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The Rainbow Wave

Will LGBTQ candidates make a difference in the midterm elections?

IN THE CROSSFIRE

Angie Craig
Christine Hallquist
Gina Ortiz Jones
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No one thought the primary race for Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District would capture national attention, but it’s been that kind of year. Races that looked like clear-cut wins for white men have turned into come-from-behind victories for women—particularly minority women. KS03 was one of those.

Sharice Davids seemed an unlikely political candidate in a solidly red state. The Native American lesbian comes from a working-class Kansas background. She was raised in a single-parent household, and worked her way through a local community college.

As amazing as it is that Davids went on to Cornell Law School, became a White House Fellow in the Obama administration, and had a side career as an MMA fighter, she then decided to run for Congress to unseat Trump-friendly Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

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As we greet a new season we also embrace new possibilities of expression. I was thrilled to welcome to our cover the beautiful Nafessa Williams, star of the CW show Black Lightning. 2018 is the year of the black superhero, and Williams is a breakout star, playing TV’s first black lesbian superhero. Season 1 was an overnight success, premiering as the network’s #1 new series. That’s great news for anyone who ever wondered if their authentic self would find representation and acceptance in the mainstream. We also take an in-depth look at the November midterm elections and the potential “Rainbow Wave” of out LGBT candidates. More diverse women than ever before are entering the political field hoping to enact necessary change, and that’s something worth celebrating. Enjoy our story on the Indigo Girls, who are trying something new musically, and meet other women from coast to coast who are pursuing their selfhood in the most delightful and inspiring ways. Hats off to Esther Newton and Casey Legler whose lifelong journeys made me proud to call this community my home.