New Hampshire Elects First Transgender Lawmaker

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As more and more definitive winners are announced from Tuesday’s election, we continue to get more and more good news worthy of celebration in the LGBT community. While New Hampshire was wavering blue and red for most of the night (spoiler: it went to Barack Obama), the state also voted to elect Stacie Laughton, the Granite State’s first transgender lawmaker. Laughton, who beat out two Republicans, will serve in the state’s House of Representatives in Ward 4. She isn’t the first from the LGBT community to be elected, Rep. Ray Buckley was the first openly gay legislator all the way back in 1986. But, Laughton hopes that he election will inspire others in the transgender community to follow their dreams: “My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman,” she said. “We are people, too, who still have talents and ideas. And I hope that people won’t be afraid to get into politics, or any other position, for that matter. I want the community to feel inspired.” [HuffPo]


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