
Scott Newton, the last straight commissioner, lost his re-election bid in the US midterm elections.
There were two spots available for commissioner, and Newton lost both seats.
Florida city is now entirely run by LGBTI people
Wilton Manors current mayor, Gary Resnick, obtained one of the available seats. Paul Rolli, another gay man, identify as gay.
Justin Flippen, also gay, secured the role of mayor.
This means Wilton Manors is officially one of the most LGBTI-friendly cities in the United States.
Sean Meloy of the Victory Fund said: ‘LGBTQ people are severely under-represented at every level of government, so to have an all-LGBTQ city commission and an LGBTQ mayor in Wilton Manors would be an exciting moment, especially given the strong LGBTQ community there.’
Wilton Manors is the second city, after Palm Springs, to have an all-LGBTI city council.
Rainbow wave in US midterm elections
Over 100 LGBTI people were elected to public office in the midterm elections.
This is more than ever before, helped by the fact that more LGBTI people also ran for office than ever before.
GLAAD counted LGBTI people winning eight federal seats, 86 state office seats, and 34 seats at the local level, for a total of 128 wins.
Several of these wins were massive, such as Jared Polis becoming the first openly gay man elected governor. Another was Sharice Davids, becoming the first LGBTI Native American elected to Congress.
‘The new House of Representatives is a critical check against the Trump Administration’s continued abuse of power and a strong signal that acceptance and inclusion are core American values,’ said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD.
With all the wins, Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives.
Some wins you may not have heard about
Several wins made national headlines. With over 100 victories, however, there are smaller wins worthy of attention too.
In California, for example, multiple LGBTI people made big impressions in their communities. Ahmad Zahra became the first openly LGBTI Muslim elected to public office. He won his seat in the Fullerton City Council’s 5th district.
Katie Hill, an openly bisexual woman running her first ever political campaign, defeated incumbent Republican Steve Knight in California’s 25th District.
Previously, experts considered the seat a Republican stronghold.
In New Hampshire, meanwhile, the people elected two transgender women, Lisa Bunker and Geri Cannon, to the state House of Representatives.
Key West, Florida also elected their first lesbian mayor in Teri Johnson.