Joe Mirabella

Out Lesbian Latina Won Texas House Seat

Filed By Joe Mirabella | June 04, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: lesbian elected official texas, out texas electeds

Mbigstock-Signs-And-Symbols-For-Texas-Co-319770(1).jpgMary Gonzalez, an out lesbian Latina woman, won a Texas State House seat last week.

NBC Latino reported:

Mary Gonzalez told them she was the best candidate to represent them and El Paso voters agreed, but along the way, the 28-year-old doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin broke her share of barriers.

"It's an honor to have broken so many glass ceilings - as not only being openly gay but also the first woman to get this position in my district," says Gonzalez, who won the state Democratic primary race to fill House district 75 and will win the seat because she has no Republican opponent.

"But it's important to note that we didn't run this race as 'I'm the gay candidate' or the 'woman candidate' but as 'I'm the best candidate.' It's very difficult to speak to voters about my sexuality when there are people who don't have water in their neighborhood,"she adds.

The Texas legislature is notoriously homophobic, so an additional out member is a welcome change in the right direction.

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