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Ali Khorasan, Who Identifies As Bisexual, is the 49th LGBTQ Candidate in Texas

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By John Wright

The record number of LGBTQ candidates in Texas keeps growing.

Ali Khorasan, a Democrat running in Congressional District 2, contacted OutSmart on Jan. 25 to let us know that he is openly bisexual.

Khorasani, who describes himself on his campaign website as a “leftist progressive, a millennial and a scientist,” is among five Democrats and nine Republicans vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Ted Poe.

Distirct 2 covers much of Montrose, Houston’s historically LGBTQ neighborhood. However, GOP candidates for the seat railed against LGBTQ rights during a recent forum.

Khorasan is the only candidate on our list who identifies as bisexual. Incumbent state Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, identifies as pansexual.

If Khorasan wins the seat, he would become only the second bisexual person elected to Congress. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, who’s running for Senate this year, became the first in 2012.





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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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