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LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates in an Era of Backlash

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 July 2020

Donald P. Haider-Markel
Affiliation:
University of Kansas
Patrick Gauding
Affiliation:
University of Kansas
Andrew Flores
Affiliation:
American University
Daniel C. Lewis
Affiliation:
Siena College
Patrick R. Miller
Affiliation:
University of Kansas
Barry Tadlock
Affiliation:
Ohio University
Jami K. Taylor
Affiliation:
University of Toledo

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In 2017, transgender woman Danica Roem stunned political observers in Virginia by unseating a long-time anti-LGBTQ legislator from a conservative district in the Virginia House of Delegates.1 She was the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature. Delegate Roem’s election was historic in LGBTQ political representation, but it also occurred in a period when backlash against the LGBTQ community seemed to be growing (Taylor, Lewis, and Haider-Markel 2018). These two threads led us to ask: How are LGBTQ candidates achieving historic successes even as forces seem mobilized against them?

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Symposium: State Legislative Elections of 2018
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