- Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones were elected in New York 15th and 17th districts respectively
- The two made history after becoming the first black gay men elected to Congress in the United States
- Americans went to the ballot on Tuesday, November 3, and tallying of votes is still ongoing
Two gay black men in the United States have made history after being elected to the Congress.
Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, who are both Democratic candidates, won their House seats in New York going down in history as the first openly homosexual men in Congress.
According to the Independent, Torres succeeded Jose Serrano who retired, and 13 candidates, including Reuben Diaz who is pro-Donald Trump and who held some pretty radical anti-gay marriage positions, were looking to replace him.
When Torres, who also has Latino roots, won the primaries in June 2020 for New York's 15th District, he labelled his victory as Poetic Justice.
"What better way to trounce politics of homophobia than this," he said.
For Jones, winning the New York's 17th District was a dream come true.
Speaking in a past interview, he said it was such an honour to be able to represent many people of the LGBTQ community.
"Growing up poor, black and gay, I did not imagine someone like me could not only run but win," he was quoted by News York Times.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that South African artist Rasta recently took to Twitter with a picture of his latest artwork - a portrait of President Donald Trump and his highest competitor for the Presidential position in the US 2020 elections, Joe Biden.
Rasta, who is not new to criticism from South Africans over his controversial and sometimes questionable artistry, captioned the Twitter post:
"Opposition painted with one brush #USElections."
Once again South Africans headed to the comment section of the post - which received just over 200 likes- to share their thoughts on his work.
Many Saffas did not find the portrait appealing, cracking many jokes about it.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!