Rep. Mary Gonzalez was sworn in this week, officially making her America’s first openly pansexual elected official and Texas’ only out lawmaker. Gonzalez, a Democrat, is also the first woman to represent Texas’ District 75.
The El Paso native begins her tenure driven to be an influential presence within the legislature: “I want [mine] to be the most progressive, most inclusive, most welcoming office to everybody who comes in,” Gonzalez told The Dallas Voice.
Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe emphasized the importance of Rep. Gonzalez’ election: “This is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas. The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin. And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all.”
Gonzalez is just the second openly LGBT individual to serve in the Texas legislature. (The first, former State Rep. Glen Maxey, served from 1991 to 2003.)