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9 queer political figures creating a more perfect union this election year

2020 is shaping up to be the mother of all election years, and not just because there is a political awakening happening all across the nation. The sheer number of LGBTQ candidates running for office at all levels of government is unprecedented in American history.

With literally hundreds of queer candidates on ballots and even more working behind the scenes, it would be impossible to include them all in our Pride 50 roundup. So we've done our best to select a mix of people to highlight, knowing full well that there are many, many others who are just as deserving and worthy of honor this pride season.

Regardless of what happens in November, these politicos are taking up the challenge to run for office, raise funds, and to organize and strategize behind the scenes, all helping to pave the way for the future of equality.

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3. Alex Lee

Alex Lee is running the District 25 seat in the California Assembly, representing Alameda and Santa Clara counties. If elected in November, he will become the youngest Asian-American, first openly bisexual person, and first Gen-Zer elected to the California State Assembly at the age of 24.

Lee is very much at the beginning of his political career, but he has already built up an impressive resume. While studying at UC Davis, he served as student president and oversaw a $13 million annual budget while closing a $250,000 deficit. He also interned at the district office of former Congressman Mike Honda and with several California state legislators.

After college, Lee worked a short stint as district intern for California State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curr before moving on to legislative aide for California State Senator Henry Stern and later Assembly field representative for California State Assembly member Evan Low.

Then, in June 2019, he announced he was running office himself and set about raisings tens of thousands and securing endorsements from the California Democratic Party, LGBTQ Victory Fund, and Equality California.

Lee told Queerty:

There are ignorant people who will try to judge your identity for you. This is one of the biggest challenges of publicly expressing myself, and if I am elected and able to champion that more, I want to bring more awareness and visibility to our community.

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