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    Murdyk has considerable experience in private practice having worked over a decade with Disability Rights California, where he worked as the group's managing attorney, director of litigation, and deputy director. In 2018, Murdyk joined the California Department of Rehabilitation, becoming its chief counsel until 2020. Murdyk earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1989. The transgender attorney’s appointment to the bench earned praise from legal and leftwing activist communities. Leah Wilson, the executive director of the State Bar of California, said, “The values of diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to the State Bar's mission, and I thank our Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation for their important work, and I applaud Gov. Newsom on his commitment to a diverse judiciary.” Wilson continued, “Superior Court Judge Andi Mudryk's appointment is a touchstone moment in California history that will lead to more opportunities for transgender people throughout the legal profession.” Equity California, the country’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization celebrated Murdyk as the second openly transgender judge in California. Tony Hoang, the group's...
    The first openly transgender Miss USA contestant, Kataluna Enriquez, was eliminated before the round of 16 on Monday in the beauty contest, NBC News reported. Earlier this year, Enriquez was crowned Miss Nevada after she beat out 21 other contestants at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.  Enriquez then went on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in Tulsa, Okla., at the River Spirit Casino Resort, but her journey to the crown ended early before the round of 16, according to NBC News. The Miss Universe system, which includes Miss USA, began allowing transgender contestants to enter pageants in 2012, according to the outlet.  Before her exit from the pageant, Enriquez received kind words from leaders in her home state who mentioned her historic entry into the event.   "Kataluna represents the best of her community and our state and when she takes the stage, she'll make history!" Nevada Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakNevada lawmakers approve maps giving edge to Democrats America's clean energy future cannot stop at state lines Michele Fiore announces campaign for Nevada governor MORE (D) wrote...
    A Nevada Democrat on Wednesday launched her bid to become the first openly transgender statewide elected official in the U.S.  Kimi Cole, who publicly transitioned a decade ago, announced her bid to run for Nevada’s lieutenant governor position, which was vacated earlier this year after former Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall (D) accepted a job within the Biden administration and resigned from her post in the state.  "I’m a lifelong Nevadan with deep roots all across our state. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I believe Nevadans of all walks of life want and deserve authentic leadership, and that’s exactly what this campaign is about,” Cole said in a statement.  It’s time for us to come together and continue to make progress on the promise of Nevada for every Nevadan. pic.twitter.com/rJ6NdicK9x— Kimi Cole (@KimiColeNV) November 10, 2021 Cole, who is currently the chair of the Rural Nevada Democratic Caucus, has lived in the state for 65 years and been involved in Nevada politics for close to 10 years.  In her campaign announcement on Wednesday — roughly a year out from the...
    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rachel LevineRachel LevineThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control Pittsburgh-area cops called Black Lives Matter protesters 'thugs,' 'terrorists' in Facebook group: report Overnight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees MORE to be assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, making her the first openly transgender official ever approved by the upper chamber. Levine, previously physician general and secretary of health in Pennsylvania, was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48 on a mostly party line vote, with GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control Congress wonders how to pay for Biden's infrastructure proposal Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump allies line up ahead of potentially bruising primaries OVERNIGHT ENERGY: White House pulls deputy Interior secretary amid reported pushback | Fed to form committee focused on climate risks to financial system | Democratic senators call on Biden to sanction Russian gas pipeline Nord...
    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rachel LevineRachel LevineThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control Pittsburgh-area cops called Black Lives Matter protesters 'thugs,' 'terrorists' in Facebook group: report Overnight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees MORE to be assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, making her the first openly transgender official ever confirmed by the Senate. She was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48 on a mostly party line vote, with GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control Congress wonders how to pay for Biden's infrastructure proposal Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump allies line up ahead of potentially bruising primaries OVERNIGHT ENERGY: White House pulls deputy Interior secretary amid reported pushback | Fed to form committee focused on climate risks to financial system | Democratic senators call on Biden to sanction Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE on Tuesday named Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), a nominee who could make history by becoming the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts,” he added. Levine is a physician and professor of pediatrics and psychology at the Penn State College of Medicine and has been leading the state’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She was confirmed three times by the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania State senate . A graduate of Harvard...
    President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would make history if confirmed. Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine for the position on Tuesday, and should she get confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first openly transgender to be confirmed in U.S. history. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts," Biden said in a statement. Levine is currently serving as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health. Prior to her confirmation in March 2018, she worked in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration as the physician general for the state. She held that position until 2017 when she was named acting secretary of state, and less than a year later, she...
    DOVER, Del. (CBS) — The Delaware General Assembly began its new session today. New and returning members were sworn in. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, legislators started their new session as they ended their last one — virtually. The makeup of the General Assembly is more diverse this session. State Sen. Sarah McBride is among the new members, and tweeted about using a childhood bible to take the oath today. “So help me God.” pic.twitter.com/Cjy5p5moQO — Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) January 12, 2021 McBride is the first openly transgender lawmaker in the country. The senator represents Claymont and parts of Wilmington.
    NEW YORK - Across the nation, LGBTQ candidates achieved milestone victories in Tuesday's election, including the first transgender person elected to a state Senate, and the first openly gay Black men to win seats in Congress. The landmark wins came not in only blue but also red states such as Tennessee, where Republican Eddie Mannis, who is gay, and Democrat Torrey Harris, who identifies as bisexual, won seats in the state House to become the first openly LGBTQ members of that legislature. According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, that leaves only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi as states that have never elected an LGBTQ legislator. "Torrey and Eddie sent a clear message that LGBTQ candidates can win in a deep red state while being their authentic selves," said the Victory Fund's president, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "Their presence in the state legislature can dilute the most toxic anti-LGBTQ voices and lead to more inclusive legislation." In New York, attorney Mondaire Jones won in a district of New York City suburbs and Ritchie Torres,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Across the nation, LGBTQ candidates achieved milestone victories in Tuesday’s election, including the first transgender person elected to a state Senate, and the first openly gay Black men to win seats in Congress. The landmark wins came not in only blue but also red states such as Tennessee, where Republican Eddie Mannis, who is gay, and Democrat Torrey Harris, who identifies as bisexual, won seats in the state House to become the first openly LGBTQ members of that legislature. According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, that leaves only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi as states that have never elected an LGBTQ legislator. “Torrey and Eddie sent a clear message that LGBTQ candidates can win in a deep red state while being their authentic selves,” said the Victory Fund’s president, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “Their presence in the state legislature can dilute the most toxic anti-LGBTQ voices and lead to more inclusive legislation.” In New York, attorney Mondaire Jones won in a district of New York City suburbs and Ritchie Torres,...
    Democratic candidates made history on Tuesday. LGBTQ candidates won seats in state legislatures across the country and in Congress on Tuesday, in many cases becoming the first out LGBTQ person to win office in their state. Seats were won by openly LGBTQ Democratic candidates in Delaware, New York, Colorado, Vermont, and Florida. In Kansas, a transgender candidate is currently ahead in her race, with counting not yet finished as of this writing. Sarah McBride won her race for the state Senate in Delaware, making her the first openly transgender person elected a state senator in the country. She follows in the footsteps of Virginia Del. Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person to become a state legislator. Roem won reelection in 2019, despite transphobic attack ads that were run against her.
    Representative Shevrin Jones As we wait for results to come in, it’s understandably tough to feel much relief or joy. After all, the presidential election carries an enormous amount of weight. What also carries a lot of weight? State and local elections. And we already have some big victories to celebrate when it comes to historic firsts for the LGBTQ community. Let’s check out some major wins. First, as Daily Kos covered on Tuesday evening, Delaware made history in electing the first openly transgender state senator. Not just the first in the state, but in the entire nation. Sarah McBride was poised to win and did so in a landslide. Another big win that’s gotten mainstream media attention comes out of Vermont, where Taylor Small won a House seat, making her the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker. Other big wins include Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, both out of New York, who made history as the first openly gay Black candidates elected to Congress. Torres is also the first gay Afro Latinx candidate elected to Congress. Want to look at...
    While most Americans continued awaiting the presidential election results, history was silently being made in Delaware. Sarah McBride, 30, made history on election night by becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state Senate in U.S. history. She easily won her race in Delaware, and has officially become the country’s highest-ranking transgender official. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. “As Delaware continues to face the COVID crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.” McBride was up against Republican challenger Steve Washington, and beat him comfortably to represent Delaware’s 1st Senate District. The incumbent, Democrat Harris McDowell, did not run for reelection. While there are still barriers to break when it comes to transgender people holding office in the federal government, this is a huge step forward for representation in the trans community. McBride is a former spokesperson for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights...
    Transgender activist Sarah McBride campaigns in Claymont, Delaware. Jason Minto/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.When Sarah McBride was 13 years old in 2004, still struggling to accept her gender identity, she built a stage in her Delaware bedroom with a podium. On it, she recited Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention over and over, excited by the future president’s call for Americans to embrace more diversity. She probably didn’t realize then that she’d be an essential part of that vision. Tonight, McBride, now 30, made history by winning her state Senate race in Delaware, becoming the first openly transgender person to ever become a state senator in the United States, and the country’s highest-ranking openly trans official. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride, a Democrat, tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. She easily beat her Republican opponent, Steve Washington, after Democrat Harris McDowell did not seek reelection after more...
    Sarah McBride has become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history after easily defeating Republican candidate Steve Washington to represent Delaware's 1st District. As a state senator, she will also be the country's highest-ranking openly transgender official. "We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you," McBride tweeted. "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too. As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families." McBride replaces incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell, who did not seek re-election after 44 years. CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS The Human Rights Campaign, for which McBride is a spokesperson, took to Twitter to congratulate her. "We're so proud of you for this historic win," the LGBTQ rights advocacy group wrote. McBride told the New York Times that she wanted her victory to inspire others. “My hope is that this result can help reinforce for a young kid trying to find...
    Sarah McBride is the first self-described “transgender” candidate to win a state senate seat in Delaware, the home state of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. #BREAKING: Delawares Sarah McBride to become nations first trans state senator #ElectionNight https://t.co/383HAdee57 pic.twitter.com/hFIHCqEz2G — The Hill (@thehill) November 4, 2020 .@SarahEMcBride will become the highest-ranking transgender politician in the country after winning her state senate race in Delaware’s District 1. Read more here: https://t.co/WaSqjt8wwL pic.twitter.com/lgke2g235t — them. (@them) November 4, 2020 Congratulations to our very own @SarahEMcBride on becoming the first openly transgender state senator nationwide and first trans member of Delawares Legislature! Were so proud of you for this historic win. #ElectionNight #UnityWins pic.twitter.com/ahthxtdgG4 — Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 4, 2020 @SarahEMcBride, you have trailblazed, inspired, and given all of us hope. Your historic election tonight is a remarkable reminder that we can work together for a brighter, more inclusive, and queerer future. Onward! pic.twitter.com/BjMsZJOoc9 — LPAC (@TeamLPAC) November 4, 2020 Politico reported on the win: McBride’s win, which was reported by The New York Times, means she will be the highest-ranking...
    Sarah McBride has declared victory in a Delaware state senate race, making history as the nation's first transgender state senator. The Democratic candidate defeated Republican Steve Washington.  "We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you," McBride tweeted on Tuesday night.  McBride launched her campaign for state senate in Delaware last year, after becoming the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in U.S. history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you.— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 4, 2020 The 28-year-old is a transgender activist who served as the national press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Her campaign gained the support several high-profile figures in Delaware, including Joe Biden's family, Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, who called McBride a "tireless advocate and trailblazer" well-known throughout the state.  After winning her primary race in September, McBride said she...
    On an evening when just about everyone is (understandably) focused on the presidential race between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, there are a number of local and state races bringing in truly exciting and results. One example? Let’s look at Delaware. As reported by the LGBTQ Victory Fund and The New York Times, Democrat Sarah McBride won her bid for a seat in the Delaware state Senate in a landslide. This victory makes McBride the highest-ranking openly transgender legislator. No, not just in Delaware: in the entire United States. When speaking to Marie Claire in an interview back in September, McBride said one of her hopes in this race is for “this election can help show a young kid struggling with their place in the world here in Delaware or North Carolina or Texas or anywhere that our democracy is big enough for them—that they can be themselves and the sky can still be the limit.” Inspiring words from a truly inspiring person. She tweeted a similar sentiment after her win tonight. xI hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that...
    Delaware elected the nation’s first transgender state senator on Tuesday. Activist Sarah McBride, a Democrat, claimed swift victory in her race for the 1st Delaware State Senate district seat, according to the New York Times and the LGBTQ Victory Fund. The win makes McBride, 30, the highest-ranking elected openly trans lawmaker in the US. McBride, who interned at the White House during the Obama administration, made history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention by becoming the first trans person to speak at a major party convention. She’s currently national press secretary for the LGBTQ civil rights organization Human Rights Campaign. “We’re so proud of you for this historic win,” the organization tweeted. McBride joins a handful of other trans legislators around the country but would be the first transgender state senator. Filed under 2020 election ,  delaware ,  state senate ,  transgender ,  11/3/20
    As we head into Election Day, most everyone is focused on the presidential race. While the face-off between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is (obviously) incredibly important, state and local elections also carry an enormous impact. In this election cycle, we actually have more than 500 openly LGBTQ candidates on ballots across the nation, according to the Victory Fund. To put that number into perspective, in 2018, more than 400 openly LGBTQ candidates were on the ballot, and more than 200 were actually elected. That’s pretty amazing, and going into 2020, the increase in visibility is truly inspiring.  Daily Kos has covered a number of openly LGBTQ elected officials, including Rep. Sharice Davids, who is both the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas on the federal level, as well as the first Native American woman elected to Congress, Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado, the first openly gay governor of the state, and Danica Roem’s historic election to the Virginia House of Delegates. While every single time an openly LGBTQ person runs for office is a victory in itself,...
    On Tuesday evening, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), talked about a "mass people's movement" to secure social, economic, and human rights, which she said included a "movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia." That same night, three gay politicians made history as the first out LGBTQ keynote speakers at the convention. The speakers, billed as "rising stars" of the party, included Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Georgia state Rep. Sam Park, and Long Beach, California, Mayor Robert Garcia. Actor Kerry Washington hosted the convention on Wednesday and highlighted the troubling trend of violence against transgender people, following a segment on gun violence. In that segment, Washington introduced the "change-makers who are using their powers for good, who are working to confront other epidemics we're facing: COVID-19, structural racism, police violence against Black bodies, violence against members of the trans community." At least 26 transgender or gender-nonconforming people have been killed so far in 2020, according to the Human Rights Campaign. In 2019, there were at least 27 such deaths. The majority of the...
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