12 gay candidates to watch in 2014
“Pride Month is a time for celebration. And this year, we’ve got a lot to celebrate,” President Obama told supporters recently at the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT gala.
And it’s true. The last 12 months have been nothing short of “remarkable,” as the president said, with marriage equality’s expansion into nine more states, the NFL’s drafting of Michael Sam, the postal service’s decision to feature Harvey Milk on a stamp, and countless other steps – large and small – for equality.
As the midterm elections approach, so too does the opportunity to build on the past year’s historic achievements. Already, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund – a group working to elect LGBT leaders – is endorsing 122 candidates, and expects that number to grow well beyond 200 come November. By contrast, in the last election, Victory Fund was working with 180 candidates.
Here’s a look at gay candidates running in some of the big races to watch this year.