While many Americans cringe at the anti-mom comments made by Senate candidate Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, uncovered shortly after she was exposed for bashing her own state numerous times on camera, the LGBT community celebrates her for “breaking the lavender ceiling,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Arizona voters shattered a lavender ceiling in selecting Kyrsten Sinema as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate,” the LGBTQ Victory Fund glowingly reported of Sinema’s nomination.
JUST IN: Arizona's @kyrstensinema won her primary and is now the first openly bisexual U.S. Senate nominee of a major American political party. She will face anti-LGBTQ opponent Martha McSally in November. pic.twitter.com/X1WHZL1N5o
— Victory Fund🌈🌊 (@VictoryFund) August 29, 2018
Sinema “achieved a significant victory on Tuesday in the Arizona primary when she became the first openly bisexual person to win a major party nomination to run for a U.S. Senate seat,” the Washington Blade, an LGBT newspaper also reported.
The Human Rights Campaign has voiced their strong support for the candidate, who is currently the co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus in Congress.
“HRC proudly supports pro-equality champion Rep. Kyrsten Sinema — a strong, effective leader who puts solutions first and fights to ensure every Arizonan has a shot at the American Dream,” said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga.
In a recent interview with The Advocate, Sinema credited enduring bullying as a child with making her a stronger leader:
“Growing up LGBT is often to be tried by fire and to wrestle with the fundamental question of who you are,” she said. “Virtually all of us have faced bullying, discrimination, exclusion, or worse. When you grow up like this, working to find common ground with people you sometimes disagree with is all you’ve ever known. That’s why LGBT leaders are some of the hardest-working, most effective leaders you’ll find,” she added.
Considering she’s gained notoriety for repeatedly calling voters in her state “crazy”, bashing stay-at-home mothers as “leeches”, and repeatedly disparaging the members of our armed services, it seems that perhaps she’s driven more by bitterness than she is by anything else.
You may be surprised to learn that the candidate is in fact bisexual, as perhaps it’s not even that brave or noteworthy anymore to have a non-traditional sex life.
Meanwhile, her opponent, Republican Martha McSally, is a trailblazer of a different kind, one whose path in live has been forged with true courage and strength, as a groundbreaking female combat pilot who retired from the Air Force a full colonel.
There was a time when McSally would have been heralded as the real feminist hero between the two. But now, it’s apparently braver to consider a sexual encounter with a woman than it is to be a female leader in the military.