A record number of LGBTQ+ lawmakers made their way to Congress after the 2020 US election. The groundbreaking news isn’t only good news for America. It’s a step forward for the global LGBT community. In New York, Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones became the first gay black candidates elected to congress. People like Torres and Jones become role models for the community and give them hope. Discrimination against people for their sexual orientation is a widespread issue, and these individuals shouldn’t lose hope. Trans women like Simona Castricum, who face severe prejudice, can look upon people like Torres and Jones for inspiration.