Election Day 2011 proved victorious for many LGBT candidates and their causes, with at least 53 out of 75 candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory fund winning seats in municipal, judicial and state legislative offices.
Among those who were successful in their campaigns were Annise Parker, a Democrat who became the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city in 2010 and was re-elected to her post despite stiff opposition. Also noteworthy were Alex Morse, a 22-year-old gay Democrat who won his race for mayor of Holyoke, Mass. by "a landslide," and Bruce Harris, who is believed to have made history as the first openly gay, African-American Republican mayor after winning election in the Borough of Chatham, N.J.
"The election of gay and lesbian candidates in places where they have never won before is a major step forward, and we could not be happier about these victories,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund is quoted by Gay Politics as saying. "All of the openly LGBT candidates who stepped up to run for office this year are true leaders who deserve our profound thanks."
Take a look at some of the LGBT candidates who won election last night. Who's your favorite?