Things We Saw Today: A Few Election Victories For LGBTQIA People, Women, and People of Color
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) November 9, 2016
Considering what’s happened, here’s a list of landmark firsts that we shouldn’t overlook:
- Sam Park became the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia legislature.
- Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina senator of Nevada, and comprehensive reform immigration was a large part of her campaign.
- Kamala Harris became the first black senator to serve from California, and one of the first two Indian-American women ever elected to Congress.
- Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman to hold a seat in the House, and one of the first two Indian-American to be elected to Congress.
- Tim Scott is the first black senator in the South since Reconstruction.
- Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American to win in Minnesota.
- Kate Brown was elected as the first openly LGBT governor in Oregon.
- Adriano Espaillat became the first Dominican-American congressman in history, as well as the first formerly-undocumented immigrant in Congress.
- Affinity has a piece about how white feminism hurt us badly this election.
- Journalists have a tougher job than ever now, and The Washington Post shared a rousing call to action.
BoingBoing shared Harvey Milk’s “Hope” speech, which feels especially relevant and necessary today.
I know we haven’t covered a lot of geek news today, so here are a few stories:
- Tom Holland’s contract says he’ll be Spider-Man for 6 movies. (via /FILM)
- John Boyega has confirmed a Pacific Rim 2 title. (via THR)
- A Ghost Rider solo-series has been talked about. (via Collider)
It’s been an overwhelming day, but what did you see?
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