Colorado's Jared Polis hopes his election as the first ever openly gay candidate elected to the position of governor in US history will inspire LGBT youth.
The Democratic politician made history after he became the first ever openly gay candidate to the position of governor in US history during the midterm elections.
Now, in an interview with Teen Vogue, Polis opened up about how his LGBT identity can feel uncomfortable but also hopes he will inspire LGBT youth to run for office in the long run.
He said: “What we really hope we can achieve is a day where it doesn’t make news at all when someone is elected because of who they love or who they are.
“Hopefully it will be less of an issue for others who come next and forge the path forward.
“I really understand how others can find a lot of excitement in the fact that a state like Colorado can elect an openly gay governor, and hopefully that can inspire LGBT youth and others across the country to really reach for the stars in whatever fields they are striving for.
“It was exciting to us, my partner Marlon and I, when we got to see people like Gus Kenworthy compete in the Olympics as openly gay, and it’s exciting to us when we see singers and stars who don’t have to hide who they are and can still be successful.”