Lesbian sheriff wins Dem nomination in Texas gubernatorial race

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former Dallas County Sheriff and out lesbian Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night to take on anti-LGBTQ Republican incumbent in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election.

According to results from The New York Times, Valdez secured 53.1 percent of the vote in the Democratic run-off compared to the 46.9 percent won by her competitor, businessperson Andrew White. After polls closed in Texas at 7 p.m., the Associated Press called the race a few hours later at 9:37 Central Time.

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Feds say rainbow crosswalks in Kentucky pose safety hazard

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says.

Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to coincide with an annual gay pride festival. At the time, city officials said the crosswalk would be safer because it would better catch the attention of drivers.

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LGBTQ hopefuls face steep odds in bids for Congress

By : CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
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A plethora of non-incumbent openly LGBTQ candidates is seeking election to Congress this year, but a look at the polls reveals many of them are facing an uphill climb.

The Washington Blade identified 10 openly LGBTQ non-incumbent candidates running for seats in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2016, including two candidates who are the first-ever openly transgender people to win nominations from a major U.S. political party, two openly gay Republicans and a candidate who’d be the first out lesbian with children elected to Congress.

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Gay Senate candidate wins Kentucky primary; will take on Rand Paul

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Jim GrayLouisville, Ky. (AP) – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday claimed the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Kentucky, giving his struggling party a wealthy candidate with a business pedigree to take on first-term Republican Sen. Rand Paul in a state trending toward the GOP.

Gray touted his city hall experience and background in helping build his family’s successful construction company. Gray defeated six underfunded opponents in the Democratic primary.

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