Sharice Davids is an openly lesbian attorney, professional MMA fighter, Native American who is running for Kansas’ 3rd congressional seat. She will be challenging Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS).
“We need more people who look like the rest of the country to be running for office,” Davids said.
“I have a lived experience that we need to see more of on all kinds of fronts, from having started off with an associate’s [degree] at a community college to being raised by a single mom, being a first generation college student,” she said. “These things are not at all out of the ordinary for a lot of people in this country, but they are very out of the ordinary for the people who represent us in Congress.”
According to the New York Times, 400 LGBT candidates are running this year.