June 1, 2012 | by Phil Reese
Latina lesbian wins seat in Texas legislature
Mary Gonzalez, gay news, Washington Blade

With her primary win, Mary Gonzalez, is set to become the only out LGBT member of the Texas legislature. (Courtesy photo)

EL PASO — On Tuesday, openly gay latina activist and academic Mary E. González defeated her Democratic primary opponent in Texas House of Representatives District 75. The primary assures González will become the state’s first openly LGBT lawmaker since 2003 as she faces no Republican opponent in November, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

“This is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed González and supported her campaign.  “The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin.  And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all.”

 

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