Maura Healey, first lesbian elected to lead state by winning Massachusetts governor election on NBC News Project

NBC News predicted that Democrat Maura Healey would defeat Republican Geoff Diehl in the Massachusetts governor election and win the first lesbian out lesbian governor election. Healey is State Attorney General and Diehl is a former State Representative who co-chaired former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Massachusetts. Healey’s victory was a long-awaited victory for LGBTQ supporters seeking to elect a lesbian to the highest office. Annise Parker, chairman and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which helps queer candidates get elected to public office, said Healey’s historic triumph was “LGBTQ people can have a place in American society and become respected public leaders.” “We are confident that under Maura’s leadership, Massachusetts will reach new heights as one of the most inclusive states in America,” Parker said. Healey will follow Oregon Gov, two other LGBTQ Democrats elected to lead her own state. Bisexual Kate Brown became the first public LGBTQ to be elected governor in 2015, and also the governor of Colorado. Jared Polis was the first publicly gay man to be elected governor in 2018. (Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey didn’t go out when she was elected in 2001 and came out as gay in her resignation address in 2004.) Another LGBTQ non-lesbian Democrat, Tina Kotek, is making her history with Healey. You can participate in the feat. Kotek is in a competitive three-way gubernatorial race in Oregon. Healey is no stranger to shattering glass ceilings for LGBTQ Americans. In 2009, Healey led the nation’s first successful challenge to the Marriage Protection Act, a 1996 law that banned federal recognition of same-sex marriage. And in 2014, she broke down barriers again and became the first lesbian in the United States to be elected state attorney general. According to her campaign website, Maryland-born Healey was born in Massachusetts. Before she was born she gave birth under the bed. Healey grew up on an old farmhouse in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, the eldest of five siblings. She planted her seeds in her state when she attended Harvard University, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team. After playing professional basketball for several years in Austria, she returned to Massachusetts to attend Northeastern University Law School. Years after her graduation, Healey began her public career in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, which she would one day lead. During that time, she had the opportunity to work with someone she described in her previous interview as one of her own lesbian role models. Attorney and civil rights advocate Mary Bonauto is best known in the United States for advocating for same-sex couples. The 2015 Supreme Court case Obbergefell v. Hodges, who has legalized same-sex marriage across the U.S., said in her previous interview that once Healey was elected, she used her own pulpit to respond to the numerous anti-LGBTQ bills circulating in her state legislature and her seemingly pervasive threat. He said he would fight back. Violence experienced by the community this year. At least two of these threats this summer were directed at the LGBTQ community in Boston. An affordable housing project for LGBTQ seniors was destroyed in July with homophobia and intimidating graffiti, and in August, Boston Children’s Hospital made national headlines after bombing threats to provide gender-checking services to transgender youth. “What we are seeing is really sad and unacceptable. Unfortunately, it is a reflection of the hatred and vision that divides this country,” Healey said in a previous interview. “In Massachusetts, we will fight threats and intimidation. I have done that as Attorney General, and I will do the same as Governor.” she added. We will work hard to protect their rights so that they know they are valued and loved.” Follow NBC Out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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