Trans Woman Wins Historic Gubernatorial Primary Victory

BTL Staff
By | 2018-08-22T15:40:07-04:00 August 22nd, 2018|National, News|

Christine Hallquist Is Democratic Nominee for VT Governor
Washington, DC – Democratic primary voters in Vermont selected out transgender woman Christine Hallquist as their nominee for governor, making her the first out trans person to be the gubernatorial nominee of a major American political party. She joins three other openly LGBTQ candidates who received the Democratic nomination for governor this cycle – Kate Brown of Oregon, Jared Polis of Colorado and Lupe Valdez of Texas – a historic number.
Christine bested four primary opponents with a strong campaign organization and robust ground game while running on her extensive experience as CEO of a Vermont electric utility company. Christine, who already made history as the first CEO of a major corporation to transition on the job, will become the first openly trans person to serve as governor of a U.S. state and the second openly LGBTQ person ever elected governor, if she wins in November.
Mayor Annise Parker is the President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, an organization that works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government. She released the following statement Hallquist’s primary win:
“Christine’s victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government,” Parker said. “Many thought it unthinkable a viable trans gubernatorial candidate like Christine would emerge so soon. Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open and authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state, and who speaks to the issues most important to voters.”
Currently, 13 openly trans people are serving in elected office in the United States – and Victory Fund has endorsed seven this election cycle. With a win in November, Christine will be the highest-ranking openly trans elected official in the U.S.

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