At least six openly gay Democrats were elected to the U.S. Congress this election term, but one made history that seems to have been hidden, except for those who are paying close attention.
Tammy Baldwin made a lot of news becoming the first lesbian to be elected to the U.S. Senate, but there was also a bisexual among the others elected to the House of Representatives.
The problem is that Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, wasn't always identified for her role as the first B of the LGBT contingent to be a representative of the people in Congress. As the first known Bisexual, Sinema makes history, but the mainstream media makes it hard to recognize that, because many in the media have relegated her to being lesbian, not bi, and therefore not recognizing her important relevancy.
Mainstream media tends to avoid using, or having to explain, the B-word, because it complicates things to the average reader.
Sinema, 36, won by only 6,000 votes in the 9th District of Arizona over her Republican challenger, a Tea Party guy named Vernon Parker.
“We’ve made history, and we’re proud of that, but what I am interested in is making history by making things better for the people of Arizona’s 9th Congressional District,” Sinema said in her acceptance speech.
ABC News reported her as bisexual (see here), but Rachel Maddow (herself a lesbian), only used the L-word.