Voters in Georgia have elected the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in the U.S.
In a runoff election on Dec. 1, Simone Bell was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives.
Simone has worked for more than 20 years as an activist and advocate in Atlanta and throughout the south. She’s tackled issues including workplace equality, access to affordable health care, fighting HIV/AIDS discrimination, school safety youth empowerment and women’s issues.
In Atlanta, voters elected Alex Wan, who will become the city’s first openly gay man and first Asian-American member of the city council.
Wan is Director of Development for Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent, supportive housing for homeless or low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
Victory Fund endorsed both candidates. Out of 79 candidates endorsed, 52 of them won their races.