Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Sen. Kamala Harris have been elected to the top executive posts in the U.S.. (Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot. CC 3.0 Unported license)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2020 election results are nearly in from all 50 states in the U.S. And, with that, the nation has seen the defeat of Donald Trump and Mike Pence stronghold on the White House. Comes January, there will be a new leader in town and he is Former Vice President Joe Biden, who along with his Vice President-Elect Sen. Kamala Harris, will bring back the ideals of equal and fair treatment for all of the country’s citizens. Harris will become the first woman vice president, as well as a person of color.

The hard-fought battle to capture the top leadership posts was not an easy task as the Democratic candidates were constantly lambasted for their platform.

The past four years have been tumultuous, where individual rights have been stripped away and a rise in White Supremacy, bigotry and more made their way to the forefront.

Several LGBTQ leaders expressed their joy with regard to the outcome of the election.

“This is a victory for all of us. I have full confidence that Joe Biden will put the American people over partisan politics. He will be a president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him.”

U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross

“We celebrate the election of Vice President Biden and Senator Harris, both of whom have been key supporters of civil rights for LGBTQ people and everybody living with HIV. … We look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to roll-back some of the most egregious efforts of the previous administration to deny and dilute the hard-won rights we have secured since our founding almost 50 years ago.”

Kevin Jennings, CEO
Lambda Legal

“After four long years, we can finally celebrate — our voices were loud and clear, and together, we have elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House, by more than four million votes and co … Their election proves once again that equality is a winning issue … The Biden/Harris White House will be the most pro-equality in history. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are not just our allies, but they are true advocates for LGBTQ equality.”

Alphonso David, President
Human Rights Campaign

“Equality North Carolina joins you in celebrating the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, a reign of terror that left vulnerable Americans fearful for their lives and safety on a daily basis. … In particular, we’re celebrating Kamala Harris becoming Vice President-elect, a historic win as the first woman and woman of color to serve in the role.”

Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director
Equality North Carolina

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.