Jalen McKee-Rodriguez became on Saturday (5 June) the first openly gay Black man to hold elected office in Texas – and he beat the incumbent in a landslide.
Following a tense runoff, McKee-Rodriguez was elected by San Antonio voters to join the city council. In doing so, he triumphantly ousted Jada Andrews-Sullivan in the second district.
With all votes counted, he netted a thumping 63 per cent of the votes compared to just 37 per cent for Andrews-Sullivan.
The councillor-elect in fact worked under Andrew-Sullivan as a communications assistant but quit in 2019 after allegedly suffering anti-gay harassment and discrimination.
He faced off against what he described as a “hostile environment” and “retaliation” from Andrew-Sullivan’s chief of staff, Lou Miller.
Andrew-Sullivan denied that the problems in her office were due to McKee-Rodriguez’s sexuality.
Years on, and McKee-Rodriguez shattered what activists called the “lavender ceiling” as he became the first Black gay man ever elected in the state of Texas.