#FunnyMoneyRock: Meet Our First Black Gay Senator
The world witnessed a historic moment this week, as Laphonza Butler was appointed as the U.S Senator for California. She is the first Black lesbian to openly serve in Congress, the first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the Senate, and the second Black woman to represent the state in the Senate. Butler's appointment comes as a much-needed ray of hope in a time of political and social upheaval. As political junkies, we couldn't be more excited to witness and celebrate this historic moment in U.S politics.
Born in South Carolina, Butler grew up in a working-class family and began organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union when she was just 17. Since then, she has dedicated her career to fighting for workers' rights, and she was a presidential appointee to the White House Council for Community Solutions under the Obama administration. She also served for several years as the President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest unions in the U.S.
Butler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to championing women's rights and equality. As the President of EMILY'S List, an organization dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, Butler has been instrumental in supporting and endorsing female politicians across the country. She has also been a trusted advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris, serving as her senior advisor when Harris was California's Attorney General and during her time in the U.S Senate.
Butler's appointment to the Senate comes at a time when the country is grappling with issues of racial justice and police brutality. Her historic appointment brings much-needed representation and diversity to Congress, which has been dominated by white men for decades. It sends a powerful message that no matter what your race, gender, or sexual orientation, you can make a difference and create change in America.
Butler's appointment is also significant because of the issues she plans to champion in the Senate. As Governor Newsom noted in his announcement, reproductive freedom, equal protection, and safety from gun violence are all under threat. Butler is a fierce advocate for these issues and will continue to fight for them in Congress. She has already released a statement saying that she will prioritize gun reform, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and addressing the climate crisis in her work as a Senator.
Laphonza Butler's appointment as the first Black gay Senator in U.S history is a cause for celebration. It is a representation of progress, diversity, and inclusivity in a political system that has long been dominated by white men. Her appointment sends a message that anyone, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation, can make a difference and create change in America. As political junkies, we are excited to see what Butler will achieve in the Senate and how she will work tirelessly to fight for a better future for all Americans.