Six openly LGBTQ+ politicians were elected in North Carolina’s municipal elections Nov. 7 — bringing the total of openly LGBTQ+ elected officials in the state to 20.
Ben Graumann, spokesperson for Equality NC, said the elections were significant in light of North Carolina’s discriminatory legislation.
“I think overall what’s really important here is that these people have been elected in the wake of (House Bill) 2 and also (House Bill) 142 here in North Carolina,” he said. “It brings much change to the city councils across the state.”
Andrew Reynolds, a political science professor at UNC, said in an email the election of these openly LGBTQ+ officials is good news for the state and shows voters are becoming more open-minded.
“Increasingly, Carolina voters don’t care who people love. They care about the content of a candidate’s character,” he said. “And we are blessed to have some great and inspiring state leaders who happen to be LGBTQ.”