Latina lesbians win Texas primaries

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Mary E. Gonzalez on May 29 won a decisive Democratic primary to represent District 75 in the Texas House of Representatives.

The openly lesbian candidate, who was endorsed by the national Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, faces no Republican opponent in November. So she will win the El Paso seat and become the state’s only openly LGBT lawmaker.

“This is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas,” said Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund president. “The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin. And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all.”

Gonzalez will become just the second openly LGBT individual to serve in the Texas Legislature. The first, former state Rep. Glen Maxey, served from 1991 to 2003.

Other Victory Fund-backed candidates winning their primary elections in Texas on May 29 include Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

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