BURLINGTON, VERMONT, UNITED STATES (WCAX) – Vermont Democrats made Christine Hallquist the first openly transgender person to win a major party nomination for statewide office in U.S. history as she clinched Tuesday’s (August 14) primary election for governor.
She defeated three other Democrats and will take on incumbent Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in the Nov. 6 general election, unofficial results showed.
The win “is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, said in a statement.
The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. They have been reversed under Republican President Donald Trump’s administration, a victory for religious conservatives who only recognize traditional gender roles.