Whatever happens in the US election, and at the time writing (early afternoon on 4th November) nobody knows what on Earth is going on, the 2020 poll will go down in history as delivering the American people their first trans senator.

Sarah McBride was first across the line in the race to become Delaware’s Senator, joining several other LGBTQ+ candidates who were elected to state legislatures across the country.

McBride’s success is one of several firsts, including the election of Kansas’ Stephanie Byers who has become the first trans person of native American origin to make it to the House of Representatives.

Ms McBride, 30, was formerly press secretary of LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign and at the White House during the Obama administration.

Mauree Turner also broke a US record, becoming the first out non-binary person elected to a state legislature anywhere in the US, winning their race to the Oklahoma state House.

In winning their race, Mx Turner also became the first Muslim to serve in Oklahoma’s state legislature.

Elsewhere, the first two openly gay black men were elected to the US Congress, both in New York.

Ritchie Torres became the first openly gay Afro-Latino member of Congress after winning his seat in the South Bronx, while Mondaire Jones won his race for a seat spanning Westchester and Rockland County.

Mr Jones also won the vote of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said she “of course” voted for him in Tuesday’s poll.

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