Two Transgender Women Won Congressional Primaries And Could Become The First Trans Members Of Congress

Sometimes voting actually does do something. Like yesterday, two transgender women won congressional primaries in Utah and Colorado, making it a very historic day. And not just because two transgender women won congressional primaries, but also because they are both named Misty, which is a nice coincidence, and because they both won in super crazy conservative districts. Both Mistys have a lot of work to get done before November in order to become the first trans members of Congress.

In Utah, Misty K. Snow will be running against tea party candidate Senator Mike Lee. Luckily, he’s not too fucking crazy, because he hasn’t quite endorsed Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee. But even if he is batshit crazy, it looks like Snow has the right stuff to take him down in a general election. Already, her primary race was tough. Snow, a 30-year-old grocery store clerk, took on her Democrat opponent Jonathan Swinton, a 35-year-old party favorite, with almost 60 percent of the vote.

If she wins, she’ll be the first Democratic senator in the state in 40 years and the youngest. She’ll also, of course, be the first transgender woman in Congress. According to the The Deseret News though, her campaign hasn’t been about identity politics. For Snow, it’s about income inequality and the working class. And now all she has to do is fundraise to beat Lee.

In Colorado, Misty Plowright, a 33-year-old ex-Microsoft employee, had the same kind of success in her district just outside of Colorado Springs. She describes herself on her website as “an Army veteran, a self-educated woman, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a passionate social democrat.” On her campaign website, she takes all of that into account, writing about LGBTQ issues like Pride month and the Orlando attack earlier this month, as well as fighting for patients’ rights in Colorado to use medical marijuana. She has her hands in a lot of progressive issues.

It almost makes a girl wish she could hop a ride to Utah or Colorado and campaign for either of them. Not just because they are transgender, but also because they support all the good issues, like equality, civil rights, and getting veterans marijuana to deal with their PTSD. I want to live in a country where transgender bathroom bills are discussed in Congress and a transgender women is there to say her piece. If they can get elected in Utah and Colorado, of all the conservative voting states, they can do fucking anything. It’s about time.