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Reaction to the 2022 Midterms

Executive Director Kierra Johnson Responds to Preliminary Midterm Results

(Washington, D.C. — November 9, 2022) National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director, Kierra Johnson, responds to the available results of the 2022 midterm elections the morning after election day.

We all woke up this morning to some exciting wins, some disappointing losses and many unanswered questions. What is undeniable is that our people turned out and prevented what some predicted would be a “red wave” election of the most extreme and anti-progressive candidates. We are thrilled that Massachusetts elected the first-ever out lesbian governor and that, for the first time, New Hampshire will have a Transgender state representative. We know that when young people, LGBTQ people and people of color turn out to the polls and stand against repressive and regressive policies and candidates, we gain victories like the ones we saw in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Vermont. We held back some attacks on our democracy, but we still have a lot of work to do.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts, with our eyes and actions toward imminent run-off elections and the road to 2024. We must inspire and grow the participation of fair-minded voters, especially in places where we have seen aggressive tactics to silence and disempower our communities. This is just the beginning for us! We are committed to doing all we can to strengthen our country and build a democracy that serves us all.

Kierra Johnson — Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Cathy Renna, Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force, 917-757-6123, [email protected]

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we have made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. Those barriers must go.

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