New Yorkers Torres, Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress(Twitter/mondokoosh)
New Yorkers Torres, Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress(Twitter/mondokoosh)

LGBT+ rights: New York City’s Ritchie Torres-Mondaire Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress

‘LGBTQ people of colour will have a seat at one of the most powerful tables, the United States Congress’: Ritchie Torres on being elected as US Congress’ first gay Black man, along with New York’s Mondaire Jones
By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | New York
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:52 AM IST

Two New Yorkers this week became the first gay men of colour elected to the U.S. Congress, making strides for LGBT+ rights while the U.S. presidential candidates were locked in a close national contest.

Democrats Ritchie Torres, a openly gay Black and Latino man from New York City’s Bronx borough, and Mondaire Jones, a openly gay Black man from a New York City suburb, won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“A wise person once said, ‘If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you’re probably on the menu,’“ Torres told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“With Mondaire Jones and I, LGBTQ people of color will have a seat at one of the most powerful tables, the United States Congress.”

Their election came as a liberal “blue wave” that had been predicted by some pundits failed to materialize, and Republicans appeared poised to retain control of the U.S. Senate and chip away at the Democratic majority in the House.

“Overall it’s a disappointment,” said Torres, who said he was hoping for a Democratic sweep of the presidency, Senate and House.

“Instead, we are likely to have divided government that could result in more gridlock,” he said.

Jones said he found support in progressive voters who said they were less excited about the more centrist views of the Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, who was running against Republican President Donald Trump.

“I encountered so many people ... who told me that voting for me was the first time they had ever been excited voting for any candidate,” Jones said.

Both Jones and Torres said they worried a divided Congress would block measures to advance LGBT+ rights such as the Equality Act, which would add sexual and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bans discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.

The House approved the measure in 2019, but the legislation stalled in the Senate.

Biden has promised to make it a priority.

“I’m willing to work with anyone and everyone in the service of causes that matter to me, but I also have no illusions about the nature of the Republican party,” said Torres.

Trump used executive orders to ban trans people from joining the military and roll back health care protections for LGBT+ people.

“We’ve made extraordinary progress, but progress is fragile and reversible,” said Torres. “If we do nothing, nothing will change, so we have no choice but to fight and fight and fight.”

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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