Isn’t it interesting that ABC News headline says “Democrats on track” to elect the first LGBT black men into Congress?
We believe it is part of the plan. Biden has already admitted he will be the most aggressive LGBT president in history. So it is extremely beneficial for them to have gay lawmakers in Congress.
From ABC News
Ritchie Torres said that fourteen years ago he was a teenager struggling with depression and his sexual identity.
“I felt as if the world around me had collapsed,” he said. “There were moments when I even thought of taking my own life.”
Years later, after becoming the youngest member of the New York City Council, he’s on the verge of possibly representing the South Bronx in Washington, DC.
“The lesson learned from my life is that even in the moment of greatest darkness, never lose hope,” he said.
Torres and attorney Mondaire Jones are leading crowded fields in primaries to replace retiring Reps. Jose Serrano and Nita Lowey. While neither race has been called by the Associated Press or ABC News, as absentee ballots have yet to be counted, both, should they win, could become the first openly gay Black members of Congress.
“With these two candidates, we are on the cusp of achieving history,” Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, told ABC News. “
Jones, an attorney who worked in the Justice Department under President Obama and the Westchester County Law Department, received endorsements from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
He leads an eight-candidate field in a district that includes portions of New York’s Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York City’s northern suburbs.
“This is a huge victory for the progressive movement and for the working people of New York’s 17th Congressional District,” Jones told ABC News. “Government has never worked for everyone, it’s only ever worked for a subset of the American people, and I’m running to change that.”
Many took to Twitter to celebrate history being made.
So New York didn’t only choose Jamaal Bowman over Eliot Engel tonight.
It also elected Ritchie Torres, who will go on to be the first openly gay Afro-Latinx man in Congress.
AND Mondaire Jones, the first openly gay Black man in Congress.
History is being made.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 24, 2020
Election Recap of the New York Primaries:#NY14: AOC ☑️#NY15: Ritchie Torres ☑️#NY16: Jamaal Bowman ☑️#NY17: Mondaire Jones ☑️#ElectionTwitter #NewYorkPrimary #KentuckyPrimary pic.twitter.com/nqiHwS1333
— The Election Center (@ElectionCenter_) June 24, 2020
“This has been a long time coming.”
Two Democratic candidates — Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones — appear poised to become the first Black gay men in Congress https://t.co/es0lpuBzG1
— TIME (@TIME) June 24, 2020